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by Cindi Haynes / July 22, 2005 4:45 AM PDT

Hi all,

I'm looking for a part-time to maybe in the future full time job to fill up some time and get a little spending cash. I'd like to work from home.

I notice that the local community college is offering courses for medical transcription. Is anyone here a transcriptionist, or know one? I'm wondering if there's a good chance of employment at completion, or if the market is already saturated, and how one goes about getting a job once qualified. I've not noticed any ads in the paper, or must one go hunt for new clients?

Any info appreciated!
Thanks,

--Cindi
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As regarding availablitiy of work
by Roger NC / July 22, 2005 5:19 AM PDT
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I suggest checking the NC Employment commission web site as well as other sources

http://www.ncesc.com/

Then maybe if you get a chance, talk to someone in your own doctor's office perhaps.

And of course, taken with plenty of salt, the guidance department at the community college you're considering.

JMO

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My thoughts.
by Angeline Booher / July 22, 2005 5:20 AM PDT
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When I last worked in 1995, there was a need for transcriptions. Most worked in the medical records department of the hospitals here--- and there are quite a few.

The hospital where I had privileges did 'outsource" work to people working at home. (I dictated narrative discharge summaries for some psychiatrists, which could easily run several pages.)

However, what I have noticed in the office of my primary care doctor, and the specialists that follow me.

They all have notebooks with touch screens and keyboards. When I last needed med refills, she just had an assistant print out all of them on one page. My sleep apnea doctor sent an order for a new mask in my presence.

In other words, it looks like so much is now being computerized --- even patient charts. That tells me that there may even be a program for discharge summaries. Those summaries were the bulk of the transcription work, as well as physical exams, social histories, etc.

Of course, it is possible that hospitals could be outsourcing work to part-timers so they don't have to pay benefits.

I suggest that you contact the local hospital(s) medical records department and flat out ask. Maybe your doctor could also advise.

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My thoughts exactly, Angeline.
by Ziks511 / July 22, 2005 10:12 PM PDT
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Incidentally, how's the Sleep Apnea?

Rob

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(NT) (NT) A Good Barometer Might Be Monster.com
by gooslojo / July 22, 2005 6:10 AM PDT
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As I mentioned to you at dinner
by TONI H / July 22, 2005 10:30 PM PDT
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last night......I think that transcriptionists alone would have a hard time getting started; however, if you also invested a couple of hundred dollars for the billing cd that has all the codes used for Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies that are used, you might have a better shot at 'wearing two hats' in that you could offer your services as a transcriptionist in addition to offering billing abilities.

I also suggested, as was brought up here, your counselor at the college would be able to offer leads on how to break into those fields remotely from home and may even have contacts available to their office that you wouldn't be aware of. And the NC Employment Bureau is another great source.

Since many times, the information you would need for doing this type of work could be set up to be sent to your system remotely from those handhelds, don't limit yourself to just NC either. You would just send the information back to them (to their server perhaps) also via the net, so you could end up 'working' for some outfit out in Wyoming.....

That also being the case, Monster.com would be a valuable resource....

TONI

TONI

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Thanks, everyone
by Cindi Haynes / July 23, 2005 2:32 AM PDT
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I checked Monster.com, but I can't ever get a search that shows only what I want to see. Seems like you get a variety of jobs unrelated to your search.

I guess the best bet is to speak to them at the college, and ask the hospital and/or doctor. As Angeline said, my doctor also uses the computers and I think are gonna be required by the state to be completely paperless pretty soon. Still, it seems like there should be some work available unless the doctor types up his own appointment notes instead of dictating them now.

Ah well, time to wear out some shoe leather, I guess!

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(NT) (NT) If can stand the field, also consider legal transcripti
by Roger NC / July 23, 2005 6:43 AM PDT
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You might look here too
by C1ay / July 23, 2005 7:57 AM PDT
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Given her background ...
by Evie / July 23, 2005 11:11 AM PDT
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... and yours, I had suggested to Diana something similar -- especially if it could be expanded to handling billing. Guess with the computerization of records -- I note that our new doc types everything into a computerized chart and prints out scripts -- there may be less of a need for such at-home work.

I know you have other reasons to at least work mostly from home, but for me it turned out to be the most negative experience of my life. I tend to hermit if given the opportunity and I did just that. So I'm not too high on the work from home stuff anymore, although I still do it on a limited basis.

Evie Happy

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Hi gb :)
by lylesg / July 23, 2005 11:56 AM PDT
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Do you have experience with reading blue prints/drawings etc.?

If so, there is an online network that contractors, suppliers, architects etc. use for up coming projects that are currently at bid stage and there should be a need for one who can do the grunt work of a take off estimate of quantities for items like concrete, steel, railing, fencing, landscaping ...... One would certainly need experience in at least one area of construction.

Just thought I?d mention it. Happy

Good luck!

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P.S. In the long term
by C1ay / July 23, 2005 12:31 PM PDT
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I think speech recognition software will obsolete transcription.

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