What to Expect as a Home Based Medical Transcriptionist
You roll out of bed feeling refreshed. You wonder into the bathroom and freshen
yourself up for the start of a new day. You go back into the bedroom and find that you
actually have time to make your bed. You then proceed to the kitchen, prepare breakfast
and coffee, step out side of your door to get the morning newspaper, and then sit down to
breakfast and the news and actually have time to enjoy it!
Afterwards, you drift over to your computer, hit the power button. You walk over to
the window and stretch, taking in the morning sun, and then over to the computer to
begin your work day. Wow, is this a dream? Am I in some bed and breakfast? No, this is
my kitchen. I'm wearing my pajamas, so what's going on? Don't you remember silly?
You're a home based medical transcriptionist.
How does that sound to you? Does it sound impossible? Take it from me, it's not. This
happens every day for hundreds of women and men. This is the start of the day for many
home based medical transcriptionists and could be how YOUR day starts! Let me explain in a
little more detail what you can expect as a home based medical transcriptionist.
After you have gained employment with a transcription service provider, you will be
sent computer equipment, materials, and forms that require your signature. These forms
will include privacy forms where you agree to the patient privacy act. This form states
that you will not disclose any patient information that you come in contact with. You will
also be signing a form stating that you agree to work for this company and that you
understand their rules and regulations.
You will receive W2 forms for tax purposes. You will sign a form stating that you
received all equipment that was mailed, that it functions properly, and will be returned
upon your date of employment termination. There may be other forms that you'll come in
contact with depending upon the transcription service that you'll be working for. All
of these forms will need to be returned to your employer. I advice you to get a copy of
each form before returning.
You will be given a start date for orientation, along with an actual start date to
begin transcribing on a probationary level. Your orientation will be via teleconference or
via webinar/internet. Your probationary period varies in length and depends upon your
supervisor, and if she/he feels you're ready to begin typing reports that no longer
require editorial review. Do not expect more than a month's time to get up to speed.
The transcription service is relying on you to know your stuff and return those reports.
You will be given information about the facility that you will be transcribing for and
also receive a listing of their transcription rules, format, and style. You will more than
likely have to type verbatim. Most facilities do not allow you to alter the dictation
file. Even when a doctor uses profanity, you have to type that into the report.
You will be able to dial in and listen to your supervisor and fellow co-workers.
You will discuss your responsibilities in regards to your line count, turn-around-time,
and your probationary period and it's length. Your probationary period consists of you
typing actual reports that will become a legal part of the patient's chart, but has to
be reviewed by a medical transcription editor before it's sent to be uploaded into the
patient's medical record.