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When I stressed the important of having medical documents (legal documents)

Posted By: Say what? on 2005-12-28
In Reply to: It wouldn't be tolerated from a private provider, right? - diddles

on the patient's chart (there are outpatient exams done. Hospital is in the outpatient business), the woman said that if there is a serious finding on an exam, the radiologist will call the referring physician and tell him by phone!

This, my friends, is the result of hiring people who have no real background in the medical field (the lead MT never worked anywhere prior to this job, got on-the-job training and has, through a dominant personality, created a tight circle of workers which are marked up of friends from her life and church services over a 15 year period.


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Legal documents
I worked for an attorney for a while and also have a 2500 page transcript from my BIL's federal drug case and everything was done on legal sized paper - lots of quotes, etc. I wouldn't do editing of that sort of work for $1 a page - or even $3 - $6-$10 - yes. There's probably more money in that than there is in transcription - we MTs just haven't found it yet.
Nope, it's gone. Back up your important documents and templates and this won't happen again.
I've proofread legal documents; not difficult, but extremely dull.
In addition to MT QA, I worked for a large law firm proofreading about 15 hours per week. The pay was good. The work was incredibly dull. The terminology was new and different at first, of course, but there are resources on the web for legal terminology just as there are for medical terminology.
PC to MAC documents?
How would I send a PC file that can be read on a MAC and vice versa? Please help ASAP.
The MDs are the one signing the documents and
attesting to their accurateness. Not the MTs.

New documents on QNet for MQ MTs

Go to QNet; look under Policy & Governance; click on Human Resources in the window to the right there are two new documents --- MTME Benefit Policy.

It's all apparently still in the workings but they are starting to post documents as they are readied. 

Just thought I would share.

You must compare your documents..
with MS-Word Word Count, which is the standard. MS-Word count tool is used by FlashCount.

In case of any problem, feel free to ask.

Compare old documents

Look at some of your old documents and see what your gross line is and then see what they would have been paid if you had been using a 65 cpl.   In word you can do that.  Now some software will count double character for capitalization, bold, underline, tabs are counted, indent and count spaces.   So that will also make a difference.  When one of my accounts was using Sylcount we always counted that way.  I do not think that there is a simple chart to use and since your documents could be very personalized with formatting, i.e. indenting lines which makes a gross line smaller, to me it would be best to compare your specific documents rather than a generic table.    There are a lot of variables (how long is your gross line) and I don't think a comparison table could take that all into account.   But I would think I think an estimation has always been 30% less lines for cpl versus gross. 

Help please - all my documents disappeared. sm
Has anyone ever had anything like this happen?  Everything that I had stored in my documents folder disappeared.  Any settings that I had specific to my computer are gone like including my favorites on IE, my normal.dot with all my macros, autocorrect entries, etc. for word, all music files, all pictures, and any and all word and excel based documents I had saved.  Interestingly my daughters user ID is fine and none of her documents disappeared.  I have ran virus scanners to know avail so I don't know if it was some sort of virus or hardware failure.  Any ideas?  It is a pain to start all over.  Also, what does everyone use for backup?  This is about the third time this year I have had computer issues and lost everything and I am so TIRED of starting over and kicking my production time in half until I get myself built back up.  I am ready for some type of really awesome backup to assure this does not happen to me again. 
Bringing up old documents....
Hi-I have only worked on Extext for a few days and it seems pretty good. I agree with the problem with inserting doctors names though. I am especially interested in finding out how to pull up old documents as I wasn't told about this feature. Can you let me know? Thanks....
Maybe she means that the VR documents
are 'prescreened' for 'quality scare' before getting downloaded to the MT? If there are too many errors, it gets deleted and downloaded blank on the MT's screens?

But this does not make muchsense, does it?

Or maybe if QA finds too many mistakes, it gets deleted and sent back to the MT for straight transcription?

Don't know.

MPWord and assembling the documents into one

MPWord does require you do a separate file for each dictation, but it takes the drudgery out of this, for it automatically saves/names the files for you.

It also has a feature that allows you to put all those notes into one file at the end of the day. If you don't need to preserve headers/footers use the Sticky Notes (Append). If you do need to preserve headers/footers, use PDF (Assemble). With either function, you can send your client one file with the day's work.

