Medical Assistants Recognition Week on October, 2017: What is the job market like for a medical transcriptionist?

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What is the job market like for a medical transcriptionist?

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The US Department of Labor states" Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports."

"Wage-and-salary medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of $14.40 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.17 and $17.06. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $20.15."

If your hoping to get into this field, you will most likely need training from an AHDI 'approved' program. Most employers require experience or participation in one of the top AHDI approved schools. If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an 'approved' school.

Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job. AHDI sets the standards for MT courses. Employers know that graduates of these 'approved' courses have gained the skills necessary to begin their career as an MT. ------ AHDI is the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity - www.ahdionline.org (formerly known as the American Association for Medical Transcription).

I attended Career Step and received a job (at-home) less than a week after graduating. I've received several more job offers since, but have stuck with my original employer because of the flexibility they offer. Career Step is an AHDI approved program and they are partnered with many of the major MT employers. In other words, their graduates get the jobs. Many companies require 2-3 years experience, however, a lot of these companies will waive this requirement if you graduate from the right school.

I recommend CS because they are partnered with MANY employers, self-paced (you can finish in a few months or take as long as over a year or two), and more affordable than many courses. Plus, I have personal experience (and success) with the program. Attending your local community college will give you a good chance at a job in-house, but if you are wanting to work from home, an online 'approved' course is the way to go. Choosing the right school is so important! They do offer financial aid and payment plans. :)

As for accreditation, Medical Transcription is not a degree. Therefore, accreditation is not necessary and, unless you plan on pursing a medical degree in the future, may be useless. It is for this reason that AHDI set up a 'model curriculum' approval process in order to weed out inadequate programs. However, if accreditation is important to you, Career Step is partnered with several community colleges. You get an AHDI-approved course in a college setting - credits and all.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: bcharmed01 at yahoo dot com

Can you suggest a job which is in demand right now?

Can you suggest a job which is in demand right now?

The US Department of Labor states" Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports."

"Wage-and-salary medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of $14.40 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.17 and $17.06. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $20.15."

If your hoping to get into this field, though, you will most likely need training from an AHDI 'approved' program. Most employers require experience or participation in one of the top AHDI approved schools. If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an 'approved' school. The top three schools are Career Step, Andrews, and M-Tec.

Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job. AHDI sets the standards for MT courses. Employers know that graduates of these 'approved' courses have gained the skills necessary to begin their career as an MT. ------ AHDI is the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity - www.ahdionline.org (formerly known as the American Association for Medical Transcription).

I attended Career Step and recieved a job (at-home) less than a week after graduating. I've received several more job offers since, but have stuck with my original employer because of the flexibility they offer. Career Step is an AHDI approved program and they are partnered with many of the major MT employers. In other words, their graduates get the jobs. Many companies require 2-3 years experience, however, a lot of these companies will waive this requirement if you graduate from the right school.

I recommend CS because they are partnered with MANY employers, self-paced (you can finish in a few months or take as long as over a year or two), and more affordable than the other top 2 courses. Plus, I have personal experience (and success) with the program. Attending your local community college will give you a good chance at a job in-house, but if you are wanting to work from home, an online 'approved' course is the way to go. Choosing the right school is so important! They do offer financial aid and payment plans. :)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: bcharmed01 at yahoo dot com

A couple of questions for others who work in transcription?

A couple of questions for others who work in transcription?

I have worked in transcription for over 20 years in small and now huge hospital systems and also worked on the side for several doctor offices and I have always used a pedal. I would not know how to transcribe without one. In my mind it seems like it would take forever. In transcription even at the hospital level most get paid by production so so many cents per line for how many lines you transcribe. For example a 65 character line or whatever the employer or contract decides. So the more lines you transcribe the more money you make. So without having to waste keystrokes to rewind and forward to hear and rehear saves a lot of time and makes you more productive. Also most transcription now is voice recognition. We no longer transcribe or type many reports. Maybe 2 a week if we are lucky. The voice recognition software now learns the physician voices, transcribes the reports, and then we transcriptionists become editors and we correct the report the software generated. So the reports get done super fast. We still use the pedal to edit and listen and correct the reports the computer does. We barely use the mouse. We use several key combinations to make the corrections and create macros to help. Also the big thing happening now is the hospitals are all now going to electronic medical charting where the patient's entire chart is an online chart not paper anymore. Now the doctors can dictate right onto the record and copy and paste from all the chart that is online. Or have their nurses, medical assistant etc do it for them. That means the transcription does not get the report ever so transcription is fading away fast. We have went from like 300 and will be down to 40 MTs by end of November. So for you, still doing audio tapes the pedal really will help you. It will allow you to get done much faster and do more. Also, having lots of autocorrect short cuts helps you go even faster. Hope that helps.

You keep your heel off the pedal on the floor. You put your food down pressing the pedal in the center to play so your audio tape or job goes forward at normal talking speed or whatever you have the speed set on. If you need to catch up with what the voice is saying just lift your foot up from the center and it will stop and allow you to catch up. Then put your foot down again when you are ready to hear more dictation. If you need to rewind because you want to rehear something leave your heel off the pedal but press the bar on the right of the pedal. Keep your foot down for as long as you want to rewind back, usually quick just to rehear the last few words said. And on the pedal the bar way to the left is the go foward, which I rarely use.

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