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Thank you for this info!! Texas has passed law to be effective sept. 1, 2006!!!! nm

Posted By: txmwmt on 2005-12-02
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Sept 2003
I agree with you. I believe the Honolulu mtg is in Sept this yr but
cannot swear to it.

I do bet I know who will have their trips paid though--maybe employees of MW (maybe BH or BM or VP). This co is practically AAMT.

Those of us on the east coast would have to take an addition 2 days in travel each way, so there is 4 days gone right there. While the idea is nice, I am with you on the fact that if I go to Hawaii, I certainly do not want to go to sit in meetings. Of course, all you have to do is sit in 1 for the writeoff, but still, that is way too far to go, just as the trip to Australia was too far to go last year. I would have loved to have gone to either of those places though for a normal reason.

I would still go if someone were to donate the money to me in dollar bills. I remember one was so bold to ask for that for the Australia trip and that took nerve, but where there is determination, are there no bounds? Gotta love determination! I was not so inclined.

In any event, AAMT lost me and probably will lose all their practitioners who have been around awhile. Let the new blood have them. They can pull the wool over their eyes. I have had it with AAMT. No more.
The new Grey's won't start until Sept.
Sept 5 - have a calm August up ahead - sm
the last 2 months have been nuts with Dr. appts (eye, dentist, oncologist, regular checkups); only have 2 scheduled this month, yeah, and only 1 weekend trip. Try to do some local stuff in the remaining month we have though if we don't fry first. Hit 100 today here in VA (NE of Richmond); it's 99 now and 5:30 p.m. NUTS!!!
quit my previous job in JUNE, not Sept!
I must have September-on-the-brain!
Mine don't go back until Sept. 7 - VA - get out usually 2nd week in June - nm
Yes, Sept. 7 will not be here fast enough - kids are getting more hyper as each day passes! - nm
Rates have simply gone up. We've spent over 500 since Sept. on propane.
not 100% effective for me and I went

That's one of the most effective things any MT (sm)
can do currently, and individually. Set a higher personal minimum than the shameful "national average", and stick to it. Every drop in the bucket counts. If US MTs (AND editors, by the way!)demand a fair wage, it won't matter how much work they think they can send offshore, if they can't get any quality workers to clean it up for them. Editors, you are totally being GYPPED! You not only have to know MT inside and out, but you have to sit there and stare at someone else's work, while listening to the doctors drone on and on. You're considered the last line of defense before the finished work goes off to the doc for a signature. You should be making MORE every year, not LESS! You, too, are putting yourselves *on sale* if you accept the paltry pay the nationals offer you.
I wondered if it would be effective
To train a voice recognition to your voice, listen to the dictation and just restate it into your VR. Seems if the software learns you well, there'd be very little keyboarding needed. No more carpal tunnel, and typing speed would be irrelevant.

Anyone use this method?
Wouldn't it be more effective....
if you did not mention the MT business.  I think the larger scale of things is more effective - 30 MILLION jobs, AT LEAST, and counting.  As I mentioned, that is the equivalent of the total population in 3 U.S. states!!  Talk about this hurting Uncle Sam's income.  I did not want to sound like a small group of typists who make no difference in the grand scheme of things.  Share your letter with us, will you?
Oops! .. Fever few probably not effective for
headaches related to tension/muscle strain.
As we all know, the only effective way to lose weight
is diet and exercise. I have tried MediFast, SlimFast, phentermine, all of them. In the end, the only that really worked and help maintain my figure is eating right and exercise, exercise and more exercise.

I always wanted the fast road to a "skinny" body, but guess way, the weight crept back on faster than I lost it. So, I decided to just eat right, limit fatty foods and carbs, and exercise. I joined a gym and go 3x a week. It really does stimulate you.

Good luck to you, but really none of those plans work unless you change your lifestyle.

I can't help with cost effective comparisons, but
C phone is basically a glorified telephone. It sends additional signals besides just your normal phone beeps. For example if the dictation system has a certain tone it requires for "next job" you can program your c-phone to match that, so that when you press the button, it gives you the next report. Your programming information you find with your phone, the system information you get from your work or client.

There are several brands of C-phones out there of varying affordability.

Hope that helps and apologies in advance if it's not what you're looking for. Good luck!
cost effective approach???

Okay, I am ready to start out with my own "company". I don't want the inconvenience of tapes yet the equipment to setup my own dial-up service is prohibitively expensive.  Does anyone provide cost effective services where I can offer a 800 dial up service?  OR, any rental options? Is anyone using this kind of service?  What does it cost? Thanks. 

