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line count

Posted By: ginny on 2006-10-21
In Reply to: MTs being paid over $0.10 cpl - MT

I have been making 11 cents a line for the past several years. I was very blessed to find it though. In my opinion, the smaller MTSO's pay so much better than nationals. Good luck to you!

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You need to watch your line count. I was working for them and got reports that had line count of 0
You need to watch your line count. I was working for them and got reports that had line count of 0 in them. They did not pay for templates, they would deduct the template even if it was not used and deleted. I notified them and said they could not change it.

So I asked to be put on another account and they refused. I quit.

I was also promised they would have an incentive plan going into place if you type a certain # of lines. Two years went by and nothing.

I was really disappointed in OSI.

They also offered to pay half on joint AAMT, which they failed to do.

I am glad I am no longer there.
Take the character count divded by 65 and that will give you your line count.
New England, 16.50/hr, 8 cents a line after minimum line count..
full benefits available with general contribution by the hospital before you start paying for them, retirement, 403b, all benefits, and working at home as an employee, BUT, you have to live local to the hospital.
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Does anyone know if the Word 2000 line counter is generally the same as what most MT companies go by? I'm trying to see how I do being paid by lines as opposed to report.
Line count. No way, no how, ever. nm
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I have worked for SS for a few years and I DO NOT like the fact you cannot check individual line counts. I do not like having to trust someone to be in charge of my line count and I have no way of verifying it is correct. The line counts bounce all of the place. Try it yourself. I have a line count program and one day it is a couple of lines off and others over 10%. Not good and I can't believe they get away with this.
changes in DQS line count..sm
Apparently, now the ASR count is included in the "transcription" count. As of yesterday, I had to
look under "correction" to see ASR count and as of today, there is no "correction" listed. Hmmm.
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When they first started ASR it was under transcription, then they separated it, now put it back. Actually QC is a level higher than QA, at least that is how it has been explained to me, if QA can't fix it then it goes to QC
mq line count
Yes, I was surprised to see that suddenly happen on Sunday, I believe it was.  Seems like explanations should be given to us before or at least shortly after making such a change.  Maybe their lawyers suggested they do it this way?  I have not yet had a pay cut for ASR.
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Line Count
I have a Line count software, if you want please do email me, I shall help you out!
DQS and line count
I have been frustrated with line count on DQS since I started on program well over a year ago, but have adjusted to it. It might not have been as disappointing/frustrating if they hadn't made such a big deal about how many MORE lines we would be able to do on this program....... even had "employee statements" to back it up. I have since decided they were just actors, like you see in those drug commercials, you know, "I am a doctor/nurse/medicine man", etc. ......... It DOES get better ........
MQ line count
YES - I work for a hospital that uses the DQS software from MQ. Our pay went down 40%. Nobody knew what was going on, until we discovered that they cheat their transcriptionists! QUIT THEM... I want to see them go totally under. They are horrible, horrible people!
Line count
Can anyone tell me what is good for a newbie to get for line count?  I have a company that is going to pay 8-10 cents a line. Is that good?  Please help!!!
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No its not a IC position, its a employee position, I have benefits and so on.
line count
It depends on how the company is counting the lines. Transcription companies are getting better as to what they can count and what they don't. Spaces after lines have entered can easily be taken away. As technology moves forward, so does the ability to be more accurate with counting.
line count, etc.
It has been my experience that companies get defensive and leery of hiring you if you ask much beyond the very basics.  They have sort of a do you want the job or don't you attitude.  I hate it too that we don't even get to find out what their software is like before we accept the job.  I usually can tell IMMEDIATELY if I want to work for them after being on their software for 5 minutes.  Waste of their time and mine if I don't. 
Line count
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getting my line count up
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getting my line count up
I would love to get your book. What is the charge? My email address is above.

