In This Month's Issue We Have:
1. This month's ramblings...
2. Transcription Talk
3. Your Very Own WebSite -
Great Deal and Discount Prices
4. My Latest Ebook -
Discount Price for You!
5. Medical Transcription Training - Latest News
6. Line Count and Invoice Program
7. Transcription Practice Tapes/WAV Files/Downloadable
8. Recommended Sites - Medical Billing -
9. Helping the Animals
10 . Joke of the Month
It's hard to believe it's October already, but it
is! I wish I could tell you something funny that's
happened to me, but I can't think of anything this month! I've
just been working hard and tied to the computer really.
My daughter Lois and I have been spending some time
together since she moved back from her six months in NYC.
She's living in Port St. Lucie, which is the next town to me.
I was so excited yesterday when she got her approval letter to go
into the nursing program! She will be going to IRSC, our local
college, which used to be IRCC, in the Spring of 2010. She has
taken classes there since she was about 13 years old via the dual
enrollment program, and then later she took lots of classes there
after she graduated high school. She's been working at
Seacoast Bank since she moved back, working at the Rivergate Plaza,
in her old job.
She moved to Maine for a while, when she was dating
a guy in the Navy, and after that she lived in Jacksonville, FL for
about two years, and went to college there. I'm so happy she's
back in Florida and close by. I can't believe she's 23 now!
She was about seven years old when I started my transcription
business! Of course I still "THINK" I am as young as I was
back then, but the realization of turning 44 last month didn't go
amiss! Oh who cares... I feel like a young person... some
days... There is a saying and I have to admit, I think it is
so true! "Youth is Wasted On The Young!"... I don't know who
said it, but it's true. I didn't appreciate my youth. I
thought it would never end! Well, I can safely say, "lesson
Oh yeah! I know what I wanted to show you!
I love cooking and baking, and I bought this wonderful cake mold
that makes a GIANT CUPCAKE! I really couldn't wait to
bake it. It's a silicone cake mold, and if it appeals to
anyone but me... here is where I got it:
Now, please be warned, that all the pretty cake
decorations they show you in their catalog are most likely totally
do-able by most people, but I really don't have a creative bone in
my body, - I'm a "wannabee cake designer", but I know my limits, and
I know my weaknesses. I know I'm crap at math. I'd never
be an accountant or a financial advisor...
Anyway, here was my giant cupcake! I'm sure
I'll get better with practice.
And here it is with some cupcakes around it.
I used a small piece of a Twizzler for the candle
wick, and M&Ms for the spots. Since I don't own fancy
cake-decorating equipment, I used my serrated bread knife to make
lines around the bottom part. (I know they're wonky.)
Anyway, I did enjoy making it.
Apart from that I've been transcribing, and also
working with my students and the medical transcription training
I've been quite busy working with my students and
grading tests and watching them advance in their training.
It's really been a dream come true for me. We have lots of
students in the program now, and it's really been so nice getting to
know them. It makes me feel great to make a difference in a
person's life. I always want to look back and know I made a
difference in life, and that I helped others.
Oh I just have to share this with you! This
lady is an excellent artist. She does the most gorgeous
portraits! As a lot of you will know, unless you are a newer
subscriber to my newsletter, I lost my companion and friend in July
2008. My wonderful dog, Mutley. Life is not the same
without him. I still cry and miss him.
Anyway, Debbie draws the most beautiful portraits,
and she is drawing me a copy of the picture below! I can't
wait to see it. This photo makes him look a little thin on the
back-end, but as you can see from his fat-rolls around his neck,
it's just the angle of the picture. Dr. Gil was on my ass for
over five years about putting him on a diet. Mutley weighed in
at 165 lbs. He was a TALL dog too though! He was like a
little pony!!! Anyway, he didn't die of anything fat or heart
related. I will probably never put a dog on a diet, it's just
not my way! He had a happy and very content and loving life.
He did live to 10 years old, which is just above average for a
Rottweiler. He was the most loving and docile dog I've ever
had. He wouldn't hurt a fly. My big baby...
Debbie can do portraits of all kinds. If you'd
like a portrait too, check out her site:
She does wonderful work!
Okay, let's get down to business!
There are many ways to send and receive your
dictation! Some doctors may ask about a call-in service,
others still use tapes and need pick up and delivery, others will
send you the work via encrypted email.
