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who pays attention to those initials anyway?

Posted By: I thought the report is docs responsibility. on 2006-06-29

But I still know what you mean.  I sometimes type things that I don't agree with.  But his opinions, his take, I am just the MT. 

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I wonder how much attention HappyMomMT pays to her kids...
while she writing dissertations on this board?  Sheesh, I've never seen such verbose postings in all my life.  I for one don't have that kind of time, I have children to pay attention to.
VR pays half of what typing pays...
If you would read her post more closely she said she does VR, which pays half of what straight typing does.  I do VR and have made 4 cpl, so 5 is actually good and 4-5 is an industry standard, and may be even less if you are an employee.  The problem is that you have to double your line counts in order to make decent money, which is not always easy.  I embrace VR because I like it better than straight typing, but it is not productive for everyone, no matter how hard you try.
J is one of her initials
Someone else using my initials

I'll try to make this as brief as possible.  I starting doing IC transcription for a medical office with six physicians.  One physician was using a company in the state that outsourced work and continued to do so.  The work was uploaded via voice files, etc.  I was paid to proof and print that dictation for that particular physician.  Well, their work was extremely inaccurate and the OM decided to no longer use their service.  She informed them of such and told them that I would be doing this particular doc's dictation from now on.  I was told today by the OM that there were four final dictations from that group to print out.  Upon going to the web site and downloading the four dictations, I noticed that MY initials were being used as having transcribed the dictation.  They were called and asked if they had a Transcriptionist with my initials - to which they replied they didn't.  THe work is horrible and I would never return dictation with so many errors and such "broken" language.  I don't think I'm being paranoid in thinking this group used my initials to make it appear that such inaccurate work was my work.  Were I the not the one printing the work, I probably would never have known this and the doctor would have read it, noticed my initials and stroked out thinking he had gone from worse to pathetically worse. 

How would you handle this?  Granted, the office isn't using them now, but I'm outraged and I think something needs to be done.  Thanks.


Don't let this be a problem for you.  Change your initials ASAP.  Change them to 3 characters (at least because that decreases the odds of identical initials), and make sure those 3 characters are WEIRD  and UNIQUE, such as QPZ or XBJ, or something like that.  As long as your own supervisor knows who you are and what initials you use, you do not need to worry about "fooling" anyone, as long as you use those initials consistently and do not change them around.  Don't let anyone challenge you on it.  Just say, "Those are my initials," and leave it at that.  You do not owe anyone an explanation (other than your supervisor).  Doctors could care less.  

Then, if the outsourcing individuals do copy your initials, you know that somethin' funny's goin' awn .... they are, in effect, stealing your transcription identity.  So, don't dwell on what to do -- just CHANGE your initials and plow forward.  Good luck to you!

no, different initials- KP--- nm
Since I do not wish to publish names and point a finger - I know the MTSO I work for had to fire two editors. One was caught working for two MTSOs concurrently and atleast for my employer claimed to produce the work which is humanly not possible. The second one simply did not work but turned in $3,600 paycheck request anyway. Work yes but freebee no.
Just so you know. If you use your initials NM
to post on message boards, it is the abbreviation for No Message. Meaning everything said is in the subject line. So you might miss a lot of readers by putting NM. We're all programmed to skip on by....
NM are my initials -



Initials NM
Someone posted on one of the boards that NM were their initials. She can't very well change her name.
where was this, initials only sm
We need to know enough to stay away, some of these people are plain nuts.
Can you tell us who this is or give us the initials? nm
I use my own initials whenever I post. This seems to
be out of hand, sorry I snapped but felt like you were attacking me for asking a question. I get enough abuse at home, don't need it from strangers too !!!
and aa and jb are my full initials so no need to qa it
Someone is also using KS on this page as their initials.
can you give the initials of this co
so we can be forewarned please. Realize this does go on and don't want to work for any place that does this to MTs.
I think the initials of that company might have a MQ in them.
I had the same experience. Once I finally got a computer and finished training, my one contact was out of town for a week at a seminar for supervisors. I totally fell through the cracks.
Is the owner's initials AM? sm

If so, her rudness ran me away

Can you give us a clue? Initials?
Glad they are gone! Can you tweak your initials to something else
She was from Texas. May be the same person. Initials BF?
I was scammed by someone on this board with the initials K.P. `sm`

I purchased a c-phone from someone named Kristen in Oklahoma.  She gave me a similar story.  First she mailed it, then she lost the receipt for the post office, then her grandmother died, then her daughter had cancer and then her husband left her.  I paid her $225.  My computer crashed and I had to buy a  new one so I lost some of the information regarding this but my old computer is now fixed and I have most of the emails that she sent me and that I sent her.  I also have my copy of my priority mail slip and money order that I sent her.   Besides scamming people out of money, isn't she doing something illegal because she is using the U.S. mail to do it?   I was going to just let it go but now reading these posts that she is still doing it and that she is such a liar and crook, it makes me want to pursue it especially when I work my butt off for my money. 

Who cares, we all have the same initials at one time or another. nm
Sorry about the NM-forget to change my initials
When I was an IC, I just used my initials like this: "XXX Transcriptions, Inc"

NM means "no message," so why are you looking? 

