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Yes its true. They seem to be setting impossible limits for everyone lately and you have to wonder

Posted By: MQMT on 2005-09-12
In Reply to: That was with full benefits, which are the same benefits as an in-office employee for the QA staff.. - ex-MQ editor

if they just want people to quit.

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limits in AutoCorrect
The limits are determined by the amount of memory in your system. The more memory you have, the less like you are to reach a limit in the # of entries.
If within city limits, you will.
I at one time ran an ad in Yellow pages with my last name and then "Typing Service" as I was trying to get students and those needing resumes. The city called me and told me I needed a business license. It is a small percentage of the gross annual income. Then, you can display it. They also want to know if there is incoming and outgoing people, whether I would be selling a product or if it was a service and whether it will be in your home and if so, would there be traffic coming and going. I did not contact my insurance company but probably should have...(I had very little business lol).
QA scores vs limits vs less money for MTs and QA

In new QA plan, if MQ pays on your QA score and limits the amount of reports you can send to QA (was it 15%?)  doesn't that essentially cut down on QA personnel and while looking for an excuse to pay you less and it is contingent on QA and percentage of reports sent to QA, MQ wins again in its master plan to pay MTs less and eliminate jobs.

Then think about this.  If you must proofread every report to get required QA and must relisten and reread difficult reports because you have limits as to what you send to QA, how much of a pay cut is that for MTs?



If this was doable, everyone with income limits
Question about time limits
Do doctors have a certain time they have to have office notes on a patient's chart? I know for H&Ps and ER notes, at least in Georgia (maybe nationally) that they have to be on the chart within 24 hours.

I ask because I've been typing a doctor all morning who is dictating office notes from January! How can he even remember what was said or done that far back? I can't remember people I talked to last week!
There is a huge difference between expanders and the limits of
autocorrect and autotext that is only available in Word. Take a look at the Instant Text and ShortHand forums on Productivity Talk to see how an Expander can do a lot more for your productivity than just expand text.

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Next sentence is "CBC is within normal limits... if that helps.
Stockbridge, before in city limits of Atlanta 30 years
Been paying aol since ྛ!! on BYOA now for kids limits, rarely use though

It's nearly impossible to get by even on
This biz stinks more every single day.
When a friend asks how you are today you reply "Oh, I'm feeling within normal limits."

Not impossible more improbable.
I didn't say it was impossible. Just not the norm and harder to prove. As in this case.
they are already impossible to reach
18,000 lines and your rate increases by half cent, whoopee.  MQ is a complete joke, a bunch of greedy, phony liars.  This whole business is in the toilet and i'm just sorry I didn't start school for a dif career sooner to be out of it NOW.  I'm gradually having to cut down on spending because my rate of pay is not up with the times, severe hand pain day after day, condescending technicians and supervisors.  I feel trapped.   
hahahaha - yup, it's impossible!!!!
Appreciate your thoughts, but all of this is impossible.

For so many reasons.  As one poster stated, these boards only reach about 10% of the MTs (very small number).  I, among others, have written numerous letters.  Heck, I even wrote to Obama, my congressman, major news papers, news programs, news magazines, etc.  It does not do any good.  I filed a complaint with the Employment Comission and Labor Board on the working requirements and procedures (that got me laid off).

Another very important thing to consider here is that not all MTs are unhappy.  I was for a very long time, but I am quite happy with my working conditions and pay at this time (even though I do not expect it to last due to the industry evolvement).  There are also more MTs than not who can not afford to do what you say is a good idea (strike or whatever).  Some will lose their jobs as I did and even if they did not, they simply cannot afford to go without pay for any length of time.  How effective would all of this be if only a couple of people from different companies did this?  We all work for different companies, and again, they are not ALL bad, even though there are not many of those left.  There is also the consquence of them replacing us with near-newbies at even lower wages, increasing the company profits, and further damaging the industry.

Our only hope was the AHDI and they stabbed us in the back.  More offshoring is being done to cover the tax/cost implications currently in motion, again further damaging the industry.  I just have to believe that it will evolve to its worst, and then swing back our way.  Wishful thinking, I know but that's all I've got.

1000 lines a day, impossible? sm
this is not unrealistic.  On a good day, I can easily do 16-1700 lines! A mere 1000 lines per day is NOT an unachievable goal, even for a newbie or semi-newbie. My company requires 1200 lines a day, which I believe is about average!
I too felt like it was an impossible career
Now 8 years later, I'm glad I stuck with it.  Before working at home, I worked for two years at a local hospital and that really helped me build my work experience and really helped when I went out on my own.  By working at the hospital, I became familiar with the local docs and eventually got my own accounts with them.  I had to let those accounts go because I moved, and now I am working for a small MTSO for the timebeing.  I had no problem getting this job.  I had applied to many different places and was overwhelmed with job offers.  If you stick with it, it gets easier.  You've invested time and money into this, have patience and see it through.
I have an idea. Let the MTSO do impossible
his business.  Instead of expecting me to do him for 1/2 of what he is paying, let her do him. 
Then it's impossible to comment on the QA's note. sm
There are, of course, situations where it's pretty obvious that an individual guessed at a term rather than either looking it up or leaving a blank.

