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Stopped getting work in the middle of Dec and found a new job.. however he

Posted By: still owes me this last check....sm on 2006-01-06
In Reply to: Klaar - frustrated Jen

There are some who work locally to the office.  Has anyone asked them if the office is open?  I live in a different state.  What a royal mess!

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I gave two weeks notice... but stopped doing their work FIRST
Since they refused to give me a raise after 7 years of loyal service to 3 doctors full-time, i gave me 2 weeks but didn't do their work in my 24-hour TAT window because I was SO p*ssed. I got it done "on my time" at that point. I have a hot head i can't help it... plus it was a huge slap in the face when not only they weren't giving me a raise, they expected my paychecks to decrease because they were mad they were paying for templates! we seriously were like a little family... that was three months ago and im STILL hurt about it...
Just got it today. Just stopped pacing to try to calm down. Didn't work. See inside---

The cover story should be posted on their online site within a month or so for those who do not receive the printed version as well. 

If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't sleep, I work a few hours sm
then I go back to sleep and when I wake up do more hours. A "regular day" no way.
I found the work!!!!!!!!!!
I just heard what happened to the work - Tonya Wimberly-Huger ate it! LOL! LOL! LOL!
What I have found to work the best, is to put
a standard-size bed pillow in my lap (prop it against desk or keyboard tray) and that helps me to sit back with my back against the chair.  I tend to lean forward a bit.   You also might want to get something to put under your feet like a thick phone book, an old wooden Coke box, or something similar.  This tends to make you sit straighter too.    I've tried pillows and that butterfly shaped cushion between me and my chair and they just weren't comfortable. 
I found this in the archives. I need to try it myself to see if it will work. sm
evacuee - just found work at library

Hope I am doing this right. Do not know how to reply to posts but here goes -

Library down the street from where I am staying has wireless internet. They said I could stay there all day. Going to by a lap top tonight!!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Called Medquist. My supervisor and the main office I am from - kind of overwhelmed with calls from evacuees and their e-mails.

Talked to payroll. VEry helpful. Said I could use vacation time for day I missed. Medquist is not THAT bad!!!

Michelle :)

I found out the hard way that first in always have the work. Supervisor sm
doesn't care what time I work. As was stated to me first come first serve.
Or why not hire an IC to work on the account under you? You found it
and it is your reputation and bidding that sealed the account, why not ask IC's to BID on it. You might find somebody who loves derm work and wants the money. Even if you only make 1-2 cpl over your IC it adds up.
Mistakes found in other people's work

I work on a platform where we can pull up previously-transcribed reports for samples.  I have worked for this company for about 7 months now and have never had a QA done on my work.  I like to know if I am doing something wrong or if there is a better/easier way of doing things.  While going through some reports to get samples I have noticed things that are not that big a deal, but more along the line of somebody padding their lines, i.e., in the laboratory section writing out the number seventeen, in extremity examination writing out plus-two pedal pulses, cranial nerves two through twelve, things like this.  Also, things like sclerae IS instead of are.  Our accounts are not verbatim.

I guess my question is what would most of you do, leave it alone or say something about it?  I have left it alone for this long, but it just doesn't sit well with me.  I'm sure I do things that are wrong too and that is why I wouldn't mind getting reviewed every now and then to ensure consistency and quality.  Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions. 

I've found you have to work more than 8 hours a day to
If I had to stick to an 8-hour time period, I couldn't afford to continue.
No flame here - think it's great you found something that will work for you plus get clothes clea
at the same time.  Thanks for sharing this tip with us!
I had found an earlier post that said Infinity would work with InScribe, but sm
I don't think the poster knew about the most recent upgrade.

I had also read about the start/stop pedal being frustrating due to it not stopping immediately. I did find one at Dictran that said exclusively for InScribe, but there are two types there, so that was also confusing!

