CHATology – medical transcription discussion forum

Update: Aug 16th, 2012
  1. abby
    Aug 22nd, 2012 at 05:58
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    I use your site sometimes for references and I read a lot of the comments. When other MT’s wrote about being laid off and outsourced I felt bad but my boss had said so many times it wouldn’t happen to us that I stupidly believed her. Today I got noticed that our hospital would be closing their transcription department at the end of the week (2 days!) and I was out of a job. The company taking over didn’t even offer me a contractor position. So now I’m wondering what I’m going to do.

  2. sandy
    Aug 25th, 2012 at 02:54
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    Abby – You might be lucky the company that took over didn’t offer you a job because at least you’re eligible for unemployment. When I got laid off I did get offered a position with the new company and found out that if I refused it the hospital would contest an unemployment claim. I took the job but quit a month later when I found out how much their per-line pay rates equaled per hour.

  3. Jay
    Sep 8th, 2012 at 08:10
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    I got outsourced in April and was offered a job with new company but the per/line pay was so low I refused it. I lost my unemployment case because of refusing the new job. I read your article on this website about text writing and checked into textbroker. I really wanted to thank you for the tip. I’ve been doing articles for texbroker for 3 months now and by my calculations have made more than I would have made at M-Modal.

    • admin
      Oct 17th, 2012 at 15:35
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      Jay- I’ve been doing a lot of writing for textbroker too.
      For everybody else out there textbroker.com has thousands of open assignments and the pay is comparable to our per-ine rates.

  4. sharon stevens
    Oct 16th, 2012 at 13:36
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    I too am facing lay off. In Canada. M*Modal is going to be doing the job of 130 of us gals… so we don’t know when we are getting the axe, we just know we will How do the american companies pay??? Is it a good job to do it at home or should I just let it go and get something totally different..

  5. admin
    Oct 17th, 2012 at 15:34
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    Sandy is right about compromising unemployment benefits by refusing any job that’s offered. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find another staf position. The only advice I can give you about per-line pay is to try increasing your speed by using some tricks like autotext and autocorrrect.

  6. Dennis
    Nov 10th, 2012 at 10:06
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    I have a question??? How an these transcription schools con you with promises of making $40,000/year when the true pay is so low. I feel like I wasted $2500 for a worthless course!

  7. Ex-MT
    Nov 10th, 2012 at 21:28
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    I love medical transcription and have been doing it for almost 20 years. I started working from home about 3 years ago after I was outsourced like everybody is talking about. I don’t mind working from home but I really couldn’t survive on the per-line rate I was getting. I went to technical school for medical assisting and graduated just last month from a 6-week course. I already have a job and am making more than I have for years. Medical transcription is dead and nobody should choose it as a career.

  8. Natasha
    Nov 11th, 2012 at 11:07
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    Does anybody out there work for M Modal? I just applied with them and am hoping to get hired.

  9. Angie
    Nov 11th, 2012 at 15:45

    When I got laid off from my transcription job I was told that if I didn’t accept the job the new company offered me I wouldn’t be able to get unemployment. Then I couldn’t pass the test for the new company and I didn’t get unemployment anyway. I think getting offered a replacement job is a scam.

  10. Corey
    Nov 12th, 2012 at 14:26

    Is anyone else getting overrun with VR editing?

  11. Jackie Jones
    Nov 12th, 2012 at 16:33

    Voice recognition is making it hard for a lot of MT’s to make a living. I think VR editing is harder than straight transcription and it pays less than half. What scares me most is that some doctors aren’t even paying for editing and are letting the notes got into charts with multiple errors.

  12. Tori
    Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:11

    I also stupidly believed my boss that there were no plans to outsource our transcription department – right up until I got laid off. I didn’t take the job I got offered with the company that took over transcription because I thought the pay was too low. I’ve been looking for work for 7 months now with no luck. Any suggestions?

  13. MT2012
    Nov 15th, 2012 at 22:04

    I’ve been outsourced now for about a year, and I have to say something. I cannot believe how EXPLOITED medical transcriptionist are. I understand that it’s my choice to work for 4 and 8 cpl, blah, blah, blah, BUT, whatever happened to paying people what they are worth? Doctors depend on the MTs being accurate in their transcription, which is evident by the way they very RARELY if EVER read their reports before electronically signing them. The MT profession has become a HUGE MESS. There must be a shortage of MTs – it seems that these transcription companies are hiring just about ANYONE these days who even professes a faint liking of typing. And don’t even get me started on outsourcing work overseas. This has very disastrous and dire consequences to it.

