Another Outsourcing Story
by: laura naumann
october 14, 2011
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I cited an article about Whidbey Hospital laying off their entire MT staff and outsourcing their transcription to Webmdx. The affected employees were offered positions with Webmdx but one in particular was quite upset about the prospect of transitioning from an hourly employee at the hospital to a contracted transcriptionist and per/line compensation.
In the current economic climate most major industries are instituting financial cutbacks and hospitals are no exception. With Whidbey’s claim that outsourcing transcription services would save approximately $300,000 per year my prediction was that other hospitals would be announcing similar moves.
As if on cue Hospital Sisters Health System this week announced reorganization plans that included transcription outsourcing to Transcend. Hospital Sisters runs a network of thirteen hospitals and employed thirty transcriptionists. The displaced transcriptionists were offered jobs with Transcend but like those involved in Whidbey’s outsourcing they will be trading hourly wages for production-based compensation.
This is just another indicator that in-house medical transcription may be a thing of the past. Future MT’s will enjoy home-based transcription employment and their wages will be entirely dependent on production. It becomes even more important to implement the timesaving transcription tips and transcription advice featured in PRODUCTIONology.
NOTE: Since I posted this page I have read a bunch more articles about outsourcing. As a word of warning to those still employed as in-house transctiptionists it seems it’s only a matter of time before you will need that home office.
June 1, 2012- The outsourcing stories continue to show up in Google News on almost a daily basis. Those working as in-house medical transcriptionists need to prepare for the inevitable pink slip. The latest transcription outsourcing story ran yesterday and was in regard to Feather River Hospital in California.
update – As of today I’ve seen dozens more outsourcing stories.