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ah, but just because your clients don't follow BOS,

Posted By: doesn't mean there are not those that do. on 2007-03-16
In Reply to: I don't think the accounts have...sm - doesn't make it right.


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Followup (or follow-up) for noun/adj. Follow up for verb. nm
Bravo! 1 cm no 1-cm. Follow-up no follow up. 1 mg no 1mg. 1 space after period, no 2. S
just to follow up
To get 250 per hour...you really have to have your short cuts in place and be using them frequently, this is what I have to do anyway, and since switching jobs it has been hard to keep up due to the "newness" of the dictators, so my butt better be in that chair typing to make these kinds of results.
what? huh? can't follow...sm
talk about an inane message...

When she came home from school , bussing it I would not allow her to go to her room and nap.  She was exhausted from the night before. I told her you are not going to stay on the phone until 1:30 and then sleep and then do the same thing over again. I took the cell phone away for a while and told her she can use the house phone and the phone better not ring after 9 p.m and she is off at 10 p.m.   Kids are tricky though.  I am going to take the portable phone to my bed room at night.   In the middle of the night my other daughter use to take the phone in her room.  Her boyfriend has no rules or curfews and this is part of the problem.  He told her that his mom feels bad that they are divorced so she gives into him.  Until now she respected our wishes.  She is a great , smart and talented kid.  This is the first time I really has disrespect from her.   

Thanks again

follow up
In my class we did learn on the 250's also. The class included 2 class sessions and 2 range riding sessions. Good luck...
I don't follow, what exactly is sad?
I thought I would let you all know I received the keyboard and so far I really like it.  There are so many things it and the mouse can do, that I'll be busy for a long time figuring it all out.  The touch is quiet (which is good with small sleeping children).  It is considered ergonomic, even though is not a split keyboard.  The mouse can be programmed to do all kinds of things (there are like 56 commands you can program it to do if you want).  The receiver for the wireless keyboard and mouse also works as a battery charger.  They send you two sets of rechargeable batteries so one is always ready to go when the others need charging.  Quick and simple to install driver and set up.  I ordered mine off Directron.com and got it for 34.99.  I ordered it on Monday and got it Wednesday and that was with ground delivery by UPS, I was impressed.  If anyone has any questions about it, just ask.  I'm still figuring it out as I go along. 
thanks for the quick response
follow up again...

My QA is just great thank you - have never had a problem with it.  I just have a gift with typing, my sister is a Transcriptionist and she types just as much as I do in a day, my daughter won every keyboarding award her school ever gave for 6 years straight, my son won it for 2 of his 4 years at that same school.  My mother was an exceptionally fast typist back when there were only typewriters.  It is just a gift that we have...

However, I did not say that every hour would be 410 LPH.  I did not say that everyone could achieve it.  My point was that my production had slipped really low and that obviously a lot of it was my "extracurricular things" that did not involve transcription.

I am just like everyone else - I have to stop and look up words, I have hard dictators, I have gibberish to decipher... I am not backing myself into a corner expecting 400 lines an hour every hour.  That is not reasonable - some hours I may have harder times than others.  I may have to look up more, I may have a slow time on the computer, I may have horrible dictators... that is the nature of the job.  People want to be a transcriptionist and then when they have to actually do it they complain about what is involved in it.   

My post was only to encourage people to work to their potential - not just complain that they cannot do it and name 100s of reasons why it can't be done.  I am sorry if I stepped on a nerve...  Some people obviously just cannot be happy no matter what...

Follow the BOS.
I sent you an email regarding the BOS.
I follow these
Never ever click on (or open) an email which you don't recognize the sender. I read that spammers have a thing (forget what it's called) that lets them know when an email has been read and thus that it's an active account. Click the square to the left of the email to select it and then click the spam button. Then go to the spam folder and click the square at the top and hit Delete. There is a disclaimer on this website that internet spiders can harvest email addresses from this site.

Spammers can send messages to random email addresses, not even knowing if they are valid, then as soon as the email is opened, they know it's an active account, and they're off to the races.

