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great letter!

Posted By: (sm) on 2009-03-20
In Reply to: another letter that I'll share if anyone wants to copy (long). - offshoring concerns

Wonderful job on that, and thanks to you and the many others bringing our voice to the forefront. 

One typo I noticed that you may want to change if you haven't sent it yet:  As a U.S. citizen, if my doctor was obligated to inform me that my medical records would be leaving the country to be transcribed into a report, I would no authorize this to take

Just a change from no to not.  It really is an awesome letter! 

Thanks again! 

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great letter!
i like your letter. it makes me think: have you heard of actual cases where medical records were lost or stolen after being offshored to another country like india? have there been cases where these fears have been realized?
That is a great letter, and
I am so sorry to hear that this has happened to you. I wish I had just the right words to say, but I know even that would not really help right now. I know you are tired of hearing, 'Keep your chin up.' etc. I do wish you luck in finding some replacement work, and fast, and I hope that in the end this is a good thing, because what you find is better than what you lost.
Great letter, but our new
leadership (just like the leadership of the past 8 years) does not care about those of us who work hard. Just now we will pay more taxes and have even less to show for it.
Great letter

Very well done letter.  My husband and I are in the same boat - working our butts off and falling further and further behind and I hope you find a new job soon.

You might want to also send your letter to the Vice President's Middle Class Task Force. 

Great letter

Very well done letter.  My husband and I are in the same boat - working our butts off and falling further and further behind and I hope you find a new job soon.

You might want to also send your letter to the Vice President's Middle Class Task Force.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/strongmiddleclass/

If it's a business letter you use a colon. if it's a personal letter you use a comma. nm


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Thanks to all. Got some great feedback and ecouragement. This board is great.
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It is a GREAT company and great deal! I've had
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Sounds like he will do great then. Again, best wishes for great success!
That's great Patti. Thanks. Have a great time at the beach.
You should feel great as a transcriptionist if they think your work is that great!!!
It is not your fault they approached you. I think it would be a different storey if you were the one searching for the job to take away from a company. They obviously want to get rid of the company and if you didn't take the job they would probably ask someone else. You should enjoy the better position and not feel guilty!!
Great post -great job of wording your answer! (sm)
Original poster - I completely agree with this answer, especially the part about finding yourself and using all that you have learned intellectually and connecting that to something that you will also enjoy with your heart!! You have so many wonderful options for your future - much more than many of us.
IT - great program, great support system. nm
What letter
Did only certain offices get a letter. I work in the southeast and have not received a letter.
No letter here either (sm)
I am a SE, were these mailed to employees and SEs?

Also, have a question. Signed up for Qnet - activated I-mail account, on the Q-net I don't get any memos or even show an icon or heading to click on. Can someone enlighten me. I know I can call 1800dictate, just thought I would do better asking here.

Is the letter you are talking about the one talking about preserving documents and telling us not to throw anything away,  or is this a different letter?   
Here's the letter...
medquist has always prided itself in doing business ethically. As part of our
continuing efforts to ensure that we maintain very high standards, we have
enrolled you and many of your associates in an Internet-based Ethics training
course in the area of Code of Conduct.

All MedQuist employees will be paid for the time spent taking the training. All
Transcription Operations Hourly/Production Employees (Medical Transcriptionists,
Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Customer Service Representatives, Clerical)
should schedule time in advance to take their Ethics Training with their
Supervisor. All hourly/production employees will be paid for the time spent
taking the Ethics Training, which is expected to take 45 minutes. MT employees
will be paid the equivalent of their "benefit rate" for the time spent
completing the training, up to a maximum of one hour.

To begin the training, click the link at the bottom of this e-mail. Please write
down and keep your User ID/Access Code, also found at the bottom of this e-mail,
since you will need it to enter the training. If you need any technical
assistance please send an e-mail to: mailto:support@integrityatwork.net.

The course will take you about 45 minutes. It is important that you finish this
course within the next several weeks. Please contact the human resources or
legal department if you have any questions about this or any other compliance

Thank you and enjoy the training.