I used to work for a hospital that used Meditech and we found the line counts to be inconsistent. SM

I used to be a supervisor and was trying to find a way to monitor productivity on Meditech and found that line counts fluctuated greatly!  I did all kinds of comparisons - typed reports in word and counted the lines in word with MP Count and then compared it with Meditech and there was sometimes near a 200 line discrepancy at the end of the day.  Then we found that running a line count twice in Meditech on the same MT and same reports would get us two different numbers with about 20 lines difference.

Meditech is just not MT friendly, but unfortunately MTs are at the bottom of the list of considerations when choosing an EMR system.  I gave up and started keeping track of minutes of dictation.

I've found this resource pretty useful for rehab work. Link inside.

Have this as one of my bookmarks - found this handy whilst handling rehab work. Hope this helps!


My kid stopped going at 18.....SM

She liked her pediatrician so much she stayed until 18.....

Re QA, has anyone stopped
looking at their edited reports? I simply cannot do it anymore. For 18 years I have been transcribing medical reports, and the more I type the worse QA seems to think I am. It is to the point I cannot bear to look at my reports anymore...it is crazy with tiny little errors and it only makes me sick, literally. Then if I want to take 1/2 hour out of my time I can relisten to all my reports, and 8 out of 10 times it is a 50-50 chance of who is right but of course it is always the editor. I get through the 'grunt' work, piecing together a puzzle from some horrendous dictator, with a 99% completed report, send to QA for 1 blank, and it comes back with 3 or 4 ridiculous noncritical errors which matter nothing to the content of the report, and all because someone was able to 'listen' against my already typed report (aww, that is so hard!) and found 'is' where it is totally questionably there or not, and I am sick of fighting it anymore. I have spent WAY TOO MUCH time worrying about this ridiculous stuff. What I want to know is: Does anyone else not look anymore, and how much can it hurt. There are editors who just want to mark off for something, anything, and make a name for themselves it seems even at the expense of ruining someone's QA score. How about I just stop looking and let a manager fire me one day because my score is down...who cares anymore. I will not even respond to posts with the attitude that we need to provide quality to the customers blah blah blah - hey, if hospitals wanted quality the work would NOT be going overseas to ESL transcriptionists in the very first place, nor would capitation be in place and all the woes that has brought, nor would our personal information be 'out there' floating around so some day it can be breached. That argument is totally lost on me. American MTs get constant abuse from not only the dictators but again also from editors, all the while reports come back from India or elsewhere with never a care or problem from hospitals at their quality or errors...oh it is a big joke all the time how many errors they make but that is okay, that is acceptable for them. For us - look out, you are constantly harassed and repeatedly tormented on a daily basis over this. It is not right, it just is not right.
I stopped letting them do that.
Too many times they had inexperienced techs who messed everything up.  Once my computer crashed because of what they did.  Another time, another company, they deleted a program and nothing would work right.  Just because they say they are a computer tech does not mean they know anything.  Many do not even have a certificate, just a litle on the job training. 
That was a while ago and they stopped docking pay.
I use ESP and mine stopped just

I have a question.  How do you have 2 list open at the same time?  I can merge 2 list but I don't know or see a way to have 2 separate list open. 

p.s.  This is a work computer, not my PC, so the software may or may not be the same.