This takes a while, but they do slowly stop coming to you as long as you're vigilant.
Let me follow this up by saying
I probably would laugh at his leaving a $5.00 card because he is such a cheapie, returns something across town if not what it should be and that would be keeping in with who he is. The only thing he does not get cheap on is a really good vehicle for me that he buys.
More follow-up...

Thanks for your responses so far.

One huge worry for me is VR totally taking over my job.  In what I know and what I've read here, it seems the more you 'correct' any VR system, the more it seems to work against you (less editing).  I would look for a second job but I'm afraid of biting off more than I can chew.  Again, I don't know if getting paid per report is the norm.  It is the way it is, I suppose.  There is no per line pay option here, which is why I'm not sure if I'm making substantially less.  Obviously, before our official pay cut, I was making twice what I'm making now per page and I was doing just fine financially.  At that time, I had no complaints.  Also, there has been a drop in the workload because the residents are editing their own work, so we have lost them.  That hurt.  It has also been slower than usual and we have our friendly neighborhood 'cherry picker' on top of it all.  We also use Lanier intermittently, which is paid per line, so there are still times that I can make extra money doing ST.  Oh the dilemma.  Do I ride the wave again?  I've been here before and the only difference was is that my old account didn't feel the need for keeping us on for editing.  The docs edited the reports themselves.  Again, if anyone has insight or their experiences, I'd love to hear them and thanks to those who already posted.

The key to doing this is you have to have a routine and follow it. (sm)
What might work for one person may not work for the next, but f you make it YOUR routine it will become a regular part of your day. For me (and I've been at this for a long, long time) my best hours are in the early morning. I get up, shower, get dressed, put the coffee on, take care of whatever needs taken care of so it won't interfere with your day (feed the cat, let the dog out, whatever you would normally do if you had to leave your house for the day and go out and work). Then sit and work for 2 hours, take a short break, work another 2 hours, break for lunch, and so on until your work day is finished. It also helps if you keep your work area clean so you can have a fresh desk to start off with. NO TV. Don't answer the phone while you're working to take personal calls. Do that on your break. These are just some ideas that work for me.
Follow up is needed.
I responded to a job this morning and at their request sent my resume and did not receive a reply until I saw another posting for the same job on this board. I just dont think this is good business.
follow the rules
I too thought crepitus was the only correct form -- until the pediatric rheumatologist "corrected" me and insisted on crepitance. (As the Red Queen says, "All ways here are MY ways.")
follow up on bifocals

I actually have three stage progressive lenses due to 80% blindness in one eye and peripheral problems in the good one. 

Main part for distance, middle part on one eye for computer work, then bifocal at bottom for reading books, etc.  Dang expensive but much easier than the 3 different pair I was using.

If you follow comments by a well known (sm)
senator, Pat Robertson, this is probably happening because you are all such evil people. If you would straighten your act up, quit taking vacations, work 24/7, quote the Bible all day long, and make sure you invest all your money in countries that promote torture (i.e., his diamond mine investments in Africa), then none of this would ever happen to any of you.

But if that is how I would have to live to avoid bad weather, I will take the bad weather any day.
ok now I follow what you're saying
Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens next week. I'd hate to Terry win it, definitely not Danielle. I'm not even sure how she made it this far. She's done nothing. Hopefully the winner is Cirie and if not, then Aras.

Happy mother's day mom of 3 (I too am a mom of 3 !)
Follow these steps....
You have 3 keys at the top of your C-phone, press the one on the far left with PROGM above it.  Then press KEYS (far left button also).  Select progm key comes up, press the button you are wanting to change (the one causing you to disconnect).  It then will ask you if you want to revise, answer yes.  Then press the multiplication sign X on the far right of your keypad (also labeled select).  Then press the Stop button located on the bottom section of your C-phone.  This is what works for me, hopefully this will help you too.
follow up letter
I know if you go onto Microsoft.Com they have templates for resume follow up letters. Good luck.
I would follow up with another e-mail, and
if no response in a day or two call them.
Follow-up per BOS2 is not to be used.
Followup is noun, follow up is adjective or verb.
No more hyphenated follow-up. sm
#1. Follow up (verb): I will follow up with the patient next week.
#2. Followup (noun or adjective): The patient will come in for a followup next week, or the patient will come in for a followup examination next week.
You should always follow guidelines
set up by your MTSO/client. If expanding when not allowed to, that could be considered line padding and a quick way to lose your job.
s/l follow progrssion not really sure

We are going to place her in a Jewett hyperextension brace, (follow progression) and continue the same anti-osteoporosis measures afforded.