About letter -- don't have it -- was that
the ENTIRE contents of the letter?  What else did it say, please?
rec'd letter
yes i rec'd the same letter as the posts below. they are paying 2 different rates; the rate you are currently rec'g for typing will remain the same, the ASR or edited reports will be paid at 20% less than your current typed rate
The letter also states that in a few weeks we will get information about a new MT/ME Rewards Plan that will go into effect in early 2006. Why don't they just tell us what it is now. Is this supposed to be a dangling carrot strategy. It had better be a big carrot. Oh well, it's probably not anything that will improve our checks, just theirs.
Letter from MQ
Yes, would you PLEASE post the letter you received from MQ? I have to drive 8 miles one way into town to get my mail and with the gas prices, I only plan on doing that once a week. I would like to know what that letter said as well.
I got mine today, and I am really upset. My production has gone down or stayed the same since doing ASR reports. I have to practically retype the entire report. I often delete everything and type from scratch. I'm gonna quit. If I decline ASR reports, they will give me a really crappy acount, I just know it. My base rate was 0.875 (after 9 years with no raise excempt when I made CMT) and now it will be 0.700. That is so pathetic. I'm finished with these greedy Bastards!
MQ Letter
I got my letter last fri, my last name is at the front of the alphabet.  My base rate is being reduced by 0.175 cpl for ASR reports.  So now on top of my already reduced pay when starting DQS, it will be reduced further.  I figure I will lose about $200-250 per month.  I am going to reply to the corporate heads who sent the letter, and give them my 2 cents. I challenge all MQ MTs to reply to the letter and give your input on their unfair pratices.  I will soon be an ex-MQ'r.  I won't allow them to reduce my pay once again.  I don't make 25% more in production on ASR reports.  I have to re-type almost the entire report except for the occasional dictator, where I only proofread and make minimal changes.  I had a contract once upon a time that stated what my pay would be.  I never gave anybody permission to change that.  Isn't this illegal?  I am going to get legal advice and see what my options are.  I am not going to take this lying down.  I'm tired of being kicked around.  Thanks CM for enlightening me about the F9 feature, what an eye-opener.  Now I have proof that they are cheating us out of our pay.
ANOTHER MQ letter,

this one about new pay plan............ "Pay rates based upon experience, skill, and work difficulty" is the first 'highlight'....... I have been asking for a raise since MAY and I am level 3 typist, highest level MQ has....  Supposed to be contacted personaly by someone in the future.  Hmmmmm, wonder what they will offer. 

will I get a letter?? probably not
Well, I have 36 years experience and can transcribe anything..gee, wonder if they will contact me..They cut back my pay when I went to DQS by one half penny..Mmmm..hope I get that letter..Sure havent gotten the letter for DQS line count discrepancy and a check for that..
One more letter
A lot of good that CMT classification did for you. You would think the company, which claims to be short on able-bodied transcriptionists, and with all the new technology they are developing to make our job easier, that they would want to increase our pay to do ASR reports. Totally makes no sense. I sense a massive exodus.
That's the way I understood it also.
I got the same letter from SBC (which is AT&T LD)

using onesuite.com.  I called when I got their letter and canceled my LD immediately.  LD is only 2.5 cents a minute at onesuite.com.  You have to pay in advance and then you dial an access number and then the number you want to reach.  I liked unlimited better because I could dial direct, but for now I guess I'll use onesuite.

I got the same letter. sm

last year from SBC so I switched to MCI.  I was completely honest with MCI and told them what I needed it for becuase I did not want them coming back at me telling me I was not using it according to their guidelines.  MCI is expensive though.  By the time you pay for taxes and everything else my bill is around $80.  I wish I could find a job that is totally internet based.  I started to check into Vonage but I could not understand how that worked when they kept telling me I had to pick a phone number or a different area code than the one I have and you can't speak to someone who speaks good English to get an accurate explanation.  I also would like to know what everyone else does or how they get away with it.  I wish the hospital that I work for through the company that I work for would have a 1-800 number for the transcription.  I would even be willing to pay my employer a $10 long distance fee or something just so I do not have to pay out $80 every month. 

need letter help
Okay, it's been a long time since business english 101, can anyone tell me where "return receipt requested" goes on the body of the letter, and isn't it in all caps? I am thinking it goes just below the address to whom the letter is being addressed, but just not positive about it. Thank you!!!
SPi letter
Yes, I got the letter this weekend. Disturbing sign of the times.
First letter only!
Thats how I have always done SOAP notes.
Thanks for all the great advice! You guys are great!
MQ lawsuit letter
Yes, I received the letter yesterday.  Sounded like this investigation is going to take quite some time if they have to subpoena transcriptionist's records.  I just threw it in the round file  :)
why it will be good for MTs. you can see from letter below from CEO

the impact the lawsuit has had simply to start change within the MQ organization. 

Here's pertinent part of letter that shows changes coming.