    I laugh every time I read an e-mail from the supervisor of my accounts when they say “read and re-read over your work before sending it off.” At 4cpl, who has time to? They act like it’s a foreign concept: NO ONE IS GOING TO RE-READ THEIR WORK FOR 4CPL – EVER – plain and simple. People have mouths to feed and bills to pay and a roof to keep over their heads – nothing is going to slow them down.

    And, I have to say – The hospital I used to work for is allegedly a “Christian’ hospital. Well, so much for the “Christian ethic.” Outsourcing staff and then proclaiming that you are a “Christian”-based hospital to me is blasphemy against God, and it makes me sick. Shame on you!

    I am telling EVERYONE I talk to – GET A COPY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS AND CHECK THEM OVER. 9 times out of 10 there WILL be incorrect data in them.

  14. Jeanette
    Dec 5th, 2012 at 07:56

    Last night I typed my last report! Today I start at Wal-Mart. I never thought I would be working in an entry-level position at my age but I’m glad to have a job that pays $9/hour. I’m working 26 hours a week and will be taking home around the same pay as when I was waiting around all day for transcription files!!!

  15. Panicking
    Dec 5th, 2012 at 21:11

    I wonder how these schools get away with promising people high pay and steady work as a transcriptionist. I feel like I wasted the 3000 I paid for the course because the job offers I’m getting are ridiculous.

  16. Looking too long
    Dec 9th, 2012 at 14:42

    I’ve been reading the stories about outsourcing and can surely sympathisize. I got laid off last year after 12 years of hospital transcription. I stupidly refused the job offer from the company that took over transcription because I thought I could get another hospital job (I live in the city) but I’m still looking for work. I’m starting to wonder if anybody is hiring in-house?

  17. Jill
    Dec 15th, 2012 at 20:52

    My friend told me that she’s been working with an EMR system that uses transcriptionists. Do you think that idea will catch on?

  18. scrooge
    Dec 21st, 2012 at 12:22

    The 1 thing I hate about the holidays is that the doctors cut their hours and work is so SLOW.

  19. To all medical transcriptionists
    Jan 23rd, 2013 at 18:20

    I was an MT for over 10 years when the clinic outsourced transcription and then spent another 4 years working for the company that took over. I watched my yearly earnings decline steadily while as an independent contractor I was responsible for paying my own income taxes. Last year I got good and tired and started applying for jobs. It turns out that with my MT and computer experience I got a job as a unit secretary in the hospital almost right away. I’m now making a decent wage and actually have benefits. Also no self-employment taxes and filing my return will be easy this year. I’m passing this on to help other frustrated transcriptionists who aren’t being paid what they’re worth.

  20. Peggy
    Jan 24th, 2013 at 00:00

    I find that lately I spend more time waiting around for files than I do actually transcribing them. I spend so many hours stuck by the computer that it works out to way more than minimum wage for my time. Does anybody else have this problem with transcription?

  21. Renee
    Jan 24th, 2013 at 06:27

    Does anyone out there know any companies that are hiring at-home transcriptionists?

  22. unemployed
    Mar 21st, 2013 at 07:30

    Can you stand another layoff story? My boss promised up to the minute I was fired that our clinic had no intention of outsourcing. The company that took over offered me a job but the wages were a joke. If I don’t accept I can’t get unemployment. What a racket!

  23. ex-mmodal employee
    Apr 11th, 2013 at 19:06

    M-modal employees beware. Massive layoffs in the works.

  24. mmodal?
    Apr 30th, 2013 at 08:00

    is mmodal outsourcing their American employees?

  25. pissed off
    Apr 30th, 2013 at 14:25

    I work for mmodal and have to rant. I got transferred from my usual account because “a big new one was coming in” but all I got out of the deal was a 3/4 cut in my workload. mmodal are liars!

  26. G
    May 6th, 2013 at 15:44

    Is anyone else at mmodal having their accounts switched around? and losing work??

