In this week’s issue we
1.. Medical Transcription Networking
2. Charging by the line or the hour?
3. Lab terms
4. Actual medical notes (this week’s laugh).
5. Recipe of the Week
MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION NETWORKING
I know some of you have been a little nervous
about branching out on your own, and one
that keeps coming up is that you don’t know
what to do if you get stuck trying to
dictation and you’re on your own.
If you can, find a friend who does medical
transcription too. Perhaps someone at
or through the home study, so you will have a
transcription buddy. You can always play the
work over the phone to your friend and figure
out what you might be stuck on. Until you
more experience this is a useful way to go.
If there is something you cannot understand,
make sure to leave a sticky note on the
and a blank line where the word should go so
can be filled in once the physician tells you
what it should be.
Try not to put up with sloppy dictation. I
have. If the physician is really bad at
let them know it. It does take a while to
to a new voice, regardless how good they
but if it looks like the account you have is
going to change, and the dictation is awful,
drop the account. It’s not worth wasting
on. You are providing a service and are getting
line, most likely, and extra time taken up
figure out bad dication is not a good thing.
So, be polite but firm about what kind of
you will do. If you are getting a new
how the first couple of tapes go, or digital
whichever method you use, and then go from
CHARGING BY THE LINE OR THE HOUR?
Several of you have written to me about rates
charging by the hour. Unless you absolutely
do NOT charge by the hour. You will be
by the line. The reason for this is people
not want to pay you $30.00 an hour, and this
average hourly wage for transcriptionists at
It is better that most physicians do not know
12 or 13 cents a line equates to in hours…
Now, if you don’t use the knowledge I gave
the book, and you are typing each and every
yourself, you won’t make more than about
hour. So do yourself a favor, put in some
time, and set up your system so you can make
big money. It is worth it in the long run.
Lab terms can be confusing, so invest in a
book when it comes to these. I recommend
by Stedman’s. It doesn’t have to be the most
up to date, so check out the online auctions,
as Ebay. For instance:
(Notice the upper and lower case usage. Get a
so you don’t slip up and make a mistake.)
Medical Chart Notes (Laugh for the Week).
Patient has two teenage
children, but no other
Patient has chest pain if
she lies on her
left side for over a year.
On the second day, the knee
was better, and
then on the third day it disappeared.
The patient is tearful and
She also appears to be depressed.
The patient has been
depressed since she began
seeing me in 1993.
Discharge status: Alive, but
69-year old male,
mentally alert but forgetful.
The patient refused autopsy.
The patient has no previous
history of suicides.
Patient has left white blood
cells at another
Patient's medical history
has been remarkably
insignificant with only a 40-pound weight gain
in the last three days.
Patient had waffles for
breakfast and anorexia
Between you and me, we ought
to be able to get
this lady pregnant.
She is numb from her toes
While in ER, she was
examined, x-rated and sent home.
The skin was moist and dry.
Patient was alert and
She stated that she had been
constipated for most
of her life until she got a divorce.
Rectal examination revealed
a normal-size thyroid.
I saw your patient today,
who is still under our
car for physical therapy.
The lab test indicated
abnormal lover function.
The patient was to have a
bowel resection. However,
he took a job as a stockbroker instead.
Skin: somewhat pale but
The pelvic exam will be done
later on the floor.
Patient was seen in
consultation by Dr. Green who
felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
Large brown stool ambulating
in the hall.
She has no rigors or shaking
chills, but her
husband states she was hot in bed last night.
Patient was found in bed
with her power mower.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
This is my mother-in-law’s recipe
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef, browned
2 15 oz cans of Hunt’s Special Tomato Sauce
(simmer for 15 minutes)
6 lasagna noodles, cooked
12 oz mozzarella cheese
12 oz cottage cheese mixed with 2 eggs
Parmesan cheese (sprinkle on top)
Layer – Little sauce, noodles, sauce, cottage
cheese, mozzarella cheese. Make 2 layers.
Bake until brown and bubbly at 350 degrees
about 30 minutes.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s issue.
Have a safe and happy
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