You may have heard of FTP services as well, and you
may well be confused about all the different platforms available,
and also wondering which will be most cost effective and best for
I'm going to try and breakdown how each works, and
the advantages and disadvantages for you. With all the
technology we have today, I cannot possibly describe to you all the
different ways to send and receive your work, but we'll talk about
the major ones so that you can have an understanding about what is
I personally prefer the most inexpensive way to send
and receive digital dictation, and that is FREE! But you have
to be prepared for your potential clients, and able to accommodate
their needs. I personally explain to them the $$$ savings by
doing it my way... :)
The most simple one, but more time consuming, and
one that is not my first preference, is micro-cassette tapes.
A lot of doctors still use tapes, especially doctors that are not in
a group practice or larger facility. You will need to pick up
the work and deliver the printed version back to the doctor.
In this situation, you want to be within local driving distance if
you depend on yourself to pick up and deliver work. I don't
mind this, so long as it's short distance. However, we get a
great tax break on mileage at 55 cents per mile, as of 2009.
This is a wonderful tax deduction.
Call-In Systems. There are a variety of
ways that these can work. Some call-in systems are very
expensive and cost a couple of thousand dollars upwards. These
are more suited to a transcriptionist with lots of accounts, who
either has employees and/or lots of subcontractors.
There are also call-in systems that cost around
$500.00, such as the one by Martel. This is a call-in system
via a phone line to a micro-cassette tape recorder. This
system is rather old-fashioned now, but it can still work for you.
Remember, tapes will never be as clear as digital dictation, but it
can be a way to offer your doctors a call-in system that you
yourself own, without the price tag.
http://www.martelelectronics.com/callndictate.htm - You have to
scroll down the page to read about it. They also have some
other interesting links, so spend a while on their site and check
out what they have to offer.
There are other call-in systems that are much
less expensive, but charge a monthly fee - You won't own the
equipment, but you'll have the technology.
*** TIP: You must be able to pass along
the costs of this type of system to the doctor, so you will probably
need to charge a doctor that wants a call-in system more than you
would charge a doctor that uses a simple digital recorder and email
For example, this site -
They have a monthly fee, and you can set your
doctors up to call in to this system, without you having to invest
in the equipment yourself.
There are MANY companies that offer this type of
service, so be sure to Google "call-in dictation systems" before
deciding. The prices and level of service can vary greatly!
The words FTP can totally confuse the hell
out of a lot of people, and suddenly all this
transcription/dictation stuff sounds weirder than ever. So I'm
going to take the scary factor out of it for you.
Some of these call-in services also offer to charge
you a monthly fee so you can login and download the dictation your
doctor has called in. They give you a login ID, and you find
your folder and download it. Just like when you download an
ebook, a software program etc. Yep, that's it... file transfer
protocol. A scary name that just means, "this is how we let
you download that dictation"...
Basically if you can point and click, you can
download the dictation from the FTP service. The FTP service
is basically holding the dictation on the server for you.
Some of the services will offer to email it to you
encrypted, if you don't want to access the site to download the
dictation, (FTP). So, if they email it to you, you would treat
it like any other attachment. You would save the .zip file to
your computer and unzip it, then open up the folder to see the
dictation you have received.
Once that is done, you can use your digital player,
such as Express Scribe, (highly recommended and FREE...) or
you can try other digital players, such as Gearplayer or Winscribe.
They are all just digital players. You load the dictation into
the player, and put on your headset and use your foot pedal, (if you
need to have one), and you can open any program you want and type
the dictation. A lot of these players have a space where you
can type the dictation and even send back the dictation. I
personally don't like that because I use Word to type my dictation,
and I have lots of program short-cuts and productivity optimization
features within Word, and I don't want to give that up.
I recommend having your doctor use a hand-held
digital voice recorder, (remember those hand-held "tape" recorders,
well they are just like that), except it records to a memory card,
just like your digital camera stores photos, - to a memory card or
You can then insert the card into the USB port on a
computer, upload the dictation, (which is a fancy word for saving
the dictation to the computer), then they can send it to you via
To make sure you are protecting patient privacy, you
have the doctor install and use Centurion Software, which can be
www.centurionsoft.com, for about $50.00.
If you use Express Scribe, which is free from
http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/ and you use Centurion Email
Encryption Software, you have just found the most inexpensive way to
run your transcription business and have all the new technology and
benefits of digital dictation.
