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if any doubt (at all!) leave it out (flag it).

Posted By: nm on 2009-03-05
In Reply to: do you blank it, change it, question it? - nm


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That would have been the first red flag! LOL
Obviously, the MTSO has had problems in the past then.
flag it

One red flag...
...to me was the benefit package described in the ad. Despite saying that they are "the new kid on the block", the benefits are those seen with (or even better than those of) large, established companies. Most new small companies cannot float such benefit packages unless:

a. They are a unit of or affiliated with another larger company of some sort - which we would certainly want to know.

b. They are a company that has reorganized and managed to hang onto their benefit package - which we would again want to know.

One ad is titled "A New Beginning", suggesting possibility "b" above. If so, it is very important to know which "old" company is being reincarnated as "Jax".

And, I hate to say it as it seems somewhat superficial, but even the name of the company raised my eyebrows.

Even if Jax proves legit, though, it serves now as a perfect example of how easy it would be to harvest resumes from people.
Yep, I would flag it

without a couple of sources of confirmation.  Docs cannot spell, though they think they can.  Sometimes I will find several Google entries with the same spelling, but they still turn out to be the wrong spelling. 

This is my favorite med site:


If you can hear any 3 consecutive letters (like the LOL or the ROL) you can search and it will give you anything that contains this combination,  generics on the right, brands on the left.  If you click on the name it will take you to another screen for dosages (sometimes.) 

That's a definite red flag...

By all means, if you can, find a vet that'll get you in as an emergency.  If your regular vet doesn't see patients on an emergency basis, honestly, it's time to find another one.  I have 3 cats & 2 birds, & if I had a vet who wouldn't take one of my "kids" STAT, I'd be going somewhere else. 

In the meantime, please give her ((((BIG HUGS)))) & lots of kisses from me & my "kids".  BTW, what's her name?  I'll keep her in my prayers  

It is a red flag to me, seeing one co. over and over. Would not inquire..nm
you cannot even erect a USA FLAG....sm

saw a story last year when a Boynton Beach homeowner with a condo association put up the American Flag.....and did battle with the association and HE lost the battle.....and either had to move or never put up an American flag....on his property in the ground with a pole.

I flag. I don't correct this because as the others said, you don't know. nm
Always flag/blank something so odd it is likely
I would still flag it - he said twice daily not

If AHDI had a CMT flag, I would definitely
Flag it. Verbatim or not, you do not
knowingly put in wrong info.
That was her - raised a red flag for me too - I wish I had said something at the time nm

Probably is Gemzar, but I would flag rather than assume. NM
I smell a rat. If it were me, I would consider this the first red flag and be on the lookout

I would definitely flag it and if you are able to put a note somewhere just ask the doctor to sm
review/revise the area in question. 
I took it more as a flag because it's uncommon in dictation..
not that there was a debate of whether to transcribe it or not. I personally haven't ever had a dictator mention praying with the patient, although, I have had one of my personal physicians mention that he hadnt seen me in church lately :D
location: worldwide (red flag!)
compensation: $50 (red flag!), is it per page, per hour, per day... as i understand it, craig's list is to sell items to local parties. It is not where i would look for, or respond to a job from.
think it might be diltiazem. Gonna flag it to be safe. Tx. NM
That only tells the grammar checker to flag spaces. Word does not auto space.
i am like you, i doubt it was even sent given her sm
flakiness it sounds. i would send her a certified letter demanding your money back within so and so days or you will contact the police dept for theft as well as sue her in small claims. however, small claims doesn't help much. you have to file in the county she lives in, which you can do via fax, but around here it costs like $60-70 just to file. then i assume you would have to go to OK for the court date so a lot of added expenses adding to much more than the $100. even if the court orders her to pay, there is no follow through with small claims. hey, you can contact judge judy, lol, and might even get a semi-vacation out of it for free. i would threaten her though and call her with a blocked # or use someone else's # to call her.
yep, when in doubt
Just laugh at them.   In the olden days of the Lanier stations, we had a female dictator that would keep cutting herself off like that.  The report would be in like 20 pieces, and she would keep coming back on, didn't even sound frustrated or anything, just kept saying, "I am continuing."  What a DOPE  - SPEAK UP!!!!
This country is so screwed up right now it is not even funny. Do not believe the "lowest unemployment rate ever". It is LOW because people have RUN OUT OF unemployment and are off the books. He needs to be on unemployment, waiting for his checks and see how he likes buying gas at these prices. By the way, going up another 10 cents per gallon here today so they say.
Doubt it
Probably not qualified.
Doubt it.
Doubt it.
Doubt it!
I am sure someone else will come along before too long and enlighten us! At least we can hope so or this place is going to the birds because it is b-o-r-i-n-g!
No doubt....
Saw was scariest I have seen in a long time.  Not for the squeamish!
I doubt it would help.
Not being negative here, but I've tried it. I don't think your company would approve of you using it, and I don't know if it would even work with their platform since it's not Word-based. Do you use an expander? Which platform are you working on? How many accounts are you bounced around on? Have to look up patient info?
I Doubt That. It happens all over.

8 years working for a hospital and we always had our "dry" periods around the holidays. Sometimes, it would be a month, sometimes 2 months. Last year it was 4 months! There was work, but very, very slow.