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LIne count
Okay, lets cut to the chase.  The way our lines are counted has been RADICALLY changed.  I've done this for 15 years and you get a feel for how many lines you are producing in a set amount of time or in the number of reports you generate.  Everyone is denying it but the line count is NOT the same.  But I'm sure the clients are still being charged the same.  They also cut out our pay for headers and footers.  So what to do?  There is nothing we CAN do.  These large companies are all about end results.  If they have to hire armies of TYPISTS what do they care?  They only have about a zillion QA people who can clean up the reports and make them look good.  Lets pay the typists peanuts instead of paying our TRANSCRIPTIONISTS decent pay.
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I know I have seen this posted before, just cannot find it, is there a good line counter out there that is freeware? I have MPcount, but it does not count headers unless you upgrade from the freeware version. Thank you
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Charge them for all the lines. If they have doubled their provider staff, they have to expect to pay more to have all the names on the template. That's only fair. If they had lost half of them, you would have cut the price, right?
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banging stapler, rummaging through chart, shaking paper clip cup while talking, looking up referenced doctors names, stumbling, starting over.
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Its been a while but from RAD menu, Transcription Statistics will do time frame by typist and Stats/comparitive will do line count, report or report type. That is if you have those menu options. Think that counts header too though.
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while you are in your document you wish counted, go up to *tools* on your toolbar. a drop down list will appear and *word count* should be there. click on that, and it will give you a character count. divide that by 65.
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I have a question, I usually produce 1000-1300 lines working 6-6.5 hours a day.  Would you say this is about average? 
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I am struggling to get a decent line count with the service I am with.  I just chalked it up to being slow and probably spending more time surfing the web than I realized.  Then recently I started with another service and my line count is great.  What's up with that?  I feel a bit foolish now for sticking it out so long with the first MT service.  I don't think its anything malicious on their part but it does make me wonder.  How do you know if you'll be able to get a decent line count with a company before you sign on with them?  Thanks.
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is there a way to include the headers/footers on reports in the line count program free download here in MT? 

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I am only a year into MT and have been wondering something for a while.  Do most MT's relisten to the dictation to edit it once they are very familiar with the dictators?  I have been tracking my errors when editing and have almost none and I thought how much that would improve my line count if I did not have to relisten to every one.  I'm thinking about cutting that back to just the difficult dictators.  The QA people are happy with my work.  Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks. 

Need help with line count and pay....sm

I don't know how to figure this out so...which is better- .085 per line at 55 characters without spaces or .08 per line at 65 characters with spaces?


Line count
Use the free program called MP count. It even creates an invoice for you.
They can set the line count any way they like. SM

I have worked for some with that program and they had it set not to count spaces and not to count headers. 

Other places I have worked they had it set differently. 

When a company buys the Dictaphone system they are trained to set it up to count lines, spaces, characters, etc. 

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What exactly does 500 lines per day equal out to (how many hours per day, reports, etc)? I have worked for one clinic and I get paid a nice monthly salary. 


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I have worked in Meditech for Rad / Pathology / and Medical Records.  I have helped write transcription specifics for Meditech........ 

As far as the line count in Meditech, it has no reason to it really.  However, it does count higher than any other programs I have compared it to.  I am sure I knew at one time how the line count was programmed, but it has been  27 years since I knew that information.  Now, I just type and take the line count it gives.  If you are paid through Meditech line count, count yourself lucky.  I do. 

As far as initials, yes if someone edits your report, as long as they do not go and manually change your initials to theirs after editing a report (and this does happen when they want to print the report, some transcriptionists do not know to leave the identifer alone and just print under the typist ID instead of changing to theirs) they will get credit for the report.  We use to require the report be given back to the original Transcriptionist . IF that was not possible, the second transcription would document to the Supervisor the report data, job #, patient, etc. and there would be an adjustment made to the line count at PPE.  The lines would be split.  OR, the supervisor would make the changes, additions, corrections to the report, and the original trans would get the credit. 

 Maybe this will help a little.


Need help re using line count

I recently took a job where you do your line count in Word.  I am supposed to count with spaces, which is really easy, and then I divide that by 65, but if you are also supposed to count headers, footers, how do you do that.  When I put a checkmark in the box to count headers and footers, the count is no different than if I didn't check it.  I must be missing a step.  Help!  Thanks.

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Not good line rate and no incentive, VR and straight, made almost 60 in the 80s, almost retired, donít really give a rats behind anymore.
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Wow. Do you have an alternate was to track your line count?
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I average 1000 to 1200 lines daily typing specialty letters only. Unfortunately, can't utilize macros or templates very much on this account.