I put the other MTs initials with min when combining reports. nm

THANK YOU! That is my point. She still pays taxes, her DH still pays taxes...

so who exactly is getting cheated?  And just who are you talking about when you talk about whether it is "fair" or not.  I don't give a crap how much taxes my neighbor pays.  It's none of my business.  And if I found out they were paying less in taxes than me, I would ask them how they heck are they doing it so I can do it too!

I just want ask, is it necessary to get personal and insult?  You disagree with me, fine.  But I've been called a liar, a cheat, a no-ingetrity thief, my intelligence has been insulted, and I have had my parenting skills questioned.  That is a little over the top.  If you cannot debate an issue without resulting to personal attacks, then YOU are the stunted one!

It is a very good thing that some of you work at home, ALONE!  You are sorely lacking in people skills and diplomacy.  Let me guess, when you worked in the office you were one of those girls who didn't like to share her desk, griped if someone dropped a crumb on your desk, and kept track of everyone's breaks, lunches, and line counts just so you could tattle to the supervisor!  I've worked women like you, it was like working with kindergarteners.  That's why I came home to work.  Do us all a favor, looking in the mirror, count your wrinkles, and realize that this isn't high school anymore!

It sort of surprises me when we get in an uproar about our initials
on a document when we think we are so right, but are not as concerned when QA  fixes it when we were wrong and sent it in with our initials.  I would just worry about doing the best you can and let the rest take care of itself. ((hugs))
Don't waste your time, with your experience, you don't need those initials (nm)


Can you give the initials of this company? Sure don't want to apply here! Feel bad for you. nm
Hey, no problem. I didn't post a name or initials, so you probably wouldn't have known it was
pay attention
I think you got confused, I did not call you or anyone else a fool.


This would definitely get his attention!
Sorry I didn't try the frying pan thing FIRST!!! Will keep this in mind....for the next go 'round....
Like I said.......looking for attention....
Well, if I do a co-workers report and my boss sees my initials, I'm fired.
Can you post initials of company you work for? I'd hate to go thru all those docs. Thx. nm
You pay 100% attention to work while SM
you are working and get someone to care for the baby while you are working.  Same when it gets bigger.
Pay attention to the above post...sm
This lady knows what she is talking about....not that the others don't. When you allow the Lord to have reign over your life and let Him love you, things do turn around in ways we could never imagine in our own right. I wish I had realized this 8 years ago, but sadly I did not.

I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
And if you pay attention to all of her postings
I should have paid attention,,,,

I got approached about possibly doing the transcription for a local doctor office - 4 doctors.  I have DSS player and they have used DSS system before, but how would I get the files from their computer to my computer.  Could they load them into a folder and then winzip them and sent to me? Is there an easier way?

I know this was discussed before. I had no idea then I might get this opportunity, so I didnt pay much attention to the post. 

Back in the 1980s there was a doctor in California who used to start each dictation with the command, "ATTENTION TYPIST."  He was a real peach.  He had no friends in the transcription department, I can assure you.  Later on, when I graduated from college and was an RN he had the gall to call up the nursing station and demand that one of us "girls" get over across the street to his office as one of the patients we had cared for in the hospital the previous week had gone over to his office for an "office visit" (that was because he was so pompous that he did not wish to see that poor patient in the hospital). The patient while in his office  "defecated" on his carpet and he felt that was our "job" to clean up after incontinent patients even if they were in HIS office.   I swear this is true.  We told him he should call a cleaning service.  He blew a gasket.   I guess it could have been worse if we had the Chimpanzee guy.  I think I would have knocked him in the head after I sued him for harassment.  I saw down further where someone hoped he was a now a patient.  Me too and I hope he is constipated and no one gives him a stool softener.  I hope when he rides in the ambulance from the acute care to the rest home that he overhears the ambulance attendants refer to their call as a "lizard run."  I hope someone puts cornflakes in his bed.  I can't stand pomposity!  I hope he is roommates with "Attention Typist" - they might actually understand each other.   
Attention Administrator

When everything hit the boards a few days back, you (well, whoever is running the board these days) stated that if anyone had a problem and wanted to leave this board, send a message and write "unsubscribe" in the message line.

I did that and just did a test post to see if you unscribed my email address.

You haven't.

I think everyone here is watching your actions and I expect you to unscribe me. I am posting this in public as you failed to respond to a private email.

Attention Moderator
Kindly delete any of my posts that you feel the urge to edit.  I would rather you delete than skew the content and purpose of my communication caused by your editing.  Of course, it is not necessary for me to participate on these forums at all.
hang in there, pay attention
Just hang in there.  Pay special attention to every report, especially the errors you have done in the past, and follow your account specifics exactly (keep a copy next to you)  Practice makes perfect. 
Someone called it to my attention
that I should use the term offshoring instead of outsourcing. We use the word outsourcing at my hospital so this didn't even occur to me. So just wanted to address this:) thanks again!
People, please pay attention. This isn't just one person
that had a personalty conflict of whatever.  Everyday there is someone else with a valid issue. 
no problems. you must learn to pay attention as you go along. once is enough.
btw, if it is a very difficult person to do i will listen twice in the course of transcription and then flag it for QA.
sounds like he needs attention and is afraid

Good for you. That's really all we can do is call their attention to it.
I posted this to get the administrator's attention
Thank you.