From Frank Lavelle, President

To all statutory medical transcriptionists

July 14, 2005

VIA Electronic and U.S. Mail

Dear Statutory Medical Transcriptionists:

We would like to thank you for your continued service and support. We know that the key to our success is the people who work so hard for our customers everyday.

At MedQuist, we are determined to become the medical transcription provider of choice for statutory employees. Over the past several months, with your help and input, we have been working on developing a pay plan and comprehensive benefit program that will enable us to set the standard in the industry. We recently announced significant changes to our benefits program for full time employee transcriptionists and within the next few months, MedQuist will be announcing a new pay plan that will address the feedback we received from medical transcriptionists in response to our survey on pay issues.

As you may also know, MedQuist is currently responding to a lawsuit brought by three medical transcriptionists that was filed in response to certain publicity surrounding MedQuist's billing practices involving the AAMT billing unit of measure. MedQuist takes all allegations concerning its pay practices very seriously and will seek to address any concerns raised by the lawsuit. While we believe that the claims raised by the three transcriptionists appear to lack merit, we are diligently working on addressing this matter in order to best serve all of our valued medical transcriptionists.

To enable us to fully and appropriately respond to this, as well as other lawsuits currently pending against the company and governmental investigations, our lawyers from Winston & Strawn are required to collect documents. To ensure that you are completely informed about the materials they are seeking, we have attached a memorandum below regarding MedQuist's document retention and collections policy. Please review this document as soon as possible.

Once again, we would like to express our deep appreciation for your continued patience, cooperation and service to the company.

Very truly yours,

Frank Lavelle





introductory letter

Kkay, what exactly do you include in your introductory letter?  Have the business cards already. 

Thanks a mil!


Maybe just a letter that tells her how much you
appreciate her and everything she's done for you, how much you love her, et cetera.  I would much rather have something like that from my children than a gift. Gifts are nice, too, but sometimes something from the heart just means so much more.
Haven't gotten the letter yet
 MQ is run by a bunch of jerks.
letter in mail
I got a letter in the mail from MQ headquarters today
"The Letter"
I got my "letter" from MQ today, and immediately called my supervisor to tell him that once that goes into effect I will no longer to ASR..........  hopefully everyone will do this (or at least the majority) and MQ will hear us ?? 
New pay plan letter ? Can you tell us what was in it? (sm)
I am an SE and I think they mail this info out alphabetically or maybe to employees first. My friend usually gets her info 4-5 days before me. Her last name starts with a C and mine an M.

Congrats on the $400.
new pay plan letter
They are going to reduce your base pay for ASR reports, if you type them aka speech recognition. Your base pay will be reduced by 20% for ASR reports. I just added it up and it makes a huge difference to the tune of hundreds of dollars a month if you type a lot of ASR, like I do.
I got the same letter today...
What? I didn't glean any new info from it.  Just that someone would contact regarding the new pay plan or something like that.  It is a very general letter, not a personal letter...what's all the excitment about???
no letter or memo to me yet
I havent gotten any letter..or memo..anyway, I would think of course they would keep SE's or offer the SE's FT positions.  However, I dont think they would do away with SE's as they dont have to pay for insurance of anything with SE's. 
Indeed it does, as the letter clearly states
it was a DEP error
If letter was to all "transcriptionists"

spoken specifically to FULL TIME and PART TIME Transcriptionist categories and anticipated changes for those only.

They should have addressed it to ALL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS WITH MEDQUIST...or more completely indicated all of the positions they have working for and with MQ.

I don't work FOR MQ, I am a contractor.  MQ is my client.   I am responsible for all my equipment, sick time off, overhead.

I am not an employee....in simple terms. 

When they write a letter addressing changes in offers MQ is making to ALL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS doing transcription for MQ, I would have paid attention.


The letter was a waste of

who wrote it and are now trying to make it smell better.

and it was a waste of the time for the MT who got it.

All these silly pre-letters and anticipated packages that nobody can tell you what is in them or what they are about, and 1/cent checks being mailed out to people, just make MQ look really foolish from a business standpoint.  If they were trying to run people off, they did a darn good job.  And if they weren't trying, then whoever thought of this business strategy, needs to go rework it.  Because in my case it  was the final obtuse act by a smarmy company that helped me make the decision to invest my experience in the competition.

The letter I got clearly stated that you can opt out
of ASR and do strictly MT. I was told when I trained on DEP that at some point there would be a reduction for those doing ME. I see no reason to bail, as my office, at least, was up front with me. It's unfortunate if some offices were not.