They stopped making those back around
1914.  But hope you find one anyway!  Main thing is be happy with yourself and your life.  Funny thing is years ago my son wanted a fish tank, so we kept upgrading to larger sizes, going from 5 gallon, to 10 to 35 and then 40 gallon.  At that point, I told my son, "I will not get a larger tank because I will not get married just to have a man around to carry that ding-dong tank!!"  That is the way I live my life; what I can handle and what makes me happy and trying not to have to depend on a DH to help.  Maybe one day, I'll find a good man just to hang around with.  Have a beautiful day!! 
I took Relora but stopped. What really worked was sm
eliminating all the refined sugars and "white" carbs from my diet and beginning a sensible exercise program. I had my cortisol measured and it was through the roof. After adhering to this type of diet since last March, I have lost over 30 lb and have really gotten into exercise and am training for a 60 mile bike ride next month.
Hmmmm...they stopped with the stamps here
They stopped in 1989 and signed the
Yes, especially since my printer stopped talking to me.
believe me, outsourcing out of the country will be stopped soon. sm
Do you know how many U.S. doctors or clinics who contract with a US transcription co. who outsources actually know their patient's confidentiality records are leaving the country? ...very few. These docs are clueless, not by their own fault, but by the deceiving company who represents themself as a U.S. based co. (which may be true). However, they fail to "share the info. with the doc" informing them "by the way, we send your dictation to India". This info. IMO has just started to surface for access by physicians. If HIPAA passes the strict regulations on patient confidentiality, you don't think there's gonna be a big crack-down on this? U.S. MT's and honest US based transcription companies need to ride the bumps in the road now because things will get better for us. We are not talking about outsourcing work to China to sew shirts to bring back to the US dept. stores, we are talking about patient medical records. I was once a small MTSO, and I can say with 100% certainty, I would not take the legal chance of playing with patient medical records by sending them out of the country, not to mention taking jobs away from US MTs. If MTSOs were not outsourcing, our pay scale would go up and you could probably find better employees who were willing to work harder, thus reducing your costs for editing, etc.
I stopped by the office and everyone was way too polite.
The part where she cut off the clinical diagnosis and then typed "love your chest report, great work!" on it was what sent me into a spin.
the only reason I stopped doing local
accounts and tapes is because HIPAA came about and said that tapes being transported were in violation - so I went with a national - and now our information is going to Pakistan, India, Philipines - think we all felt safer with tapes. 
I stopped using artificial anything years ago and
ANYTHING with artificial sweetner of any kind, no matter how far down on the label it is, makes me sick. I get sick to my stomach, get a headache and just feel horrible! I cannot convince any doctor of this and when I went to a bariatric specialist to loose weight he all but told me I was crazy. Even gave me samples knowing they had artificial sweetner in them, but didn't tell me that. I used them, got sick and took them back for a refund and never went back.

I HATE when people (such as grandparents, and well meaning parents) give my kids things with artificial sweetners in them. Especially when they know I am against it.

I live by one word now....MODERATION. If it says anywhere on it "sugar free" it goes back on the shelf. But they are getting better and better about hiding it. Its even hard to find a protein bar without it in it!!!
nevermind...stopped working again.
I stopped going to the doctor since our clinic
decided to outsource transcription services and lay off the entire department. I don't want my medical records leaving this state. If I do need medical care, I'll go to the ER or an independent physician. The problem is that nobody knows or understands what happens to their medical records.
Oh, I found it really creepy when you said you found the flowers not so skillfully arranged on your
steps, and from your own flower bed.  That's what I was worried about, having gone thru some psycho kids myself with my pups.  Someone's been in your yard and in your garden and at your door without your knowledge.  Its just creepy to me, and I'd still be very, very careful.  Especially valid sounded the other MTs warning you about potential fake molestation charges.  You just NEVER know nowadays, and these people have already turned on you big time once. Luckily (though I don't believe in luck), you had it on film to save yourself and your puppy.  You might not be that lucky next time, and the whole thing just sounds very unstable to me right now.  I know you feel sorry for the little girl, but probably the only time I have ever made BAD decisions regarding my life is when I felt sorry for someone, particularly kids.  My son even has an evil kid in his life, but one who has a million reasons for sympathy, and I was saying how we should "be bigger" than the situation and invite this kid over to play.  Thankfully, I regained my sanity long enough to remember - ever time I have done something like that on a personal basis for someone just because I feel sorry for them AFTER horrible behavior, it has always been a disaster... Be kind, but you don't have to risk your family again. Be kind from a distance.  Its sorry she went thru this horrible experience, but YOU didn't cause it, and its not really your problem.  But it could be your problem if this kid acts out in your life.  Know what I mean?
My number keypad stopped working
Number lock is on, but it backspaces every time I hit a number.  The numbers on the regular keyboard work.  I'd appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks.
This is of no help, but I stopped working anyplace that required me
I stopped posting for the most part, because some S.A. always has something to say negatively about
I they don't like your post, why not just ignore it?
Why would you allow this to go on for five years? You should have stopped it a long time ago. nm
Had it and it worked okay but then suddenly stopped working
Found out every Transcriptionist using a C-phone had that problem. Magic Jack changed something one weekend about 1-1/2 to 2 months ago and it no longer works with a foot pedal.
I think they stopped hiring Canadian MTs last year. nm
Those laws sure haven't stopped my co. from making
Katrina has stopped 1 of the 2 oil/gas piplines from delivering to our state....sm

