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The slow versus fast talked about numerous times regarding VR

Posted By: VR person on 2009-06-20
In Reply to: VR - Who Pays The Best? - tired of typing

I don’t have any idea where this ridiculous statement started from. Think probably from the haters who are probably going to be put on VR and digging their heels in to not have to do. Rather than rates, which I think probably are about the same, 4 cents per line, you should ask who has the best platform and go for a company that perhaps does not have a zillion employees. Being slow, being newbie, etc. would just work against a good person for VR.

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I have asked numerous times if people like the Amherst office but seems no one ever offers their
opinion about that office. Just transferred there and I am sure many other MTs on here work out of that office.
Talked about many times
There are ups and downs to both sides.  I have my own accounts have been doing it for 20+ years -- cannot believe it.  Start small even with tapes, I still do nothing but tapes, and printing and delivery.  I have small clinics, two doctor clinics, 3 of them.  I do not charge as much as the others but I charge gross line and so I think it all works out to be about the same.  I can make up to $50 to $75 an hour at times.  But average $40.   That includes throwing in the time for printing and delivering so that is my average.  My accounts hae been with me for 8 to 20 years.  I stay with the tapes as it is easier to not be undercut.   But again start small, send out flyers, brochures to doctors, clinics, podistrists, psychologists, chiropractors, etc.  You have to be persistent.  How many people look at a house before there is an offer.  I used to do mailings about every 3 to 6 months when looking for a new account as you have to be at the right place at the right time when they need someone.  Cons  --But then remember, there is no one to take your place when you are sick or your child is sick so do not over extend.  They might be understanding the first time but when it happens often, they are not.   Vacations need to be planned out, I take a couple of long weekends, 4-5 days rather than a week at a time.  It is hard to get someone to cover and be dependable.  It is your name and reputation out there.   Your work will always be there in your home, sometimes you just want to run away from it.   But the pros are there also.  You can make good money, you can make your own hours as long as the work gets done.    It takes time and persistence and start out small so you can build a good reputation.    Good luck. 
My tips again -- do a search talked about many times

Just like any other business you have to solicitate to get the accounts, put out flyers, brochures, call on offices or whatever.  Be prepared to pick up and deliery, do tapes or digital.  If they want a call in system, either invest in one or use one of the companies that provide you with an 800 number and charge you by the minute.  -- Very expensive.  All in all you will need to provide what the service you are working for right now provides.  Be prepared to take any and all accounts, no matter how small to get your foot in the door.  Be prepared the first year not to take any time off to prove yourself.  It is not easy but it is worth it to me.  Good luck, again as I have emphasized before you will need to do a lot of mailings, callings, etc. to get that first account.  Heavy traffic is the answer, multiple mailings to the same offices to get them to remember your name, networking with other MTSO's in your area.  But it takes time, energy and perseverance  to get there.   Good luck. 



they can set how fast/slow the server is s/m

I talked to someone in tech support one night and told him that the server had to be clogged or something and asked if they could reset the server or something.  I was only making 70 lph.  He said well I can turn your speed up.  I was like ?what?  He said we turn everyone's down so they dont clog up the server to keep everyone running smoothly.  I had to call every night for them to change it and I eventually just quit. 

I thought that was just wrong.  I never could get past my expected production.

Wouldn't it depend how fast/slow dr dictates,
Sorry even if you are slow, 200 to 400 times per hour - no time -- NM
question - during slow times - do you find

people playing real, real nasty games with either you or the system to get lines? 


There is no average. Fast typists, slow ones, newbies, software glitches, interruptions, etc. all ha
Converting C-Phone to keyboard versus foot pedal rewinding and fast-forwarding
Hi there:


I have some as-yet-undiagnosed neuropathy that began with my eighth injection of inteferon for hepatitis C. I initially had severe numbness from the waist down (felt like tourniquets on my legs) that is now controlled somewhat with high-dose Neurontin, but now I have moderate to severe pain in the lower back and buttocks if I sit for very long. I'm on a mild narcotic/analgesic, but I still have pain and discomfort long before it is time to take the next dose. I'm currently only earning about 60-80% of my normal income.


