N.T. asks from Macomb, MI on July 22, 2012
Medical Transcription from Home? - Macomb,MI
I am looking to work from home, for just a few hours a day, while my daughter naps. I have thought about medical transcription and would need to have training in it, but wondering if anyone else works from home in this field and how they feel about it!
C.O. answers from Washington DC on July 22, 2012
There are a ton of new rules about this and many other aspects of the field.
My girlfriend was a Medical Transcriptionist for 15 years. Here's what she said when we were talking about what she does:
"I am in Knoxville. I have worked from home doing medical transcription now for 15+ years...always thought healthcare would be "safe". When so many people lost their jobs they lost insurance as well, thus the doctors cut back and took most of the transcription work back "in house".
I just learned on Friday about a new "healthcare stimulus" that has been passed forcing the doctors to go to an electronic medical record, or face penalties from Medicare/gov't for noncompliance. By doing this they are feeding the pockets of the already rich "hardware/software" people and putting 1000s of transcriptionists out of work...how the hell does that stimulate anyone but the govt? Luckily I will still have a job, but am going to be basically a proof-reader now, yes taking half the time to complete stuff, but at half the pay too. I'm really undecided what I will do next...."
So someone who has been doing it for 15 years got "set aside". She now does proof reading jobs. And you have to know people to do that.
If you want to work from home for a few hours a day - do craigslist or ebay. Sell your stuff that you are no longer using and you don't have to worry about if your daughter is napping or when you can work around her nap, etc.
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P.K. answers from New York on July 22, 2012
This is not a job you can do just while your daughter naps. Usually you get
hours and hours of transcription that needs to be done. Usually the docs
want it back within 48 hours if not sooner. If you do not have knowledge
of medical terms it will take some time to become accustomed to the field.
So it is a big committment. Not sure if that is what you want. +
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J.W. answers from St. Louis on July 22, 2012
Because of HIPAA laws we require all transcriptioning to be done in house. Our transcriptionists could be on deaths doorstep they come in or they don't work.
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E.T. answers from Albuquerque on July 22, 2012
There are no jobs in this field. It's all going electronic or to India. Please dont waste your money on one of those courses advertized on TV. They're basically scams since there is no hiring potential.
C.W. answers from Santa Barbara on July 22, 2012
Cheryl is correct in the fact that nearly all of the physicians I have called on use electronic health records. I work for a global laboratory and most of the docs I work wish will use the voice capabilities on the iPad and they are dumped right into the record. Their lab results come in, dumped into the patient's record.
For physicians that accept Medi-Care there has been a financial incentive to use electronic health records as well as using e-prescribing. They have to move past the pen and paper for a whole bunch of reasons.
There was such a rush for practices and hospitals to convert to electronic health records. Unfortunately many new companies flooded the parket and sold the moon on their capabilities and many needs have gone unmet. I have a Maternal Fetal Medicine doc that spent 70K for his system and their company went belly up.