A follow up here. Appreciate these posts.
The computer guy yesterday showed me several Trojan virsues on my machine, 3 or 4 so would AVG work with those or not? I have McAfee now but will try something else. I have taken all into consideration on here and made notes of what I should do.
Did you follow BOS guidelines??? That could
To get own clients or not....
I have thought about getting my own clients, but working for a company, if I want time off, I can easily arrange that and know there will be co-workers to cover the accts.  If I get sick, the company will find someone to cover the accts.  I don't have to worry about the billing, tech support, trouble-shooting, complaints.  Maybe someday I will chose to give up what life I have and get my own clients, but for now I like being an IC for a company.  This way, I am a great employee and an even better boss. 
My clients...
Consist of clinics.  They all get 48-hour turnaround time guaranteed, and anything STAT (a TRUE emergent STAT) they need, it's done at no extra charge.  Radiology gets four to eight-hour turnaround for obvious reasons.  The rest of the clinics don't need a 24-hour turnaround time because let's face it, their staff basically sit on it, and I'm not going to break my neck so they can just sit on it....
Hello!  I'm new to the board but not to MT.  I've been working from home for my own clients for 10 years.  I wondered if others who do the same have ever experienced a situation I just encountered and wondered what your thoughts were.  I had a client whom I transcribed for for two years, then he moved and started back up in his practice and called me and I've worked for him for an additional year in that new practice.  When I noticed recently that I hadn't received his dictation as usual, I questioned it, i.e. was he on vacation, did they lose a tape or what?  The receptionist said he must not have dictated yet.  I found this off as he usually dictates each day he's in the office.  A week had gone by w/o work so I called and asked and the same girl said she'd have his wife (who works in the office) call me because she didn't know why there wasn't work, etc.  At this point I got suspicious and had asked the recep. if there was something going on I should know about. She said they're working on this new software and maybe they just got behind.  New software? I talked to his wife and "I" mentioned this software.  She didn't.  I asked if this affected my workload and she said 'yeah, probably quite a bit.'  I asked if she would please let me know AHEAD of time if they were going to make this transition so I could prepare and plan (she had just made it sound like they were just looking into it and kind of testing it out, NOT that they'd by any means started using it full-time).  She said oh certainly they would let me know ahead of time.  Then I pressed a little more and finally she told me he'd already been using it for his patients and when I asked if I should replace his work, she said yeah, probably because he really seems to like it and will probably use it.  I don't know what the software is but I hate it just because it took a big client from me.  But I"m also wondering if this is common practice for a physician just to outright not tell an MT that they weren't going to use their services any more.  I mean, not only did they not give me notice beforehand, but they hedged on admitting it when I came right out and asked.  I find this incredibly rude and inconsiderate, especially when I've been a faithful MT for them for three years.  I"m just dumbfounded at this behavior.  Has anyone experienced this?  So now that leaves me in the lurch with bills to pay with an already tight budget (hubby in college, two kids, high heat bills, blah, blah, etc.) and me looking for work to fill in the gap.  Sorry I ranted and rambled.  I'm just really upset by this and wondered if anybody experienced being treated this way and/or knows what this software might be and if it poses a threat to any of us.  Thanks so much!
Own clients
This has been discussed many times with many different opinions/ideas.  You might do a search as there was quite a heated debate on this about two months ago.  I have a brochure that I send out with my card.  For those I am very interested in I do stop by in person or if anyone calls inquiring I stop by in person.  You have to be prepared with equipment to do tapes or digital and some may inquire about a call in system.   You may have to pick up and deliver, provide your own paper.  Be prepared to do any type accounts.  Your rate will depend on the area you are in and can be anywhere from 11 to 16 cpl from what people say on this board.  You have to be prepared to have some back up if you get very sick or have an accident and for vacations.   You will not get any benefits, will not getpaid when the doctor takes a month off to go to Spain.  It will be a tough go at first until you esablish a rapport with the office staff.  But I like it and have been doing it for 18 years.  Just did a report and have made 4K more this year than I did last year so things are looking up for me.  Good luck.   Patti 
One of my clients for whom I have done only
tapes for has given me a CD to load onto my computer.  I haven't put it on yet but I'm wondering if you all can help.  It's an Olympus CD and looks like it's for .wav files which is what he intends.  He says I should be able to load this onto my computer and then after that, he can email me voice files.  Now, is this correct and what will I need to have in order to play and transcribe his voice files?  I have a Bytescribe pedal. Please tell me I won't have to buy a different pedal for this! Thanks in advance for any help!
want to get own clients