My question is this: Does anyone out there know of a way to convert the foot pedal functions of the C-phone to a keyboard, other than having an integrated system, which the hospital I work for does not have?


There must be some way for handicapped people, like those in a wheelchair, to do medical transcription without the use of a foot pedal, but my guess is that you would have to do away with the Dictaphone dication system completely, which I doubt my employer would do unless I threatened some sort of legal action.

Turn off puter, wait a min, turn on with delete key pressed down, then hit delete key NUMEROUS times
Prob is then you may get all fast fast fast talkers...not a fair way nm
65 character line versus gross lines versus pay by word

I am checking into other options for transcription.  Can anyone tell me how to compare all of these types of lines & also payment per word?  I know companies use different scales, so I wondered how they compare.  I have been paid on a 65 character line with spaces, but I may be making a change in the future - don't want to get burned.

Thank you in advance!

Slow day for me. Typed two reports in two hours. Anyone else having unusually slow day?
There are numerous ones.
Start with your ISP, may offer free storage space. Google for FTP storage or online storage and you'll get lots of hits. It's hard to decide for you.
I believe they got rid of the too numerous boards - sm
because it was getting totally ridiculous. There were boards for everything under the sun it seemed. Posts were being moved and locked because they should be on a different board. Many, including myself, thought it was getting to be a bit too much. So luckily they listened and trimmed it back down to something a bit more manageable.
I have seen numerous discussions regarding
AAMT on this site. ????
numerous discussions here
I have been following numerous threads here and I have a question.  If many of the MTs here are dissatisfied with what is going on with the industry, then why do all of the MTs not stick together and demand what is deserved?  I understand that we all must have an income because we all have bills due and mouths to feed; but, it would not take but a few days for all qualified MTs and Editors/QA to demand benefits and a bottom line cpl/hourly rate or whatever you want to call it.  Kind of like a union.  No company could exist, even with newbies or off-shore doing the work without the qualified MT backing all of this up.  I am not looking to start a war here.  I have just read on this board for quite some time about this same issue, but nobody seems to want to take action.  I know for a fact that if ALL MTs would stick together here, the end result would be very favorable.  It seems over the last number of years these companies are demanding the MT to do more work and have much more knowledge for much less money than they deserve.  So, with that being said, why why why would you not demand your just pay?  Again... I know for a fact that if ALL qualified MTs would stick together, they would have no choice but to pay a standarized fair scale in order to keep their doors open.
depends how fast the MT is......No one would want to pay me by the hour because I'm fast.
how fast you can type, has little to do with how fast you can transcribe
Let's face it, we can only type as fast as the doctors dictate... worse, we can only type as fast as we can *understand* the doctors.  Given someone who slurs or has a heavy accent, someone who clears his throat constantly or shuffles through the paper, given an unfamiliar account or work type, or an area we don't have much experience in and have to look up words, etc., any and all of these things combine to make typing speed not really relative at all.  I personally type 110, but not when I'm transcribing.  I tell most folks who ask, if you type 65-75 wpm, you're solidly in the ballpark for doing medical transcription.
Are you in an area where there are numerous hospitals??

If so, maybe some of them have their own departments and you can get hired inhouse.  That's what I finally had to do in order to get the pay and respect and steady work that I needed.  I'm working less than full-time and making 30,000+.  You may have to work in house and follow a set schedule, but at least you'll have a decent job. 

There are numerous studies presently

taking place concerning this relatively new medication.  Below is a single example of Fosamax prescribing from the "norm."  If I were typing that report, I would type it verbatim and not flag/question the physician's dictation.