For instance, when the MT uses a term that has no logical relationship to the subject being discussed, that's a pretty good clue that she did not look up the definition of the word.

I'm not saying that's what happened in your case; I don't know enough to say. What I would suggest is that you decide on one of two courses of action:

a. Let it ride. It's doubtful that the QA intended to insult you, although "please check the definition of terms that you're not sure of" might have been more diplomatic (or would you have liked that any better?).

b. Talk it over with the QA calmly. Let her know that you thought her comment was offensive and presumed something that wasn't true.

Either way, I'm sure you're already aware that it's always better to leave a blank than to use the wrong term - whether by "mistake" or by "guessing". I know that all of us take great pride in completing our work accurately and it just kills us to have to leave blanks (a wonderful attitude, by the way!), but sometimes its just unavoidable - and if you've done your reasonable best to resolve a blank without success you've done your job. Leave the blank and get a second set of ears on it. After all, the doc might have used a term that doesn't even belong there in the first place.

I hope you're able to resolve this conflict with your QA or get past it. I know how these things take approximately 63.795% out of the joy of your work! :D
LOL! Know just how you feel. They are near impossible to grow in SoFla.
The best place to get experience is in a hospital. I think it is near impossible
to work from home without the valuable experience of working onsite with others around to listen and train.

The schools all hype everyone up on working at home, but it is not that easy!
had a dictator who would give me an impossible long-
unpronounceable name, like Thyvongngang Tamboyvonangouwengay - and then say "common spelling" like it was John Smith. Cracked us both up every time.
Impossible to give answer as it all depends
on voice recognition program, dictator, etc.    I am working in such a lousy program lucky to get in 800 lines a day - it's the software - I spend so much time deleting what is there it is not even funny.  I could type from scratch much faster. 
One thing I've learned in life is it's impossible to
stand up for themselves. Maybe only 1 in 100 will even try. Sad to say, but we've brought a lot of this onto ourselves.
Thank you for response. :( I figured it was nearly impossible for transcribed lines.
I think my co. wants me to quit...
I find infectious disease to be IMPOSSIBLE, with all the bacterias AND the meds.
I wanted to learn it, but I fear the learning curve would be impossible. sm

since I can't take any time off from the qwerty keyboard.  How did you make the conversion? 

At 53 working 2 jobs 80 hours a week is impossible. I tried it, it does not work!! (sm)
I have been at this business 30+ years and at one point worked 3 jobs and 2 were for hospital contracts with taxes taken out and the other IC. It gives you no life. My suggestion, if you need the extra $$ work your 40 during the week, then 1 or 2 nights 2 hours and then Sat/Sun 16 hours which would give you 20 hours. That is more than enough and will give you a chance to see if you want to make a job change. Have tried the 2 FT 80 hours and almost had a seizure over it. Remember if your not physically well you cannot do it all!
You must live in Calif - finding a good old doctor is nearly impossible here.
It amazes me. But, it is true. The stories I have heard are heartbreaking.

I blame it on the cap they placed on malpractice suits. Doctors here are complacent. In my town, we go to Stanford or UCLA for serious illnesses. It is well worth the drive.
Explain you took on 2 acct at same time but find it impossible to do adequate job for 2 accts.
There is a setting
to fix that and I can't remember what it is. But I complained about it and our IT guys told me how to fix it. There is something that you have to "allow" to get it to work.
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As an IC you should be setting your OWN rates
And then you inform the clients of the increase--period. You don't "ask" for an increase. That would make you an employee.
I have no idea, but there is a way of setting - sm
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Aha. So it is a setting they could change.
I think they just haven't noticed or haven't had time to do it, but it's good to know it is possible to have it not spellcheck demographics. There is no reason for it since they wouldn't want us to change anything in the demographics.

You are setting yourself up to most likely fail...

if you try to start an MT business right out of school.  Unfortunately, people take the college courses for MT just to find out that most employers do require experience.  There are companies that do hire newbies, but one must have attended an "approved" school.  It's not too late for you though.  I see you as having 3 options:

1. You attend an "approved" MT course/start over with schooling.

2. You apply everywhere, check your newspaper, keep looking.

3. You attempt to start up your own business and learn as you go, although I highly don't recommend this route. 


Good luck!

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