Any WAHM doing medical transcription???

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Registered: 08-13-2003
Any WAHM doing medical transcription???
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Mon, 10-06-2003 - 12:59pm
I am currently desperatley trying to find an at home job for when my baby is born in April. I know that selling is not for me & have really considered medical transcription. I currently am a paralegal who summarizes medical records all day & therefore am familiar with medical records and some terminology. I have done transcription before in the legal field and have been told it is set up the same way.

I plan on starting some medical transcription classes at the local community college in January so that I can gain a better understanding of the field.

Do any of you medical transcriptionists have any pointers to give in getting into the business. I really would like to start working out of my home as soon as I find a job as a transcriptionist. I have read how some employers require you to work at their office first or have atleast 2yrs experience before they will hire you. This is disappointing to me b/c I might as well stay in the legal field if I have to meet those requirements b/4 finding a decent job. Any suggestions or names of any companies I could look into would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks a bunch!

Peggy

EDD 4/8/04

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Mon, 10-06-2003 - 9:37pm
Hi Peggy,

I do not do transcription but I do know a little about it. Dh Aunt used to do it but now works in the office doing other work. She worked from home as well as in the office and it is true many offices almost all of them want you to work in the office at least for a while. After all they are releaseing confidential patient information to you and they MUST trust you. There are new laws in effect now just for patient confidentiality. It is called HIPPA I forget what the initials stand for though. Dh aunt said to me when I considered it, theat medical transcription or transcription in general is dying out because of the technology nowadays. The doctors can now talk into the computer and it will do it for them. Of course not all offices have it YET. It also takes years to become fluent in the lingo in medical transcription and billing. It is very hard to find good transcriptionists and billing clerks within the medical community because of the codes and abbreviations, etc... Even for nurses.

Have you ever considered being an Independant Paralegal? Preparing simple divorces or bankruptcy's? ALso with your background and your contacts within the legal community you might be able to pick up extra work from other attorneys.

I know it is a hard decision and I wish you all the luck.

Kelli WAHM as a Corporate Recruiter and mommy to Erin 12/17/99, Katie 10/20/01, and Billy 7/7/03

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Kelli in Connecticut with Erin (5), Katie (3) and Billy (16 months) http://pages.ivillage.com/erinbear1999/
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Tue, 10-07-2003 - 8:50am
Thanks Kelli for the advice. I will keep all of those things in mind when I look into the field more. I guess I could consider working somewhere at an office a few times a week if I can find somewhere that would allow me to. I don't know, I just feel if there is a will there is a way. I am determined to find something & I have complete confidence that I can do it, it is just a matter of someone giving me the opportunity. Yes, I know all about HIPPA regulations, ha, ha! It was basically adopted because of attorneys like I work for who request medical records from doctor's offices & is an attempt to try to protect patient's records. Unfortunately for patients, it really doesn't protect their medical records all that much, it only stalls the process of us obtaining them a little bit. With a subpoena you can obtain any type of medical record, other than psych records. Anyway, sorry I'm blabbing on about nothing.

As for the independent paralegal, I have thought about it but there is SOOO much liability you have to consider if you get into that area by yourself. Plus, most attorneys are not going to use an outside paralegal when they have one of their own. Also, I have never done divorce papers & honestly for simple divorces where you don't need an attorney, all one has to do is go to the courthouse & file the papers on their own. Something like this I could consider doing down the road but unfortunately it isn't anything I could start up within the next 6 months.

Thanks again for the advice.

Peggy

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 12:45am
Peggy --

I am a work at home MT. It honestly will be very hard to find a company that is willing to hire you out of your home at the beginning of your career.

Have you called transcription companies to see if they are hiring legal transcriptionists? For you this wouldn't require any training (you already know that field).

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Wed, 10-15-2003 - 8:33am
I hadn't even thought about calling a transcriptionist company to see whether or not they had any legal transcription work. I honestly didn't even know that there would be any outside of a lawfirm. Thanks for the suggestion. My whole fear is to start taking MT classes & not being able to find what I want around the summer time. I don't want to waste my time or money. I will definetely look into calling about the legal transcription.

Thanks a bunch!

Peggy