Has anyone had trouble converting documents

Word 2000.  These seem to be putting a .doc extension after all of my documents now.  Anyone have a fix?  I have an account that I can't use the .doc extension, and when I back that extension off, I get a message saying "this document may not be usable".  Is this a Vista issue?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

in advance for any help in this OMG matter!  I'm about ready to  , and I have just gotten it to grow to a length that I like.

Searching in WP 5.1 documents through Windows XP
 I have changed word processing programs from DOS-based to Windows-based programs, but still need to access the old WP 5.1 documents. I am having trouble searching the documents through Windows, i.e., searching for a person's name, etc. inside the document.  Do you have any suggestions? 
What file extension do this WP5.1 documents have?
If they're not saved as .doc, Word won't be able to search them; however, you can open them individually with Word.
My Documents is a folder, not a program.
Are documents set to print getting hung up
Are we talking Word documents or...

are you typing directly into Meditech or Cerner or a system like that?

You have dragon scan your documents and -
it picks up words it does not know and has you train them, and it also recognizes words that you use more than others.
If I recall, you should be able to pull up all the supporting documents sm
to review, not just the summary page.  I always back it up by doing the old pencil, paper, calculator method just to be sure.
It's your responsibility to give them their documents on disk/CD!
Thanks to you all!!! Mine was under Documents&Settings, then Home. :)
Pull up some documents and count them out each way to compare. nm
When bringing up old documents in Extext, Ctrl S,
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Instant Text will expand whole documents
Instant Text will expand whole documents.  IT will all so take a bunch of reports and create shortcuts from those reports for you so you do not have to individually create your own.  Of course, you can create your own if you like also.  The only thing that ITdoes not have that it should is a suggestion box that follows your cursur. 
Were documents signed initially that focused on such an event?
Your 2003 documents look the exact same way when you open them in 2007. sm
You don't lose any documents. Compatibility mode just means your document does not change to the new 2007 file structure and you can't use any new 2007 features in that document. "Compatibility mode" shows on the title bar so you know which format you are working in. If you want the new file structure, you just do a save as. If you want to convert the document back to 2003 so others without 2007 can open your documents, you can do that too.

The new Ribbon instead of toolbars is very different and takes some time to learn how it works, but everything you have ever known about Word is still there. I haven't had a hard time with 2007 because the majority of old keyboard shortcuts still work.

It's always in your best interest to back up your documents whether you are switching to a new version or not.

System Restore does not affect documents, only program files.
I have ? or * put in my format documents and create a macro to find ? or * and jump from each. nm
System restore does not affect documents, only program files.
You will not lose any documents you've created. Restore does nothing to the normal.dot or other templates.
...thought we were a TEAM to create perfect documents! Why be so adversarial?
Assuming your existing documents are based on the Normal template...
You can open the Normal template, make the changes you mention, and then save it. When you open your existing documents, they will be corrected. Hope this is the info you're looking for.
I too use an external hard drive, backs up My Documents folder. sm
It only takes once to lose everything to know how important backups are.....I should know, happened to me!!
Phone Tools is a Bvrp software program that allows you to not only fax and receive data/documents v
your pc (including coversheet and confirmation of date/time received), but can also act as an answering machine.  It's a very good product.  The receipient/s just need to make sure that their fax machine is turned on and has a paper supply loaded (thereby saving you the expense of purchasing reams for this purpose).  If you expect to receive faxes, you also need to be sure that the program is running and set the control to fax modem, rather than answering machine.
Temp files disappear when you shut down Word. System restore does not recover documents .
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Ctrl + W or Ctrl + F4 prompts to save and close documents
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I went from legal to medical
I originally went to school for legal secretary/transcriptionist, but had a hard time finding a job with any benefits. So, I went back for medical secretary/transcription and have been doing this for 9 years now. I found that they really are two totally different areas. Granted, you have the heads up on knowing how to transcribe, work, etc. I think you would need some medical terminology classes and anatomy as many words sound the same, but spelling differs depending on body area you are talking about. There might be an online course or something, such wasn't the case when I went years ago.

I wish you the best!!!!

legal tx is very different from medical (sm)
I've never actually done legal transcription, but I have done legal editing, so I know for a fact it's an entirely different world....Legal transcripts MUST be verbatim - no exceptions; one transcript can be hundreds of pages long; there are multiple speakers who may or may not be clearly identified and who frequently aren't easy to hear if they're too far away from a microphone or shuffling through papers while they're speaking; and because every hearing is different and must be verbatim, tools such as Expanders or macros are virtually useless.