Another recommended site:
Hopefully that clears up some of the confusion
regarding dictation systems etc!
YOUR VERY OWN WEBSITE FOR MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
It's very important to have your own web presence
nowadays, whether you have a transcription business advertising for
new clients, or you are a medical transcriptionist looking for a
Most of you know that a resume
is usually only one page that does not tell your prospective
employer anything about your personality, lifestyle, other skills,
or any other information that might help sell yourself better to get
the job. But having a website address on that resume and
something that says, "to learn more about my skills and experience,
visit: www.mywebsite.com" can be a useful tool that will make you
stand out amongst others.
If you are a business owner,
it's crucial to your image that you have a website that physicians
can visit to learn more about your business. When you send out
account seeking letters, having your website address listed is a way
for the physician to learn more about your transcription service.
If you're not a web designer,
you probably will not be able to put together a website that looks
as professional as you'd like, and you probably don't have the time
to learn how to design web graphics and learn html. So, I've
come up with a solution for you!
My friend Leva who runs a
secretarial business, is also a web designer and she has agreed to
design websites for you at a
HUGE discounted price!
She usually charges over $1000.00 to design
websites. You can see her prices at
But for me, she has agreed to heavily discount her prices for my
newsletter subscribers and website visitors. She will design a
TEN page site for medical transcription business owners for only
$377.00. That's a really awesome deal!
yourself a business owner's website at the DISCOUNT RATE visit:
The bad thing is, she can only design ten a
month due to other work commitments, so you'll have to get in quick
if you want to have a site done soon.
For medical transcriptionists that want a
resume site, Leva has
that set up for you now. She will make you a six page site and
host it for you! You can learn more about it here:
MY LATEST EBOOK -
The Medical Transcriptionist's Guide To Getting A Work At Home
I know people worry about how to get a job as a new
medical transcriptionist. You hear about national companies
requiring 2-3 years' experience, and you might wonder how you'll
ever get hired. It makes you wonder how thousands of MTs got
their experience, doesn't it? If nobody will hire a new MT...
then how do you get a job?
There are many ways to get started in medical
transcription. I personally don't like the idea of working for
a national company; I'd rather have my own accounts and be in
control of my future, plus I get paid a whole lot more. But
some people want to work for someone else, for various reasons, so
I've explained many different ways you can get started in a work at
home position in my latest ebook.
I haven't released this to the public yet, I'll do
that sometime next week. So as a special offer for my
newsletter subscribers I'm discounting the price to $11.99.
(If you are a student of my online medical
transcription training program, please don't purchase this, as it is
included as part of your course!)
Introductory Price $11.99 for newsletter subscribers only!
COMING SOON! - This book will be available in the
next week or two!
MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION HOME STUDY COURSES
I've really enjoyed working with the students at my medical
transcription training site. It's hard to believe we opened in May
of this year and it is already October!
After two years of searching, researching, and putting a course
together, I was very proud to finally open my own Medical
Transcription Training Site. It's a very thorough training
course, and I've kept it as affordable as possible.
I have put together an Easy Payment Plan, and offer
an Easy Cancellation Policy, because I understand that sometimes
"life happens", and you may need to take another path, or you need
to wait a few more months, or whatever...
The Introductory Price offer is ending this month.
The total cost for the training will be $787.00 instead of $587.00.
I was going to raise the price October 1st, but have extended it
until the end of the month.
If you'd like to learn more about the training
course, please visit:
LINE COUNT AND INVOICE PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL
Counts your lines and produces an invoice - so you
don't have to! The latest version is compatible
with Word 2007 and Vista.
TRANSCRIPTION PRACTICE DICTATION
GREAT FOR THE BEGINNER OR EXPERIENCED
I've kept the costs VERY low, so that you can
invest in your future without hurting your wallet.
I've not raised the price of these in four years,
so they remain affordable. They are 75%
less expensive from my site than most places on
You get four transcription practice tapes with an
answer key on CD ROM or 5 CDs if you want digital
A digital downloadable version is also available.
Just email me if you want Instant Access Downloads.
These are great for the student, or even if you
are a beginner that would like to try out medical
transcription and see if it's for you, or even for
somebody that has been out of the transcription
industry for a while and wants to brush up on
skills. These tapes will also increase the
skills of an experienced transcriptionist that
just wants more practice.