Right now they have no idea when it will be back up and they're warning everyone in Georgia about potential $3.00 and above for gas by the weekend as well as possible gas shortages.   The governor and energy officials are working on trying to get emergency shipments from other sources. 

I'm glad I have a full tank and work from home - hopefully I can ride this crisis out but I know others don't have the work at home luxury.

i stopped reading at the unwed pregnancy part
statistics have shown that teen pregnancy has gone down in the past 30 years. Most unwed pregnancies these days are by choice by grown women. In 1996 I was 25, wanted a child and was not married, so I made the decision to have a child on my own. Is that a bad thing? Now, I own my own home, my daughter wants for nothing and is a straight A student, and I am by no means rich or come from money. I work hard and have instilled good values in my daughter. I don't see that as any part of some explosion of bad behavior....sorry but I have to disagree with you. If you are offended by what you saw/heard/smelled that is fine but to judge these people as "bad", well that's for a higher power to decide, don't you think?
I stopped my HRT when studies showed it did not prevent osteoporosis. sm
I have osteoporosis.  The govt halted a study on HRT as the women involved had more heart problems than those on the placebo.  Too scary for me.  In addition, my hair was falling out excessively.  Since I have been off it, my hair is back to normal, but the flashes have come back.   Even more repulsive to me was when I found out that the HRT I was on came from the urine of pregnant mares that were impregnated just to get the HRT ingredients, then the colts were destroyed.  No way.  There are over-the-counter remedies for hot flashes, but now they claim that black cohosh causes liver cirrhosis.  So, I'm not taking anything. 
Not me. Stopped watching after the twins were born. Too many kids.
mine stopped doing that weeks ago. I believe the glitch is fixed. NM
I found out a long time ago that there are two kinds of editing.. one is editing MTs work (like QA)
and the other is editing as in VR. I have done VR editing, but when I put down this as experience on a resume, I was asked by the HR person if this meant that I had "edited" other MTs work. I think there is a lot of confusion out there and I wish they would just keep that as QA instead of calling it editing. Just be clear in what you want to edit as most companies that expect you to "edit" other MTs in a QA position do require you have a lot of experience. If you just going for VR editing, which is what Transcend has available and there are a few companies out there doing VR, none of which I think really require much experience as it is easy to learn. Hope I made some sense and it can be pretty confusing on how companies use the term "editing" thus it effects their expectations as far as experience goes.
Used to be Tom Cruise but he stopped being irresistable when he became a lunatic. Lost all respect!

I do ER charts for East Jefferson, but of course those stopped yesterday, been worried about them nm
It is kind of scary. I stopped at 4:30 a.m. today because I figured I'd better sleep some. sm
At least the power of suggestion had me concerned...I seemed more productive though, got almost 2 times the lines in I would have otherwise, because I knew I had to get to sleep earlier. If everyone were like me though those overnight early morning stats would not meet TAT. But then again, an early grave might not be worth worrying about a couple of hours TAT after all...
I have never found a program shorthand does not work with, it works outside the program (I think tha
Dr. wants to cut out middle man and keep
Middle GA
Hey Mina! We are neighbors. I am in Byron.