                                            FOSAMAX DOSING

The prevention dose is 5 mg daily, the treatment dose is 10 mg daily. Alendronate should be continued indefinitely. Although discontinuation of the alendronate does not result in the rapid bone loss seen with HRT discontinuation, a gradual decline does occur, so some maintenance therapy should be utilized. The dosing may be modified once optimal bone mass is restored.  One could then consider the 10 mg dose to the 5 mg prevention dose daily, or perhaps to 10 mg every other day.  A once weekly dose of 70 mg or a twice-weekly dose of 35 mg is presently being evaluated as an alternative-dosing regimen but has not yet been approved. (Study results pending).

Source:  Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis

Sarah Hall Gueldner; M. Susan Burke, Helen Smiciklas-Wright – Editors

Springer Publishing Company 536 Broadway New York, NY  10012

I heard it was awful, by numerous people who saw it.
oops "WERE" numerous complaints...lol
What is going on when every time you start computer - there are numerous empty folders, cannot find
Global warming my Aunt Fannie... Check history, there have been numerous cycles like this
Question versus gross lines versus 65-character lines....

I have always charged or been paid by 65 or 60 character lines or per letter or space typed, but have never been paid or charged per gross line.

What is the advantage of this?  If I were to charge 11 cents per 65-character line including spaces, what does this figure out to for an average line rate and how do you do this calculation? 

I'm wondering if it is financially beneficial for me to bill by gross line or to keep it the way I have it.  I do know some accounts will only pay per 65-character line, as this was the deal my first own account I recently acquired.  They were adamant on a 65-character line, but didn't specify with or without spaces and I personally would never not charge for spaces.

Thanks for explaining this.  I appreciate it and hope everyone has a speedy day.

I know - me too - I talked to

she said things are just as crazy in Canada now days as they are in the States...though they are stressed over our hurricane/new orleans situation a lot.

But prices of land and housing are just as bad there as here -


Medical Transcriptionist - Penticton Regional Hospital - OKS-FAC-05-105

Employer: Interior Health – We want our patients to have the best possible care and that means we need the best possible people.

Location: Penticton, British Columbia

You probably should have talked to tax guy
Last I talked to them and
talked to somebody who worked there, the pay was only about 7 cents a line and the software/system was not very efficient.
Wow, had problems with messages everytime I GOOGLED about computer shutting down since McAfee deal.  Well great, doing personal things tonight, do not want to show them that, thought needed another puter, this happened before some malware virus, they gave me another POS.  Anyhow, we got chatting and I asked him about India, blah, blah, but dang (insert poopy cacca here) I think he was Indian.  No kidding, the more we chatted, I bet they are instructed not to hold a real conversation.  I worked for an Indian doctor, recognize the accent.  I wonder where I really called.  I called on my cell phone, only phone I have now, so it better not be overseas.  Wow.  He was talking about Obama helping us, blah, blah, blah.  I am niave a lot, it took a while, but he was our enemy!  This stinks  
I also talked to payroll and they
are the ones who told me it was a live check. It is not direct deposit.
Sorry to hear that, have you talked to your
supervisor (or do you even have one in this MQ mess)? I am relatively certain my accounts won't be changed, if so then I will have another issue to deal with. I'm hoping for the best cause I REALLY hate to change jobs, but I'm not really expecting it!! I sympathize/empathize with you!! I have heard Transcription Solutions is supposed to be a pretty good company, they usually have an ad on the board. I will be thinking of you.
I have talked to their recruiter and liked her a lot. sm

I would like more information though as the archives give me a very mixed impression.  My email is above.  I just do not want to make a move without knowing that it will be better, not the same or worse.  Right now, I am with MQ.

Thank you.

Have you talked with your supervisor?
Every national I've ever worked for has assigned me a secondary or tertiary account so I never run out of work.
I talked to this really nice guy
I now wish I would have wrote his name down. They let me set up a plan, but I had to agree to the amount they set for me to pay each month, which is high for me, but at least I know it will be gone in 5 years, well now 4.
yes, I have talked with support
and they had tried it on several computers with vista and there were a few minor gliches but it caused problems.  The place where I purchased it will offer me 3/4 credit or full credit (waiting to hear the final word) towards a software purchase if I need it.  It is a dell so they can do all the work once I am able to connect to the internet after installing the CD software.  the company I am looking to go with says that it might be compatable next month  with vista (my luck) but I don't want to miss the boat of getting a position.  The company though will let me know what they think the best thing is to do.  Always something to think about... 
I talked to my chiropractor (sm)

and he said that new graduates (probably medical school ones also) are being told that Medicare/Medicaid won't pay for claims that aren't EMR genrated by 2014 and as early as 2009.  Thus several new doctors are starting right off the bat with this type of program.

