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What is the difference that you notice mostly.

Posted By: MT on 2005-08-08
In Reply to: I think relistening to a certain client until you - sm


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You will notice difference after one use... but
I did have an issue with getting some of the gel in my mouth and getting nauseous from swallowing some of it. Just be careful.

I had to make the exact same switch. You really won't notice any difference. nm
I did not notice the OP asking you about what to do.

Mind your business if you have no answers to the question OK?


Bye now! 


PS:  I hate when people come on here with an agenda and preach when all that is required is a simple answer relevant to the original question. 

or did anyone else notice that
every time someone says they are struggling with lines that it is automatically assumed that they are "messing around on the internet" or doing anything other than working. The problem could not possibly be a difficult account or anything reasonable. I know yesterday, on one account, I typed 37 different dictators. The majority of which were residents, who don't know what they want to say and repeatedly says "uh" or "no go back and change that" or ESL doctors speaking broken English. I find it very difficult to adjust to an account where there is no consistency in the dictators. You cannot get familiar with them as you more than likely will not get the same one very often.
I am trying to tell her right. If you will notice
it says it once, but the examples do not include it with the hyphen. We are moving away from the hyphen. As I stated, some still allow, but most of the companies do not use the hyphenated version any longer.
You may notice here, and it has been
depends on the area somewhat, but also how you receive the work and the work type (direct from the doctor, local MTSO, national MTSO, acute care/clinic/dr. office).

Clinic work in my area, SE region, it seems is about .12 gross line or about .16 65-character for what the dr. office pays. Subcontractors from the contract holder recieve between .06 and .09/gross line.

Nationals usually pay .07 to .09 for clinic work on a 65-character line. I think that acute care probably pay would start around .09 or .10 and go up depending on experience, etc.

Also, a lot of them will pay a little more for full-time (a very little).

Yes and without notice

It depends on what your contract calls for, but if no stipulation then most only give 30 days. That should be more than enough time for them to find someone else.
My contract stated 30 days.  I gave a 30-day notice but I did not have any work in my pool after only 3-4 days after giving notice.  I would have gladly worked for those 30 days.
Anyone notice...
These new "changes" take away quite a few characters for us? Not the hyphen thing; that's probably because they are tired of some people not "getting" when to use hyphens and they just said "screw it!" but the i.e., etc., Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc. How dumb does "John H Smith III" look? Throw some punctuation back in there! Although it wouldn't surprise me if the companies are the ones saying that they don't REALLY need all of those periods and commas, after all...

It's just like some new dictionaries; can't spell a word right, change it! (I've read where judgement is becoming more and more acceptable because a lot of people can't seem to drop the e.)
Did you notice that those
who claim that they are able to do key commands to make speed, so that they are making $20 an hour doing editing, also more than not are trainers in a position where they can pick their own work, knowing which doctors the VR actually does well with... And who have also been with the company itself over 10 years? Basically VR is designed so that the company gets more for the report and the editor/transcriptionist actually gets less. IF they want me to edit again, its only going to be for the same rate as the transcription work pays.

Yup, quit the company I worked for that used it about a month ago and I am still steaming out the ears from it.
Always - it's the professional thing to do.  Easy for me to say because I'm not in your shoes, but we've probably all been in a position at one time or another where we couldn't wait to move on to greener pastures.  If you've been able to stay this long, you can probably do 2 more weeks.  Best of luck.
Did you notice?
She tells how much it costs an Indian MT to be a member, but not how much it costs to test.
Anyone every notice...
When you put your notice in (2 weeks or not) at any of the MT companies out there they suddenly have had problems with your work recently and some even accuse the MT of doing malicious things in the system?

Just wondering if I'm alone with that.
did you ever notice
the ones on here who wonder why we complain about working so hard for so little are the ones with husbands paying all the bills?  Sorry if I offended anyone but the above poster just proved it to me once again.
Is it me or does anyone else notice...sm

Ever notice that most of these platforms/programs that we work on make it very difficult to keep track of lines, view how many lines in a given time period etc...seems that is the last consideration... for us to see how much we make. 

Just had to vent, thanks! :)

Oh, and I notice you have posted ONCE as JK???...