These are all real-life dictations and the answer
key has left each physicians' format preferences
intact so you can see how various physicians like
their work set up. You do not have to keep to the
format when typing the reports, it's entirely up
RECOMMENDED HOME BUSINESSES AND OTHER NEAT SITES
A SECRETARIAL BUSINESS
It's amazing how many people combine home
businesses. You can combine your medical
transcription career with medical billing or just
as easily with a secretarial service. It all
works really well together.
My friend Leva combines her secretarial business
with her web design business. It's good to be
open to options. You can learn more about
starting your own secretarial service here:
Home Based Medical Billing: How To Avoid the Scams Within The Industry
Before you read the article by
would just like to say that my friend Paul Hackett is the ONLY
person that I would recommend that you learn from about Medical
Billing. I personally do not do medical billing, so my
knowledge in that regard is limited, but I know there are so many
scams out there, and lately I have had lots of email questions about
medical billing. I have known Paul since 2003, and a lot of my
website visitors that are interested in medical billing have
purchased his information. He is the only person I would
recommend you learn from and trust about medical billing. I
very rarely endorse a person or their product unless I have either
reviewed it or spoken to the person myself. Paul is an expert
in this field.
To read his article click
Click Here To Get Paul's Information
BUSINESS CARDS THAT ACTUALLY WORK!
I never really realized how serious business card design was until
one of my customers mentioned Diana's business card design book.
I haven't personally bought this one, but she apparently has quite a
reputation regarding the best way to design your business cards.
I thought you might want to take a look at what she has to say.
PROMOTE YOUR MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION BUSINESS
Need to promote your Medical Transcription
business? Why not try a PP2Video?
I think this is an awesome way to promote your
You can upload it to all the video-sharing sites (YouTube, etc.,) &
your business will have worldwide coverage!
Watch this sample video, which can be
customized just for you and your medical transcription business:
Excellent quality & prices!! For further
To Receive a Free
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I LOVE THESE AND I WANT SOME!!!
Try out the examples and see how your website URL would look!
ADVANCE MAGAZINE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION
Donít forget to subscribe to this magazine. It
doesnít cost anything, but you have to tell them
you are an Independent Medical Transcriptionist to
be able to receive it.
They do post lots of jobs as well as worthy news
HELPING THE ANIMALS
As you may know, I love animals and I hope you do too. They
give so much to us unconditionally. Please take a moment to
visit the Animal Rescue site below and click on the button. It
only takes a second. Your click will help provide food to
needy animals. Please pass this link on to your friends and
family and ask them to click everyday. They also have a store
with lots of neat stuff. Every purchase you make helps the
I am also a member of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
They do such wonderful work with rescuing animals. My new
adoptee is Mr. Chips, a lovely dog that needed a home where he would
be treated nicely. They send you a photo of the animal you
adopt, you can choose a dog, a cat, a horse, and lots of other
animals. They keep you updated on the animal's progress and
life. Last month, Mowgli, my other adoptee was given a
permanent home, which is wonderful news, so now I am helping Mr.
Chips. I urge you to adopt an animal. It really is a small
donation and goes so far! They also have a store and the
proceeds goes to the animals.
I also donate monthly to The Humane Society,
http://www.hsus.org and the
ASPCA, http://aspca.org, I
hope that you are able to help as well.
JOKE OF THE MONTH - I love this
Thanks to Julie Rountree for her contribution!
These are from a book called 'Disorder in the American Courts'
things people actually said
in court, word for word, taken down and now
published by court
reporters that had the torment of staying calm while
these exchanges were
actually taking place.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia
gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways
does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can
you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't
it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know
about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually
pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son,
the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much
like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present
when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting
ATTORNEY: So the date of
conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you
doing at that time?
WITNESS: getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three
ATTORNEY: How many were
ATTORNEY: Were there any
W ITNESS : Your Honor, I
think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your
first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose
death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe
WITNESS: He was about
medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male
or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus
was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your
appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice
which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I
dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many
of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The
live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your
responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the
time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy
started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton
was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by
the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified
to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified
to ask that question?
And the best for last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before
you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for
ATTORNEY: Did you check for
ATTORNEY: So, then it is
possible that the patient was alive when you began the
ATTORNEY: How can you be so
WITNESS: Because his brain
was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could
the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is
possible that he could have been alive and practicing law..
If you haven't done so already, grab a copy of my
ebook and get started with your own home
Wishing you a safe, successful, and fun-filled
month, till next time!