Hi Everyone,


I have over 2 years’ experience in medical transcription and really want to get my own client(s).  I feel that I am finally ready to take that leap.  The question I have is – how do you go about talking to potential clients?  What is the best way?  Mailings, calling, just going in?  Should I make business cards?  Unfortunately all of my doctors offices (family, ob/gyn) husband's GI doc and daughter's pediatrician are all EMR.  Ugh.  So that's no help. 


I’m not really afraid of what to charge or contracts, the rest is what has me stressed the most.  Should I buy a program like DocShuttle or will they basically tell me what they want?  I have been with nationals and small  MTSOs alike and just am not sure how to go about everything myself. 


You can feel free to e-mail me with any advice also.


I really appreciate the suggestions/help!!!

Getting own clients
I am currently transcribing for GI docs who are using the EMR system, I love it. There is barely any paper for me to handle, I fax everything right from their system to the referring physicians, once in a while I will get a physician who doesn't have a fax and so I need to mail. The final copy goes right into their system. I am currently working from home through my business. They had the equipment installed at my house, fortunately for me, I was with them for four years before I went on maternity leave and have been doing it from home for the past two years.

I also transcribe for ENT docs in my area, before I went on maternity leave I asked them to use my digital phone in system (really didn't expect them to since they were 'set in their ways' but they agreed).

As far as getting new clients, I would get some business cards printed out, and some fliers stating what equipment you will use, i.e. tapes, digital; will you be dropping the finished work off, and also turn-around-time. Then if it were me, I would take these to local doctors, speak with the office manager and offer your services, may be you can start off by offering to cover vacations (I know how hard it is to get coverage for yourself on vacation. You might have to start small and work your way up, but at least it is a start.

Well that is all I can think of, I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck!!
Best way to get clients? sm
I want to market my service in my area. I have gone to offices before in the past, but they sometimes get annoyed. I have also done mailings and get no response. Is there another way to get the OM's attention that maybe I overlooked? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Some clients won't go there
Some doctors have such rotten dictating habits they know running their reports through ASR will result in utter garbage; they have TAT to meet and they know if they take the time to have those reports extensively edited post ASR its just an extra step.  Some clients know for them it will be a time and money waster; it is the MTSOs that are pushing for all ASR, not the clients.  Many hospitals have tried ASR inhouse and end up scrapping it and going back to MTs.  Its a lot like outsourcing in that many people are on the bandwagon, but there'll always be some that refuse to ride it.
Clients have the right to not have an
MT transcribing that reports if that MT continually makes mistakes. Not talking about the ones QA catches, but the reports that are sent straight through without QA and they catch the mistakes on their end and have to send it back. The client I am assigned at my MTSO has said that certain mistakes will not be tolerated and those that make those will not work on their account. They have the right to pull the account from the MTSO if their wishes are not followed by the MTSO.
getting own clients

Does anyone have a sample letter that I can look at to try to get my own accounts?  I would really appreciate the help if there is anyone willing.  I just need something to get an idea of what to cover in a letter just to get my foot in the door.

Thanks in advance.

I don't have any of my own clients...sm
so I have never had this problem. They said you were no longer transcribing his letters. Does that mean you are still transcribing other types of reports for him or is that the only type of report you did for him?
If the secretary called you before and asked questions about "How often ARE you coming to get work" or something to that effect, then it leads me to believe he was not happy with you for some reason. Sounds like he found someone else to do his work. He could have found someone to do it cheaper, who knows? I hate to hear you lost this client. I know money is tight.
Why not just get your own clients?
Just curious why you would rather subcontract when you could just get your own clients and make more money instead of paying a middle man.
Instead of working, follow this link....
If you need a few laughs, follow this link...