Lost job without notice
I worked for over a year at a company called New England Transcription. It is in Connecticut. They found out today that the hospital dropped their account. It is not associated with New England Medical Transcription.
No notice required
Since you are still in the learning the job stage just inform them that you are resigning effective immediately. Usually the first 90 days are a trial with employee and employer and no one should take offense. They could let you go with no reason either.
giving notice
Depends - either wait until you have a new job, if that's what you want; or, just tell them you quit and do they want you to finish out the week or? I guess I don't see the problem. If they wanted to fire you, it would be "bye bye now."
Do they give you notice
Do you think they would give you notice if they decide to ship your work overseas, or give you notice that they are going to hire more MTs to take your work away from you. NEED I REALLY SAY MORE.
You've got that right. NO NOTICE at all.
They just wake you up one morning with a 5:00 a.m. phone call and tell you that your account is gone.
Giving Notice
I feel you should treat them the same way they treated you. Did they try to work with you or did you ask them/tell them their reports weren't your "cup of tea"? Myself, I am very professional, but an MT's job is different than an office job. They're like McDonald's; either they won't even replace you or they probably have 50 resumes to pick from and hire the same day. So my answer is no, don't give notice if they were tacky. I wrote an email and asked for a shipping label form a large company. They finally sent the slip after two requests and are open to hiring me again!! So I feel any more, MTs are a "dime a dozen." If you are ethical enough to sit there and type two more weeks while you could be spending your time finding a decent company to work for ASAP, I think it would be stupid to waste your time on them ... depending on your circumstances of which I know nothing about.
benefits after notice

the norm is a cobra period of 3 months - most states require cobra benefits. But you have to pay.


I used to notice that, but strangely...
with my new MTSO, all of the PAs are very good, most of them better than many of the doctors.  And this is also the first place where nearly all of the women dictators are my favorites.  Strange, like I said, and certainly not my usual experience, but I like it.
Yeah, and did ya ever notice, (sm)
that lots of the stuff in their nit-picky book is WRONG?

(Or else totally irrelevant to a properly transcribed medical document.)

Where I have been, you have to work out your notice
to get it back. My last company had a policy that you could only be paid for a certain number of hours, but they must have had enough people quit without notice that they changed it so you could receive everything if you worked your notice. Check on the policy, and if your company does have this rule, state in your very professional letter of termination that you are willing to work out the notice.
I know if you work your notice you will get - sm
any vacation time due to you. I have no idea about sice time, but I would think that is not paid to you. You only get that if you are sick, not if you quit. My DH has about a year of sick time (they are allowed to carry it over luckily) and I know if he quit he would not get it, but he would get his vacation time as long as he worked his 2 weeks notice. If you quit without notice you will not get a penny.
Giving notice
I think it is a kindness. After all, they will need to replace you, and possibly need to train somebody for your account. Otherwise they could come up short on turn-around time. However, if they have been extremely unfair with you, I would give 2 weeks and tell them if they did not need 2 week's that I could to leave at any time.
IC. How much notice to give?

There is no contract besides on saying to say for six months.  I have been there for almost 1 1/2 years.  If I wanted to give notice, what is usual for doing so?  Is it 1 week, 2 weeks....



if you do this and notice problems
with ShortHand running, remember that shorthand supposedly likes to be loaded last. Maybe it's possible to load it last this way?
Giving notice as an IC...

I have been an IC for multiple years at a clinic and wish to resign due to extremely long hours and very little time off.  I rather have more time off and a smaller income, rather than no life with more money.  I would like to leave on a friendly note too, but I am confused on how to tell them.  Do I tell them in a letter or speak to them in person?  I also want to give them a few weeks notice.  All opinions and advice are welcome. 


Thanks again~

Thanks to all of you!!! I have officially given my notice. sm

That was a real slap in the face.  I will never be an employee again.  Will be

independent contractor for the rest of my life!  Thanks again to all of you!!!

Does it pay to give notice?