I use Koss headphones. They are huge, but effective.
quality apparently isn't cost-effective,
so it's time for us all to be very afraid - not only for our jobs, but for the accuracy of our personal medical records and those of the people we love.

I thought I had a career for life, but I was so wrong.

Including refusing to work effective now? nm
I needed way too much SJW to take the edge off. Wasn't cost effective for me. nm
USATasp is an easy to use, EXTREMELY cost effective solution.

Contact sales@usatasp.com for a free demo!

Your insurance benefits will be effective through the period of time you have paid them which...sm

could be the end of the week or the end of the month or the day that the company calls the insurance company to cancel them. You cannot depend on thinking if you quit in the middle of the month you will be covered through the end of the month. You have to find out exactly from your company. Also for COBRA benefits you are eligible for up to 18 months or perhaps longer in special circumstances but yes you have to pay the premium all by yourself, the company doesn't chip in at all. The plus side is you are still in a group plan. You cannot get individual insurance unless you have NOTHING at all wrong with you, no high blood pressure, no depression, nothing. It is very important to not have a lapse in coverage greater than 60 days. If you do, you will lose coverage for any preexisting conditions when you go to your next GROUP insurance (this is the other part of HIPAA - portability). If for example you are covered for high blood pressure and you don't choose COBRA and your insurance lapses for more than 60 days, when you get on the next group plan, they will not cover your high blood pressure M.D. visits or medications for up to 1 year.

You can get relatively cheep individual coverage if you choose a high deductible, to carry you through. That is, if you can get it. Good luck.

Most recent Consumer Reports magazine did an article about this. Most effective was hormone replac
I think it's still $5.15 in FL until 2006...sm

it's going up to $6.15 in Florida this year I read......still not nearly enough in my opinion.....*tsk tsk*

But happy that the states may be taking it over....*S*

thanks everyone! I've passed all of this
info to my mother. i'm so glad it's her house and not mine :)
Oh how sad! I did not know she had passed.
I agree, RIP Shelly!!
Just passed the CMT...sm
I'm just bragging on myself.  I have 2 years' experience.  The transcription was easier than I thought!
yea - i passed
had gotten an error message - emailed the site - and was supposed to get back a response - of course, on this board, the response has never come. Not surprising. They don't care unless you post something controversial - then they are all up in arms and kick you off the boards - we all figure out how to get back on - though - we're never gone for long.
I passed it!!!
I was really shocked!!! It was not as hard as the review guide so that was a good thing. I finished the entire test in 2.5 hours but you have 6 total for both portions.

I'm going to repost at the top so maybe others can see my response and it can hopefully help others!

Thanks for asking!!!
No kidding. I was going to buy a 2006. nm
MTme on 2006-05-02
I don't expect anybody to read anybody else's mind for me?  Unless maybe you know how to read minds??
2006 Saturn Ion
Will say it this way, seventies. Not 2006.
Class of 2006
Who said 0.00 because its just a high school graduation?  My middle son just graduated this year and we did give him a huge graduation party with a buffet, cake, ice cream, balloons, napkins imprinted with his name and "Class of 2006" on them, etc.  We did the party here in our home on a Sunday afternoon and invited family, close friends and a few teachers he had kept in touch with through the years.  Yes, it was his job to earn the diploma and such was expected of him; however, the party was our reward to him for a job well done.  He did receive lots of gifts -- some were money, some were things for college, etc.  The monetary gifts ranged from $5 to $200.  My son was just as grateful for the $5 gifts as he was for the $200 (grandparents).  He also received only cards from a few people who attended, and he was still grateful for their sharing his special day.  One of the gifts he was most excited about was a gift card to a bookstore.  He spent a couple of hours wandering around trying to decide what books he wanted to purchase.  Another gift he cherishes to this day is "A Book of Prayers for the Graduate."  Don't give more than you can afford.  If a card is the best one can do, then its enough because they're acknowledging an accomplishment and milestone in a young adult's life.
The 5th edition was put out in 2006. Definitely
Not able to see 2006 posts
How do I get to see posts from 2006?  The archives seem to show me 2004 and 2005.  Sorry if this is an obvious answer, but I am not seeing it. 
Sorry meant to say 2006.....- nm
$35K in 2006, PT. Last year sm
Argh! Probably about $28 to $30K. Took a job that kept running out of work. I have a full time job now and a PT IC. I think I will break $40K for 2008. I HOPE I do anyway.
Right, retired in 2006...sm
Due to medical problems, and I am certainly not up on the latest technology or who is getting what type of work. When I retired, V/R was just becoming widespread and I never was involved in it. I just loved the ESLs, but maybe they have gotten worse/more careless/truly don't GAS. My sister had one that I could hardly understand either.
CMT 1992-2006. sm
Don't worry about the test. Like Iowan said, just register and take it. I had to drop mine when I retired, but I enjoyed having it when I was working. :)
Ok, I give up. My dad passed away

