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The new QA plan is that you must have 3 reports proofed every month and maintain a 98% average and

Posted By: MQNE on 2005-07-11
In Reply to: WE KNOW!! What IS the new QA plan?!?! nm - LOL

also have less than 15% of your work go to QA with blanks or you will be put on suspension and have all your work go to QA and also to adhere to the AAMT guidelines we were sent that included the one space after a period, etc. etc. That is as much as I remember quite frankly about the whole thing. It is the Amherst office doing this so I guess only the NE is doing this now. I am not really sure. Everytime I turn around it is something new anymore. It gets very tiresome.

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    I hope you proofread your reports closer than you proofed this post
    No offense, but it kinda makes me cringe. And, no, I'm not the OP. I just had to read your post a couple of times to comprehend it through all of the typos.

    I was at first, but we're on a budget plan so I know how much we have to pay each month.

    I average $5000 a month
    I usually work 7 days a week. I work for a national full time and have a part time IC position. It's easy for me because I work from home anyway. Instead of lying around watching tv, I go to my computer and work.

    Last year, I increased my savings by $24,000. I religiously deposit $2000 a month into savings. If you are willing to work, you can make lots of money. I can work as much as I want to with my IC position.
    No benefits either being per diem but definitely ask about the average hours per month you can....

    expect to work. Most per diems are only allowed to work a certain number of hours per week. 

    Also, find out how much "notice" you will get for working; i.e., will they call you a day or two in advance, or call you the day they want you to work?

    The bright side of per diem is that usually a hospital will hire the per diems if they are interested in a full time job before posting elsewhere. It's your foot in the door so to speak.

    PA...average$56 a month with central AC on all day...1800 sq. ft. house.
    How many reports is an average
    I mean hospital work, the basic 4, and not short reports, or overly long. Most are between 5 and 9 minutes, some talking fast, some slow, and some average. Also, no radiology.
    Calling all ICs. Just curious. How many lines and reports do you average per day at

    whatever company you are working at currently? I'm wondering because it seems like I work A LOT (I should actually start counting hours, but I don't) and at the end of the evening my line count is so low and it will say 8 or 9 reports, even though it feels like I have done about 20 or so (this is DQS, but you can answer with whatever co. you work for).


    Thanks so  much!

    Our department does 1200+ reports a day. They average 11 lines. nm
    This is for 2-3 line normal chests to MRIs. They look longer, but if you take 65 characters with spaces, you will be surpised. Here's an example:


    INDICATION: Chest pain.

    FINDINGS: Heart size within normal limits. Lungs are clear.

    IMPRESSION: Normal chest.

    This is 116 characters with spaces, which is 3 lines (if you round up - actually 2.55 lines). If by the line, you would make $0.30.

    Something to think about.

    Do the same with an MRI of the knee. Copy and paste it into word and count it. A very long one I had was only 15 lines.
    Average 1950-2200 a day, one hospital account, 90% op reports. nm
    You're confusing the new QA plan with the new pay plan. New pay plan is still completely under wr
    If they still need 100% proofed
    after 5 years, without a doubt you need to replace them.  If you are set up for digital, you shouldn't have trouble having a really good MT send you a resume in response to an ad, especially if you offer a very nice line rate.  If you need someone local because you are doing tapes, it might be harder to find somebody really good.  I doubt that lowering their pay will make them clean up their act.  It sounds like they just don't care or they just don't know what they are doing.  Good luck. 
    Also, to maintain it you have to have so
    many CE hours (when I had it I believe it was 24 hours every 2 years) so there is another expense. We attended seminars put on by MT groups that cost $60 to $70 dollars foir a day long event that you would get maybe 5 hours for. Used to go out of town for these a couple of times a year. Just because you get it, does not mean it is done. It is a continuing ongoing money eating thing.
    Because the U.S. MT work would still need to be proofed. sm
    If they can pay an Indian MT 2 cpl and an American Editor 6 cpl, that totals 8 cpl, which like you said would be the equivalent of paying an American MT 8 cpl. But only if the MTs work is always perfect and never needs any editing, which just doesn't happen. I would say half of all the work done by the American MTs needs to be edited as well, so you add the 6 cpl for the editor on top of the 8 cpl for the MT and you end up with 14 cpl for every report that has to be edited. That's a huge difference. I'm not saying I'm either for or against offshoring, just explaining the math of it and what draws the MT companies to it.
    It's always best to try to maintain a consistent system throughout, but - sm
    in this case I personally would probably go with first 3 plus last letter:
    It's possible to maintain quality if you are willing to sacrifice speed. Can't have both thoug
    I pay $35/month through Vonage for unlimited LD. Local phone co. charges $50/month. NM
    What average line count do you type per pay period. what is considered above average and how long