Please allow me to vent here.  I was the lead on 2 accounts at one of the nationals that is spoken of highly on this board.  I gave my notice.  I also agreed to train 3 people on both of my accounts before I left.  I got very few lines my last week because I was busy training, answering questions, filling in blanks, etc.  The company thanked me when I left and told me they would reimburse me for the training I provided.  I sent an email to the head of transcription and told her how many hours I spent training.

Well, I just got my last paycheck for my last week of work.  I did not do many lines that last week because I was busy training people.  There was no training time on my final paycheck, and the total net check was $67. 

Does it pay to be professional and help the company out as you are leaving - I tihnk not!!  While the door is always open to this company, I will never go back after this slap in the face.  I should have just walked off the job for all the thanks I got.

Anyone else notice the trend.
I'm just amazed when I look at the Job Seeker's board and every job has at least 400 or even up to 1000 views.  Are that may people really looking for jobs. I think most of us are just not happy where we are and are always looking for greener pastures, but what I am finding..there aren't any..This professional has gone way down. Between the line rate and less-than-average benefits, why do we want to waste our times with the frustration. At this point, I think I can make more at Star Bucks and I hear they offer great benefits including medical insurance. I'd rather make a latte than put up with this stress...At least, those customers are appreciative of their coffee!!!
quit without notice.
OK...With everything she has gone through, she still decides to play nice and she gives her notice. SHe works to fulfill that obligation and BAM....the company decides not to pay her. Now the company has gotten free work out of her and she has no money to show for playing nice. Small claims court or lawyer in my book. Having said that, I would talk to your state or their state employment people and find out what your options are. If they have been doing this to you for a year, then I see no reason to play nice by giving notice. JMO
Notice to quit.
To my knowledge, giving 2 weeks notice of quitting is not written in stone, nor is it a law that I know of. It is merely a curtesy. A company that wants to get rid of you is not going to give YOU 2 weeks notice. Most positions almost anywhere you work are an "at will" relationship and as such, they can terminate you any time they want. I think the state labor boards are the way to go. Or even call or stop by the local UE office and talk to one of the workers there. If you do decide to quit, you may want to or have to get legal help to get your last check as this company doesn't sound like they value the employees there and shorting you and giving you the run around on the check siutation.
Anybody else notice extremely low IC pay?
I have always worked as an IC acute care transcriptionist. My line rates have always exceeded what an MT can make as an employee, which is only logical because as an IC, you have to pay your own taxes, no benefits, etc. I always peruse job listings on this and other boards, just to see what's out there. Lately, I have noticed a disturbing trend. It seems like most MT companies/MTSOs are only offering .08/line for IC. Unless that is for a gross line (and goodness knows gross lines are a thing of the past), that is outrageous!! When you consider that an IC has to pay approximately 15% of his/her income in self-employment taxes alone, that means a net rate of about .068/line! While .08/line for employee status is still low (in my opinion), at least social security and medicaid taxes are paid, and there are usually benefits, PTO, etc.

If I were an MTSO, I would be embarrassed to offer .08/line to any quality IC MT. For a newbie, sure. But for any MT worth his/her salt, .08/line for IC is an insult.

I know that competition with overseas firms makes it seem necessary for American transcription companies to lower their MT pay in order to be competitive. However, American MTSOs will never be able to compete solely on price; overseas transcription companies will always be able to do it cheaper. It is a slippery slope that has already lead to the failure of many American transcribing firms. The question for American transcription companies should not be can we do it cheaper, but can we do it better??

In today's market, American MTSOs need to stand their ground and quit underselling themselves and undervaluing the value of their American transcription workforce. American MTSOs need to start marketing themselves differently, stressing quality, accuracy, dependability, security, and good old fashioned patriotism. I don't care how low the overseas companies can bid a job. There is no way they can compete with the quality and accuracy of American transcriptionists. I myself have worked for an MTSO who lost a contract to a firm in India, only to have them beg her to take them back a few months later because the quality of the overseas work was so horrible. I am quite sure this is not an isolated incident.

While there are always going to be hospitals that will try to get by on the cheap, there are also hospitals and doctor's offices who realize that they get what they pay for and will put quality first. If you compare transcription services to cars, overseas work is the Hyundai while American transcriptionists are the Cadillac. Cadillac would never slash its prices to compete with the cheaper imports. They know that they have to cater to their own market, people with more discriminating tastes.