It's very interesting work, but very, very difficult.
Didn't the OP say she wants to go from medical TO legal?
Go into coding more ## or the legal end of the medical for an attorney
Big deal is legal, medical record which should be the
truth, not a made up report. Medical records are supposed to stand in court just as a sworn statement, that is all. I like the truth and that is the way I try to live my life, not a bunch of falsehoods. I guess others can live on lies if they want.
6 years legal then switched to medical 17+ years ago. sm

I don't mind doing legal and will do it now from time to time, but be prepared to be totally bored out of your mind.

At least that's the way I feel.  I love to transcribe, learned legal in college, went on to get my paralegal degree, etc., etc., but I did temp work when the kids were younger, which was about 90% medical and I would never go back to legal except for once in a while.




A lot of legal transcription and legal jobs in
I'm stressed out
My periods have gotten longer and longer cycles this year (just turned 30), Since March about 5 weeks and now it's 7 weeks this month and no period yet.  I'm freakin out.  I took two pg tests and they were negative.  I don't know what's wrong, unless it's the stress.  I would say I've gained maybe 10 pounds this year also. 
Yes and I get them almost every day. I think too when I am stressed which is a lot I think that
might make them worse.
stressed out

I'm stressing and fretting over a whole bunch of little things.  I'm so tired and feel like I just need to hibernate for a month.

But as I "watch" the news as I work and see the devastation and how thousands of lives have just been turned upside-down, my little stressors and problems seem so insignificant.

Last year I was affected by 2 of the 4 hurricanes that hit Florida, going without power for about 2 days in each of them.  It was pretty miserable.  At least I had a house.  These poor people who evacuated don't even know if they have a place to call home anymore, nor do they even know when they might find out. 

...just feeling guilty about my insignificant pity party and figured writing about it would help.  Thanks for listening. 

Stressed out!

Can anyone recommend a company who has true IC status?  I work for a small company as an IC, and although I work a regular schedule 95% of the time, there are times when I cannot and yet I'm still expected to produce the same amount of work each day.  This is really stressing me out.  I have to work around my son's school schedule and my husband's work schedule and if that changes I have to make it up by working into the night when I'd just assume to forfeit the money.  Does true IC status even exist?  I got into this business thinking I would have a little more flexibility in a job.  I've been an IC now for three years and so far it all seems the same.  Thanks for any suggestions (and for letting me vent).

re: Stressed out

I was an IC for a small service in California (bought by the Q).  Here's how I did it.  We provided a calendar for the month on the days we were available and how many lines/minutes we would take.  We didn't have to do it at a certain time, but understood by our signed contracts and our account specifics what kind of turn-around-time the account needed, 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, etc. based on work type.  We were then asked to never take more than 10 minutes at a time (at that time it was re-record or by C-phone - in 2000), but once we reached our agreed on minutes/lines, we could stop or keep going if we wished.  The reason for not taking more than 10 minutes at a time was if an emergency happened and you couldn't work then there wasn't more than a couple of jobs to get help with.  If we knew before our agreed-upon hours/days that we weren't going to be able to work it was our responsibility to let the service know.  If we were available on other days to make up lines or in a pinch, we also had that option, too. 

If an account was swamped, the service would send out an e-mail and ask if anyone was interested in helping out.  They ALWAYS thanked us and treated us like we were more than just someone at a computer.  In fact when I obtained my CMT, the owner of the service is the first person I called other than my mama!  If I started running out of work on my main account, then they would always find another for me to work on.  I never had less than 98% QA, and in fact most of the time had 100%!  I'm not perfect, I'm a perfectionist! hee hee. 

Anyway, I feel if you agree by contract to take work on, then it is your responsibility to do that work.  If you are unable to do the work, then don't take it! If you do not fulfill your obligations, then ultimately it is patient who does not receive their necessary care.


you may just be too stressed
or nervous to absorb everything new well. relax. Its not simple. it's maybe too simple. took me longer than i thought it would to really adapt well, but when it kicks in, you really start flying. Give yourself time and push the expectations aside. You'll do fine!
Well first of all I think you are so stressed...
that you are not reading these replies thoroughly...everyone on here just gave you advice yet you don't want to hear it...like another poster said, take a deep breath and hang in there...right now you are new and everything seems horrible but it does get better if you hang in there...good luck!!