    how long, on average, average a knee replacement would one be on Oxycontin?(sm)
    My DH recently had knee replacement surgery a month and a half ago.  The doctor has been prescribing oxycontin 30 mg this entire time.  Husband has been trying to wean off of it and is down to 10 mg.  He asked the doctor if he could come off it completely and the doc said to "just keep taking it."  His next visit is in two months.  With all the discussion lately about pain medication addiction, is it normal to be on this medication for this long and for the doctor to say "just keep taking it?"  How long should one be on this med?
    I am talking about the QA plan I dont know what the new pay plan is.
    The MR reports were being filed. Referring physicians/medical care providers reports were not.
    This is a hospital radiology department with in-house MTs and a clerk who is in charge of the report distribution.
    The two sentence normal reports will balance out the 3 page reports.
    I am Wendy too
    M-TEC has a Basic program (12 month) and a Premier program (18 month). To WAH, you should take the P
    Your English teacher does not do medical reports. This is for medical reports.
    1 month and you?
    A month - and you?
    We have had it for a month. All 5 of us
    at one time or another tested positive for Strep. Only got well after antibiotics. But it lingers and flares up for weeks. Our entire town has it, and all for weeks and weeks - actually since Halloween.
    If it has been less than a month,
    you're probably still on probation, which works both ways. I would review the policy and speak to a supervisor before they invest any more time in training, etc. If you're professional and polite, it will work out.
    Since one never knows whom they'll encounter down the road, try to make a graceful exit. Good luck.
    I'm 30. 31 next month....
    See update below. 
    a month...
    I type 24 hours a week. I am new though and only get paid 7 cents a line right now. Would love to make more too!
    $9,500 per month
    Oh, I don't like to post my earnings here.  It is such personal information.  And I have you all beat cuz I make 19 cents per line.
    My 18 month old was saying....
    A month? I do!
    how is $288/month better than $57/month?
    I got one about a month ago.
    It's been all right so far. It was not my first choice, but I needed a laptop in a hurry and didn't want to spend a lot, and Gateways were on sale at Best Buy, so that's what I got. If I had had more time, I would have chosen a Dell or HP, but the Gateway seems all right. A colleague mentioned that his son's school uses Gateway laptops and have been happy with them, so it's probably a safe choice, if you can find one at the right price.
    One month
    I took one month off, but wish I would have taken a little longer.
    I have been looking for about a month
    and finally I got 2 offers, but 1 company I've heard nothing about and the other I've heard good and bad things about. I really need to be working and don't know what to do. It's a bad time for everyone it seems.
    I plan to..
    I knew they did that at the hospital I worked for at home but never imagined it would be done through an internet based company...that is ridiculous!!!!
    Don't plan to either
    THAT IS CRAZY!!!!! Those people should not even be allowed to have such access.
    How is everyone doing with MQ's new QA plan?
    What plan?
    What QA?  WTF?
    That's the question.  Plain and simple.
    WE KNOW!! What IS the new QA plan?!?! nm
    MQ new pay plan
    It is based on a combination of your line count and QA scores, maintaining 98% or better.  I've heard "mention" of it since I'm trying to get on full time, at the moment I am an IC.  What he told me is you will get raises every six months if you produce a certain amount and maintain a good QA score.  For example, right now you are required to do 12,000 lines per pay period.  If you maintain above average, lets say you're right around 14,000 average for six months while maintaining 98% QA, your higher pay is locked in for the next six months.  So its a combo of the two.  He was very vague, didnt say how much, if it were half cent, a quarter cent or whatever, but he seemed to be thrilled to death about it.  Now I noticed on this board that someone keeps posting about the new MQ pay plan and have we heard of it.  Just spill the beans if you have more accurate information please? Thanks.
    Regarding the MQ new pay plan for SE that is to come out, does anyone know or at least think that

    this pay plan will reduce the line rate of those that have been with MQ for many years and have worked up to a higher base line rate. I wonder if we will all be moved to a base rate at the same level and then have a tier. Does that mean it will be starting over for those of us with higher line rates now.


    New SE/Pay Plan- LM
    I want to offer my congratulations also & wish you the very best. I'm sorry you've received so many negative comments, but, maybe a little history should have been included to possibly offer some insight as to where some of the
    "long-term" statutories are coming from & why they now possibly feel insecure because of the new plan that has been offered to you.