I am fortunate enough to work for a company that realizes the value of its services and takes the stronger, wiser stance. They are not after contracts at any cost. They will pass up work if they have to bid ridiculously low just to get it. And guess what? Any bid that only allows you to offer your IC transcriptionists .08/line IS TOO LOW!! And any quality MT is not going to stick around at those rates.
Yes, I am looking PT IC work and I notice this, but sm
I also notice that many many jobs ads specify US MT's only.  Having worked for a company that offshores heavily, I believe this will translate into better quality work, as I always got the hard stuff, the crap dictators, and the docs that insist on quality and nitpick everything to death (those were my favs).  I think the division of labor is more fair if it is split up only between American MTs, since the easier work (which balances out the more time consuming) stays here and you at least have a shot at getting it sometimes, as opposed to never. 
Did you happen to notice a
Not true. I got notice from them
for 12 cartons I bought from the NY tribal registration. So it doesn't just apply to anyone who bought over 100 cartons.
You gave notice to your old job w/o knowing
what your line rate would be? Am I understanding that correctly?
You give your notice TODAY ... OR ...
you just pack up the computer TODAY, call your supervisor TODAY and tell her you quit TODAY.

That is how you get out of this "screwy place".

It's not rocket science, ya know!
What are your thoughts on giving notice?
I've only been with this particular job for less than a month, but can already tell it's not for me. Seems like a good company, but the accts and work are not my cup of tea. I'd like to cut my losses and get on with it.

Does the 'real world' etiquette of two week's notice apply to the MT world as well? I've always given 2 weeks at my outside world jobs, but am really tempted to just give a week's notice since I just started there. I don't think it would leave the company in the lurch too badly as they have many other MTs and are still hiring.

What do you think?

You should always give at least two week's notice!!
explain to them that this "is not your cup of tea". If you're looking for another job, they may tell you you don't have to work two more weeks. I once gave a four week's notice because I KNEW it would be a huge strain on the small company I worked for. Good luck!!
No one ever gave me 2 weeks notice when I was let go
so why do we owe anyone this courtesy?
Did you notice the posting on job board

for the company hiring new grads?  I would be highly suspicious since they didn't give the name of the company.  It may be a legit company, but.....


I have never signed a confidentiality notice that says
I can't mention what account I type on - I know they always say not to contact that place or try to get a job with them, etc., and I don't see the big deal either. I can't see why a company would care if someone knows what hospital you type for. I guess some places are just different, but seeing as how I assume she hasn't signed anything since she just accepted the job, I really don't see how they could not hire her because she mentioned that, not knowing that they didn't want her to. That's just my opinion though.
Friday is my last day... turned in notice..

This Friday is my last day of a 2-week notice and, as of yet, the administrator has not said a word to me about leaving. I've worked inhouse for these people for 20 years. No questions as to why, nothing.  The assistant only said she was glad for me and wished me well. What do you make of spending 20 years of your life doing your best and, in the end, they could care less? Boy, do I feel stupid, but definitely made the right decision in leaving.

This site first came to my notice because another board
Sure enuf, when I checked in, it was NASTY, and yer right, a few people were acting like they owned the site, and dissing people left and right. It really was pretty arrogant of me to think I could change anything but I waded in there, and made a few KIND comments, and took posters seriously, and tried to answer, encourage, sympathize (a little) and just throw in my humble 2 cents worth.

Modboxmom, PLEASE continue posting and reviewing and adding in your 'take' on things, cuz the nasties only take over when the good people aren't there to shame them. People are addicted to kindness, and even if people are on here who are not MTs, they probably just come looking for a version of human "touch", and a wee bit of kindness. Life doesn't hand that out to just anyone.

I'm with you. Nasty is as nasty does, but when you come in as a class act, they kinda fade, it shows them for what they are... narrow, nasty, mean-spirited bullies who just waltz thru places like this looking for people to beat up.

You and me baby, we can take on the WORLD and make it a better place, starting 1 chat at a time.
I couldn't help but notice that his obsession
around the same time you got your new job?  A little subconscious jealousy, perhaps?