Jealous of those who can do more lines - but good for them!
QA and line count

Are they giving you top rate of pay?  I only proof for them (even my own reports) if I am getting paid for it.  If everyone does this they are crazy because you are either typing or proofing if you are having to fulfill a high line count because to do both is close to impossible or, if you do that you for a low rate you are cheating yourselves and someone else is taking advantage of you.  If you are making top rate of pay (which means if you are qualified,  no one else has to proof because the report is in finished form and is 99% correct and it had better be correct and as close to perfect as is humanly possible.  To me, this is best and it does not compromise quality over quantity and makes us accountable for our own work.  If there are newer people doing the reports who are more apt to leave blanks, or make mistakes or typos, then the pay should reflect that because someone has to go through all the reports and put them in finished form.  If we all "give ourselves away" they will keep taking and taking and we will keep giving and giving until we burn out.  So, if they have you on a high line count and line pay then they need to proof your reports and all they can expect from you is a quick "eyeballing" of the reports, a spellcheck, a check of the demographics to make sure it is the right patient and doctor and that it is in the proper template and form.  That is all they can expect. If that is not happening you need to let them know that this is not acceptable and they need to face the music.  

Line count / pay

I was reading the posts about line counts.  I am relatively new at this and still trying to gain speed.  With all the varying line counts (600 - 3000 per day) people mentioned, I am wondering what your earnings are.  - If I type 850 in a shift, I am barely above minimum wage and nowhere near enough to live on.

I am also wondering what the average number of reports for those line counts would be.  I know they vary in length, etc. and are different from day to day, but a rough average would be helpful.

I am trying to see where I am in the scheme of things and where I need to be to survive.  Often when I think I am really cranking, my line count turns out lower than days I feel I spent lots of time looking things up, etc.  This is also very frustrating.


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What is the line count at Spheris?
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Same boat with you.....keep trying to use expanders....but can't remember them half the time....
Line count
I'm a new MT and am confused about how lines are counted.  When it says spaces included what exactly does that mean?  Blank lines throughout the document or lines that are not fully 65 characters? 
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In my company, this is the formula that tells me to the exact number the lines I've produced:  Go to CTRL I and multiply the line count you see by 0.87.  It works!
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I use SlyCount. It is great.  I was an IC and it worked great.  You tell it what you want it to count, bold, etc. how much each Dr. charges, etc.


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From my experience, I did clinics for five years and then went to acute care, let me tell you I never thought I would make line count.  It was so hard.  I use to type so fast doing the clinic notes but when I did the acute care, I was always looking stuff up and the OP notes, wow those were really taking away from my line count.  I cried everyday thinking I will never get to 1200.  How does one do it? However, I started at about 500 and each week I would go up 50-100.  After about 3-4 months, I finally made it to 1200 but I never took a lunch break or even a bathroom break sometimes.  It takes a while to learn a new dictator and here I had learned about 45 new Docs at this hospital.  It was very frustrating and I just kept telling myself I could do it.  There was a blind woman that worked with us and I thought if she could do it and being blind at that, then I was going to do it also.  You have to give yourself time to learn.  I was hired with them knowing I had not one bit of acute experience so they were just going to have to deal with it.  They pushed and complained all the time because I did not meet the line count, but I kept telling me that you knew when you hired me that I did not have the experience and that I was doing to best I could and that is all one can do. 





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I worked as an IC for 5 years. I was paid 12 cents a line, but that was their price.  I had to pick up tapes and print.  I also did two accounts, one I charged 10 cents because the girl that had the account before me charged them that.  I did tell them I was raising it to 11 cents and it was fine with them.  I lost the account though because the Doc was hired by the hospital and he had to use their transcriptionist, as they were a union.  You have to factor in if you are picking up tapes and printing or doing digital, you can charge a little less as there is no printing and gas involved.  You can write the gas mileage off though at the end of the year when counting in all your expenses. You also have to factor in that you are paying you share of SS tax. I lived in WV, a smaller city, so if you live in a big city you could charge more.  This is more of a smaller community.  Anything is better than 8-9 cents what the MTSO(national companies) pays that is why I am going back to medical billing. 


This business is the most inconsistent and unpredictable job that I have done.  I need security and this is not where it is.  I had my own accounts for 5 years and lost all of them to either India, Docs being hired by hospitals and being laid off at a major hospital or Docs moving out of the area.  You never know when you wake up if you have work or not.  I cannot depend on that any longer.