    Around 1999, at "my" office, at-home employees had a minimum production of 12,000 lines/pay period 65- character line that they had to meet. At home statutory employees had a minimum of 4,000 65-character lines each pay period; 10,000 lines or more a bonus of $50; $10 for each 1,000 lines over 10,000; 11,000, $60; 15,000, $100.

    The new incentive pay plan for a statutory employee has obviously raised the standards beyond what was at one time expected of their
    "employees." Medquist is obviously raising the ante quite higher & those that only wanted a "part-time" job with flexibility with fewer hours & minimum lines are going to find this new minimum impossible to meet unless they work full-time. This, coupled with the fact that many are making 6-8 cents/hr & have been there for years, is going to cause tremendous resentment on their part.

    I believe most statutory transcriptionists who have been with Medquist for years will feel this is their way to effectively "weed out" part-time statutories and, in fact, gain full-time "statutory employees" while still offering no benefits. Many, many transcriptionists chose Medquist because they had the flexibility to work a few hours a week, pick up maybe 4,000 lines/pay period - just enough to help them through their rough times while caring for their elderly parents, etc. I now see this as impossible for many & part-time work for them nonexistent! Their income, no matter the amount, probably helped fill a void that was absolutely neccessary due to their circumstances. Medquist, as far as my knowledge, was the only National to offer this flexibility in earnings for a statutory at-home employee.

    Mind you, I may be wrong in my perception, but I feel this is why you've gotten the negative responses that should be directed to Medquist & not to you!!

    Just thought a little background from my perspective might help you understand why you've been bombarded, albeit unjustly.

    Again, wishing you the best!
    new pay plan
    You will be offered squat diddly. I have 20 years exp, am a CMT for many years, also asked for a pay raise and told I'm already above the highest level for an MT, (.875)so raise declined. Instead, they reduced by base rate to .0700 or ASR reports, so that is your answer. Don't get too excited
    new pmt plan
    I'm confused. I will have been with MQ 6 years this Nov, and I do Nuc Med, Uro, Cardio, Pulmo, Neuro, Psych, Ortho, Specs Rad, Onco, you name it. Does that mean I'll get a 100% rate increase from my base? Yea, right. PA'LEEZE.

    I'll be sure to mention all my specialities and the fact that I have been a MT for 18 years now. Sure that'll make a big difference.
    new pay plan
    This letter of 9/2/05 states nothing really! I thought our pay rates were already supposed to be based on skill and experience. Daily incentive pay? I'd like to see the bookkeeping program they wrote for that one! Evening and night premium pay - nothing new (they just didn't want us to know about it). What is the difference in an MT/ME, an ME who does QA and QA? Already looking for another job in a totally different field!

    new pay plan
    How do you know you are a level 3? I did not know that MQ even had "levels." Is there a way I can tell on the F9 statistics page? Also, what is the difference in an MT, ME, QA/ME, and QA? How does one become an ME. I am still a lowly MT.
    what do you mean, new plan, they don't pay
    for that stuff NOW
    Yes, I know of plan sm

    1-1/2 years ago we did massive home improvements and racked up about $25,000 in debt.  It is on 2 no interest credit cards and I have it paid down by about 1/2 by putting every extra penny towards it.  When I seen something I might want to buy, I just remind myself how good it is going to feel when I get this debt paid off.  I can't wait until the time that my money is mine again.  I am working 2 MT/ED jobs, which is getting tough, but you do whatcha gotta do.  Btw, we are putting out DD through commumity college and also have 15 yo son. 

    Yes, you need to plan for it - sm
    If you are married, you can have you husband either take less exceptions (thereby having more taxes taken out), or have additional taken out on top of what he normally has taken for his taxes. My DH takes less exemptions and is taxed as "single but married" and instead of 4 exemptions we do 1 or 2 (forget which it is). Or if you are not married, then you need to do estimated SE tax payments, either quarterly via the mail with a little booklet they will send you ; or via this electronic system I mentioned above. Go to irs.gov to check it out. Someone else mentioned it here a while ago and that is what put me onto it. If you don't pay anything throughout the year and owe (which you probably will), it is said that they will assess penalities against you. I have never owed so I don't know about that. Remember to right off anything and everything pertaining to your job on your Sch. C, I usually have about $2K in write-offs a year, though I do not write off my home office, but everything else pertaining to it, electric, phone, internet, heat, office supplies, etc. Have fun.