a year ago today and weird things have been happening since. On his birthday the coffee pot stopped working, which was a gift from him. On father's day, the washer stopped working, another gift from him. Today, the dryer decided it didn't like the new washing machine and decided to join its old counterpart in appliance heaven. That was another gift from him. All these items were less than 2 years old. Either he's a bad gift giver or he's messing with my head. Don't know whether to laugh or cry at all the crazy coincidences or call out ghostbusters. Why can't he break the stupid things like the lawnmower?

Ok, I give up. My dad passed away

a year ago today and weird things have been happening since. On his birthday the coffee pot stopped working, which was a gift from him. On father's day, the washer stopped working, another gift from him. Today, the dryer decided it didn't like the new washing machine and decided to join its old counterpart in appliance heaven. That was another gift from him. All these items were less than 2 years old. Either he's a bad gift giver or he's messing with my head. Don't know whether to laugh or cry at all the crazy coincidences or call out ghostbusters. Why can't he break the stupid things like the lawnmower?

I passed the RMT exam! sm
Sheesh!  It took them long enough to give me the results.  I was thinking I'd be eligible for the CMT before I received the RMT results.  The earth didn't shake for me when I received the results like when I found out I passed my nursing boards, but I'll take it. 
If you passed the CMT before, I'm sure you can pass it again... (sm)
especially since you have an additional 7 years of experience. Someone told me they make you listen to the dictation snippets without the use of a foot pedal. Really...that is funny. What MT would work without a foot pedal? Unless of course they were a double amputee. Sorry I'm so wordy tonight. I just got done with my shift and am a bit punch drunk at 3 am.

Anyway, the RMT is just for new graduates to test their basic skills.

Good luck with your CMT recert. I have my 2 years at the end of the month and am thinking about taking it myself.

I passed the CMT exam!

I am pleased.

I took it in March and passed

Don't sweat the transcription.  The CMT Review Guide serves more to scare that provide an accurate representation of the transcription portion, IMO.

Just take it when you are ready.  If you don't have the 2 years' experience yet, you will benefit from taking the RMT first because it is very similar in format.  The RMT is far less intimidating than the CMT before you actually sit down to take the test.

It's very reassuring that you can receive the results immediately.  Heck, even nursing boards that are all multiple choice questions don't give you an immediate answer.

Good luck!

CMT exam ~ I passed!

Thanks for the responses I received last week and your good luck wishes.  It helped!!  I passed the test!

There are 2 sections - the first is 106 questions in which you have 2 hours to complete.  The second portion is 62 questions and you have 4 hours to complete that section.

Section 1 is multiple choice and is about terminology, disease process, grammar, and some anatomy.  You have the ability to "mark" an answer and then see a list at the end so you can go back to that particular question.  You really have ample time.

Section 2 consists of the actual dictations.  You never have an entire report to transcribe though.  Some questions vary from proofreading to picking the correctly punctated sentences, etc.  You have no foot pedal on the test and use your mouse to play, pause, rewind, etc.  In some questions, you type the entire audio.  On other questions, there is a paragraph already there, you listen to the audio for the paragraph, and then type the ommited text only.  It's very important to follow the directions and do only what you are asked.  Again, you can go back and review your answers before you submit your test.

When you feel you are cmoplete, you click one final button to submit the test and within about 5 seconds of processing, a screen will pop up with your results.  I saw the words PASS and I was so relieved!!!

After leaving the test site, I stopped by the hospital and signed my documents to receive an 8% raise on my base pay and an extra 2 cents per line on my incentive pay.  I definitely think the $150 for the test was a good investment!!!

Again, thanks for your support!!!!

I took the first part and passed it.
It's actually a really easy test. They sent me the second part (the transcription part) and I decided not to proceed as there were 4 files to type and they seem pretty long. However, just because you've "been in the industry for over 20 years" doesn't mean you've been doing things correctly! You really shouldn't knock the test because it was really easy, but maybe you just need to brush up on things and you'll pass it another time.
I passed the CMT this week! sm

I know there is a lot of debate about the CMT, AHDI etc., but for me personally -  I am extremely pleased that I finally took the time to sit for the exam. 


I agree akward way to say it, but perhaps they changed it because it should've read:  Only lipase elevated, past 3 times normal. 

Thus, saying that NOW the lipase is elevated, however, the last 3 were normal.  ????