EMR is a fact of life, the touch screen programs are being touted highly for doctors who perform the same type of procedures over and over and several hospitals and large clinics are making the switch.

I woke up this morning and decided to go back to school and finish getting nursing degree.  I don't think it's too far-fetched to be realistically concerned about MT being phased out.

I'm the one who talked to him (see message)
Well, emailed back and forth with him actually, and he told me he needed a GROUP that could commit to 5000 lines/day.

He apologized in his email to me for any confusion he caused by posting on this board. I don't think he realized the Job Seeker's Board is for individuals seeking positions and not for MTSOs seeking clients.
a company I talked to said it was not...
she said it was the anti-AAMT; a new group that was against offshoring.
Have you talked to soldiers who have been in Iraq?
I have.  I was told that we definitely needed to be in Iraq, that the job was far from being done.  I was also told that our soldiers would be in less danger now if the U.N. were not imposing so many restrictions on what they have been able to do.  The technology used to protect them costs money, yet we want to yah-yah over what is being spent.  Wars are horrible, but they will always be a reality.  I will not even argue about whether what Bush is doing is the best that can be done, but I know there are more minds working on the problem than just his, and we do not know, and probably will never know what is really going on.  We only know what the media lets us know, and how reliable is that? 
In the letter sent out by MQ it talked about the new pay plan for SEs and also a
comprehensive benefit package. I thought legally self employed were not allowed by law to be offered benefits. MQ had started a benefit package with health insurance many years ago long before Philips and were told by the government to stop because it is not allowed by law. Does anyone have any thoughts on what this means. I personally prefer buying my own health insurance etc and not tying it to how many lines need to be typed to keep insured with the ups and downs of work all the time.
If you talked to payroll, they must have told you what it was for. What was it for? nm.
talked to an atty about the MQ checks

Nope, go ahead and cash them as I already have.  If they had anything to do with ANY kind of settlement, it would clearly have to say so.  It just says adjustment, period.  He also said that since the class actions go over many different platforms dating back before the days of DQS, no way it could be a settlement.

Go shopping he told me, it does not state anywhere it's a settelment.  He says just like any other legal document, "by signing the below or cashing this, you are giving up your right to yada yada yada.

Talked to a transcription company
yesterday that only pays 7 to 7.5 cpl and has not raised that in years, does not plan to now.
Ditto. Just talked about this yesterday
children spending way too much time indoors online, not active.
I had this happen too! Even talked to the guy on the phone...
He tells me he'll have me test.  Never sends the test.  Calls me again says he'll have me test the next day.  Again, no test.  Haven't heard from him since.  Wouldn't test for him even if I do.   Wasted 2 days that I could have worked waiting on someone, who couldn't keep their word.
I talked to my supe and she said the same thing.
She then said that some people can make 1800 lines a day on that account so it can be done but I guess not by me.  I have to work from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get it all in and I do not want to have to work like that.  Too much computer time makes me cranky. 
yuppers -- and that she'd talked to the person and would do so again (sm)
It took me a while to realize that particular supervisor quite simply lied ... often ... about things great and small ... she even lied about me ...

I've found this business is full of "special" friends, special cases ... I do my best not to notice or care any more.
I talked with our tech people before
deciding to do this and they told me to just go in on the website and download them and if I had trouble to let them know.
Have you talked to Extext support? sm
All of the help in this thread is geared to you working in Word alone, not in a platform. You need somebody with experience in Extext to help you.
I talked to H about it and he basically said the same thing.
The day is not over yet.  LOL.