I think it's always a good idea to follow up...

on these things.  You know how cyberspace is.  And just offices in general, etc. 

Took me three tries sending e-mails with my resume (waiting about a week before trying again, so as not too seem to pushy or desperate) to finally land my most recent new job, with the company that I was really hoping for out of all of my choices!  (fingers crossed that it really IS the right choice, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done better right now)

Anyway, I wouldn't ever give up without receiving some kind of response, just so you know that your reply had even been received in the first place.  Just politely state that you're following up again and are still interested in pursuing an opportunity with the company, LA la la, that kind of thing.  :)

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Follow all the same rules basically - sm
Don't let others use your computer, don't discuss any work in specifics (i.e. names, etc.) with anybody), keep work secure whether on your computer, printed out, etc., use secure or encrypted email/FTP if you email your work product, do not let others look over your shoulder while you work and read the report, etc. Just basic common sense stuff in order to keep the information private. Where I used to work had these conference call meetings and we would all log in via the internet and phone and have our HIPAA training every 6-12 months, was a pain in the butt, especially when they decided to stop paying us for the time we spent "attending" the mandatory meetings. HIPAA is not a big deal, as I said, it is mainly common sense.
Follow up article inside on how the new law is going.
Bankruptcy Reform: Bad News

There's really bad news on the bankruptcy reform front. As expected, the controversial new law is making things worse for folks who, in eight out of ten cases, were forced into dire financial straits by circumstances beyond their control. Almost all of the 61,355 people who have been seen so far by credit counselors can't pay back any of their debts.

These are the key findings of a study just released by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), called "Bankruptcy Reform's Impact: Where Are All the Deadbeats?" NACBA surveyed credit counseling firms that have been approved to provide required credit counseling services to people before they can file for bankruptcy.

While the credit counseling requirement was designed to steer people who could repay their debts into a debt management plan, the study concludes this "simply imposes new costs and time burdens on individuals who can ill afford either."

As NACBA executive director Brad Botes puts it: "Contrary to the claims of the proponents of bankruptcy law changes that they would zero in on the alleged legions of 'deadbeats' who supposedly were crippling the U.S. economy with 'billions of dollars in losses associated with profligate and abusive bankruptcy filings,' the federal bankruptcy law changes ... are doing no measurable good whatsoever. "

"Instead," Botes explains, "they have put new hurdles in the path of people who are already flat on their back due to financial crises over which they have no control, such as the loss of a job, catastrophic health care bills, and so on."

Bankruptcy filings are down, perhaps because many Americans may mistakenly believe that due to the new law, they no longer have the option. "Even though the process is now more cumbersome, time consuming and expensive than before," Bote recommends "consumers who need help should still seek out a bankruptcy attorney to explore their options and figure out how to navigate this trickier and more confusing process."

For more info about the bankruptcy study, listen to an online interview between credit expert Gerri Detweiler, a contributor to this blog and host of EverydayWealthRadio.com, and Maureen Thompson of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. (If this interview is no longer listed on the front page, simply type Maureen Thompson into the search field to access the interview. )

Posted by NancyCastleman on February 28, 2006 at 10:06 AM |

just follow the link, should have one on the site you buy web from
I would follow my instincts. It sounds as if
you know that it's time to move on. I would encourage you not to settle for your present situation if you're unhappy. If you can start at home with the national on the weekends or something and see how it works out, that's one idea. In the meantime, start looking around. It's easier to look for a job while you still have one. If you need to train for another career, begin now while you still have a steady paycheck. Whatever you do, don't stay stuck and miserable. Good luck to you.
Reality? Oh, my. Follow blindly. That's not
I haven't seen one post of hers that is even remotely helpful. Usually jumps in only to tell someone how foolishly wrong they are because they don't do things her way. However, I will continue to read and see if I can find the reality of which you speak in any of her posts.