I now work for a national and am in the same boat. It started drying up around the holidays. I'm working a couple days a week, but not a full week. . . but I really don't care. I worked 7 days a week for 8 years and with everything else I do, time off is like heaven...but in the end, it will be like the 'other world' when the bills start piling up.

without a doubt (OP)

I think the MT profession needs more respect, and no, we are not losers.  Its work smarter, not harder.  We earn what people with BA's earn, without the stress, in the comfort of our own home.  Who wants to be stressed their entire life??  The corporate world is taking over, but they are all having heart attacks in their 40s.

My hats off to you for going back to school.  Sometimes it takes a no choice situation for us to get out of our comfort zone, and just throw ourselves out there and see what income we can scare up.  The past couple years I have really been exploring my passions, and that is what I want to take into retirement, something I feel fulfilled doing.  Like you said, creatitivity. Even if I have to work 2-3 jobs.  Thanks for your post, I figured I wasn't the only one a little worried.

Don't know, I doubt it - sm
but perhaps a system restore if you have Windows XP

good luck
I doubt it.
I doubt you need it

If you are an employee, you don't need it for sure as the finish product belongs to them, not you.

If you are an IC with a contract that the notes belong to them/the provider, you don't need it.

If you are working for  a clinic on your own, always put a clause in there that either you don't support electronic signatures or the CYA "dictated but not read" at the bottom of the note. 

In any case whatsoever, if you are doing your job properly you shouldn't have an issue.  Also it is very plainly the physcian's responsibility to read their notes before signing.  I know most don't but it falls on them.  We are not the MD, PA, whatever.  If you question things you think may not be right and don't guess, that should be enough.

Thanks, but I seriously doubt that she will--sm
It seems like she has already made her decision, as I have read previous posts from her on the same subject. Personally I think she knows this is a subject that is going to evoke responses and she is just trying to stir things up, but she is pointing her blaming finger in the wrong direction...in my opinion. I wish her luck.
Sorry, no doubt BOS says that..nm
#6 without a doubt
I was a legal secretary in litigation for many years.  Only time I worked under daily pressure like this was right before a trial and that wasn't that often and I got paid supremely well for it too, especially before a trial, and I didn't know squat compared to what I need to know to do this.  Then I ran a word processing/editing service with an emphasis on doctoral dissertations.  Compared to each, THIS is by far the most difficult.  We are typing and UNDERSTANDING and CORRECTING DICTATED ERRORS IN a foreign language all day under pressure day after day.  Our job requires education and experience and skills the former did not.  Besides that, what we do affects human lives and our mistakes will follow them the rest of their lives so we must be accurate.  By all means it deserves a least a #6, especially if we go EMR and most docs don't check our work and that's pricing it LOW. 
I rather doubt that, but if that's what you
then go for it.

I actually don't send mine very much. But even if I send them just ONE question a month, they still gripe about it. Pulls them away from their potato-chip and cookie binge-eating and their soap-operas, I guess.
Yes no doubt you do
And if you are good at what you do, filling in the blanks, the more power to you. I am sure it is not an easy job unless you are a superduper MT/QA person with a ton of experience. There is no silver lining in QA work from your perspecti
I doubt it has anything to do...
with creating an electronic medical record; in fact, the documents may already be uploaded to an EMR format.  It sounds quite simple.  They are trying to save money.  I have had many clients over the years who operate in a similar fashion.  It's not something new.
I seriously doubt it

I think it is just when the doctor dictates an "abbreviation" such as 'insert my usual physical exam,' or something similar to that.  Obviously I can't know for sure, since I don't even know which company you are talking about, but it does say "after an abbreviation has been dictated," not transcribed. 

I for one had little doubt when you

asked the question in the first place that Welfare would be your choice. 

Why don't you rise to this new challenge in your life and get another job just to prove to us that you can pay your baby?  Do it just to spite all of us @*?ches. 

I doubt she has done this very much
She says - To do this for a living, do all mt's have to be 100% accurate ALL the time? I thought that was what the editors were for or was I mistaken?
I am not new to this, just new to doing it full time at home (with no other job duties in between). I see no where she has told of any training, reminds me of another poster that came on her and never told where she had worked or if she had and asking questions, loads answering and yet did not know beans about the work.
When in doubt, MYOB
If you are really in India, which I doubt, but is entirely
possible, you may be interested to know that legislation is in the works to STOP all offshoring of any/all work which might "compromise the security" of U.S. "entities."  This includes, of course, healthcare records. 
I don't doubt you, anyone knows statistics
can be manipulated to show anything you want them to.
I would highly doubt that considering
you had been "riding" your horse all day. That stench will carry for awhile!
I doubt there are many who are going to care. SM

It's the nature of the beast.  I used to care more about it, but I found no one else really did.  So if both are correct, I guess it's something that probably won't be standardized. 

Ugh! A STAT, no doubt!
When I used to do hospital dictation, there was one MD whose dictations were always in the 20- to 30- minute range. What was worse was that he was the kind with long pauses followed by speed-dictated phrases. That's my least-favorite style. And he'd have the audacity to mark many dictations STAT. I think there should be a rule that 9 minutes is the longest a STAT report can go on, so the Transcriptionist has time to do the other, real STATs!

Ophthalmology - without a doubt!
I have always had a really hard time with ophthalmology - probably because I get it so rarely. 
I think Wannie is exactly right. If in doubt,
DON'T. The bottom line is that this sort of relationshipi always fails, so why waste your time? Listen, because you have been given some excellent advice here.