  27. admin
    May 14th, 2013 at 13:56

    Hi Lori,

    I found you from your website. I have been looking into signing up for the medical transcription/editing course Career Step offers. I am currently pregnant, expecting my first child this August and wanted to find a career that I can do from home so I can stay at home with my baby and not have to pay for daycare. The more I look into this the more nervous I am getting to be able to find a job after I graduate. I am reading more and more that the at home need is decreasing and most places are outsourcing and using voice recognition software. When I called Career Step they informed me about the editing portion as those reports still create errors and need to be edited so the editing portion would make me more marketable. What advice do you have? Is this a smart move to still pursue this career? Thanks for your help,

    Answer:
    Medical transcription is a field that allows for at-home employment and flexible hours. Unfortunately as technology has advanced the demand/pay for medical transcriptionists has steadily declined over the past 5-10 years. A lot of doctors and transcription companies have switched to voice recognition software, which eliminates the need for an actual person to convert dictation into typed format. Because medical terminology is complicated and computers can’t be programmed to understand every accent these computer generated reports are bound to contain errors, some of which could adversely affect patients, so transcription editors are going to be necessary. However, the pay for editing is even lower than transcribing, I think somewhere around 3 cents/line. Employment opportunities are still out there if you are willing to trade decent pay for the ability to work from home.

  28. admin
    May 14th, 2013 at 13:57

    Hello Lori, just read your informative input. I am just starting as a MT although I have done court reporting for years this is still a different.

    My question is: Do you know if there a medical transcription dictionary online that one can plug into when trying to decipher what the MD is saying or referring to?

    Thanks very much.

    Answer:
    If you use Google as your search engine you only have to type in a few characters of the word and Google Suggest will fill in the rest. I find this is the fastest way to figure out what the doctor is saying.

  29. Angiegirl
    Jun 3rd, 2013 at 19:42

    I posted a comment on your site a month ago and it never showed up on chat. how come?

  30. Ciindy C.
    Jun 5th, 2013 at 01:02

    I wanted to take the time to express my thanks to you. I was an MT for over 10 years and found your site a couple of years ago. When I read your articles about in-house MT’s being laid off and wages going down the drain I took a couple of courses at the hospital I work for. I took the cardiac monitor tech course and EKG interpretation course. With my MT experience and those courses I was able to get a job as a unit secretary on the telemetry unit and transferred from the transcription department a month before it was shut down. I’m actually making more than I was as a MT. I can’t thank you enough for your advice!

  31. stephanie
    Jun 5th, 2013 at 12:35

    Thanks for the tip about text writing. I took your advice and signed up with textbroker.com and have been doing quite well.

  32. Question
    Jun 9th, 2013 at 21:25

    With all the changes going on in the field are you still working as an MT?

    • admin
      Nov 30th, 2013 at 14:26

      I’m glad you asked. I’m actually taking my own advice and am in school studying for a paralegal degree, which I think pairs well with my medical knowledge.

  33. Shanna
    Jun 10th, 2013 at 08:12

    I want to thank you for giving an honest opinion to people thinking about becoming a medical transcriptionist. I spent a lot of time researching for a career change and thought MT might be the way to go because the course could be completed in a fairly short time and it would be great working from home. That was 6 months ago and I was just about to sign up for a 2-year course at my community college. After reading the posts on your site I started having 2nd thoughts and then I wrote you an email about my concerns. You told me that the pay only worked out for people that needed to work home for some other reason and that in-house MT jobs were becoming scarce. I just finished my first semester of nursing school and I couldn’t thank you more for your good advice!!

  34. Linda Jones
    Aug 7th, 2013 at 18:33

    I agree that medical transcriptionists will become obsolete unless we do something to save our industry. Can computers be trusted to put out accurate medical records with all the extenuating circumstances we transcriptionists have to deal with? Transcriptionists are trained to correct obvious errors and question potential mistakes. I read recently that a patient actually died because of a computer-generated report that contained a medication error. A well trained transcriptionist would definitely have picked up on the mistake. It’s stories like these that need to be used to keep our jobs. Because there is power in numbers MT’s need to band together to shed light on the potential dangers with outsourcing transcription to computer programs and overseas.

    • admin
      Nov 30th, 2013 at 14:23

      I couldn’t agree more.

  35. kudos
    Aug 22nd, 2013 at 14:05

    I’m a long-time MT and really like your site. Keep up the good work.

  36. trans tech
    Sep 10th, 2013 at 07:22

    Has anyone worked for TransTech Transcription?

  37. new to site and transcription
    Sep 23rd, 2013 at 14:32

    Hello fellow transcriptionists! I just got my certificate and am working as an independent contractor. I’m thrilled to be working from home. I had a baby 6 months ago and not having to worry about daycare is great. I have a 24-hour turn-around time so I can type while she’s sleeping. The pay isn’t great but the fringe benefits are wonderful.

  38. I’m over it!!
    Oct 6th, 2013 at 13:11

    I’ve owned a successful transcription agency for over 20 years and have been following your site. I started noticing your posts about technology forcing MT’s out of work and at first kind of resented what you were saying – until I started losing accounts. There were doctors I had worked with for years calling to say they were switching to VR (no hard feelings right?). Eventually I decided it was time to retire. All these years I thought my business would be my retirement nest egg. Turns out there’s really nothing left to sell. I’ve got 2 accounts left and I’ll keep them just to supplement my social security.

  39. Nervous
    Oct 11th, 2013 at 21:46

    I’m a MT in a small hospital and have worked with the same 3 people for over 20 years. There are 7 full-time employees in the department but only us 4 have been around long term. They’re not only my coworkers but also good friends. We worry all the time about getting outsourced even though administration assures we won’t.

  40. i’m still hopeful about transcription
    Oct 16th, 2013 at 14:36

    My husband and I are both MT’s and have been transcribing for the same group of 4 doctors for almost 8 years. We love the benefits of working from home.

  41. another crappy night
    Oct 21st, 2013 at 01:08

    I just spent 4 hours waiting on 20 files (which I split with the other 2 MT’s working tonight) while my family ate dinner and watched a movie. I think I made around $10.

  42. wtf?
    Oct 24th, 2013 at 15:24

    I wondering how Mmodal thinks people can support themselves (let alone a family) on the amount they pay???

  43. back in school
    Oct 29th, 2013 at 16:33

    I agree with the site that the field of medical transcription is on it’s way out. with all the changes in health care there is no way the cost of having an actual person transcribing dictation will be justified. I always regretted that I got a 2-year degree for medical transcription when I found out people with online courses were making the same as I was. I’m actually thankful I had to take those anatomy, medical terminology, etc. courses. Almost all of them count towards a nursing degree. I’m back in school and finally looking forward to the future.

  44. sometimes miss commuting
    Oct 31st, 2013 at 15:37

    Sometimes I really hate working at home. I remember when I was working at an office Halloween was really festive. Everyone would dress up, etc. Now it’s just another boring day in front of the computer.

  45. kelly
    Nov 2nd, 2013 at 16:47

    I just need to vent!!! How can these companies classify workers as independent contractors and then control them so much? My boss just made us download software that monitors the amount of time I’m away from the computer and then she emails to ask what I’m doing if I’m not typing for more than 10 minutes. I thought the beauty of being “independent” was flexibility.

  46. miranda j
    Nov 5th, 2013 at 12:07

    Thanks for posting the career step seminar. I appreciated the info.

  47. JennaMartin
    Nov 5th, 2013 at 19:37

    Love the site. Keep up the good work.

  48. thanks SO much
    Nov 7th, 2013 at 11:20

    I’ve been a fan of your site for a while and have read all of your articles. When I read the one about the future of transcription being outsourced MT’s working from home I started fixing up a corner of my basement into an office and upgraded my internet service. I had barely got it done when the clinic I worked for laid me off. I got a job much faster than the other girls from the clinic because I applied to VR editing jobs (another tip I got from your article.) I’m making a lot less than I did at the clinic but getting used to the tighter budget. Last week while everyone on my block was snowed in I was working away since my accounts are in California. So anyway I owe for getting me prepared for what I guess is the inevitable.

    • admin
      Nov 30th, 2013 at 14:22

      You made my day – thanks.

  49. ?????
    Nov 16th, 2013 at 12:07

    I posted a comment last month and again this week but neither one has shown up?

    • admin
      Nov 30th, 2013 at 14:21

      I apologize. I have been getting so much spam that Chatology is the only page open for comments at this time. But every time I check comments there are literally thousands of spam comments. The best way to get something in front of me is to email lori@transcriptionology.com.

  50. Donna G
    Nov 20th, 2013 at 21:17

    I just wanted to offer a few words of encouragement to my fellow MT’s. I hate seeing all the posts about people losing their jobs and getting discouraged. There ARE doctors out there who value accurate medical records and are willing to pay a competent transcriptionist to make sure they are. I’ve been with the same physician group for over 10 years and LOVE my job.

    • admin
      Nov 30th, 2013 at 14:19

      Thanks from all MT’s.

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