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THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including Foscan, ThermaCELL, Vaniqa, FreeStyle, ProstaSeed, RAMP, Myocet, Vagifem, Profile-ER, Xcellerate, Multikine, Dynepo, Songbird, Rescula, Kaletra, Birsman-Nova, Hallin, Loftus, StatLock, Mosaic, Smart Magnetix, Extreme, StIM, SynerGraft, and more.

2. New travel board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/travel/

3. Carol's chart comparing IC/employee: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/line/chart.html

4. Salary comparison by city: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/257.html

5. Dropping an account: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/232.html

6. Typing numbers faster: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/180.html

7. Doctors who flirt with patients: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1501.html

8. Working for your own physician? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1490.html

9. Hiring bonus at L&H: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages4/9842.html

10. History of MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9920.html

11. MT notebooks: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9850.html

12. Tax deduction for office in part of room? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9857.html

13. How voice files are transferred: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9771.html

14. Printing Netscape bookmarks: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9716.html

15. Nonsupportive husbands and vacations: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/10.html

http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/116.html

16. Should MTs pay the long distance? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/686.html

17. On selling a company: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/568.html

18. Quitting with 2 weeks' notice: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/376.html

19. Where to buy sticky paper: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/10049.html

20. Replacing switch in Panasonic footpedal: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/10029.html

21. Prefilled medical records: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/546.html

22. DNR/LT: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/527.html

23. Signing a noncompete agreement: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/480.html

24. Mosquito repellents: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9802.html

25. Did you see Dennis Miller on Monday night football? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/sports/messages/362.html

26. True story of a miracle? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/religion/messages4/1836.html

27. Reasons not to kill yourself: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/2735.html

28. Join our prayers for Twinglemimi and Talon: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/2738.html

http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/2753.html

29. What political party are you? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/politics/messages/4276.html

30. Pet loss: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4987.html

31. How much is your electric bill? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/5151.html

32. Beth's MT photo pages: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/1651.html

33. Advice for spouses of snorers: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/1448.html

34. Dealing with twins fighting: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/1151.html

35. Any other step "monsters"? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/616.html

36. Military wife with new website: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/military/messages/201.html

37. Talon's reminder for men: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/maleroom/messages/500.html

38. New words for 2000: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1788.html

39. Moms excited to start fall homeschooling: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/homeschool/messages/1688.html

40. Acne help: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/beauty/messages/1934.html

41. In memory of Jody B's mother, check your skin today: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/casupport/messages/679.html

42. New clothing exchange sizes for trade: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exchange/messages/296.html

43. Got any meatball recipes? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/8627.html

44. Looking for sugar-free desserts: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/disupport/messages/218.html

45. Survivor poll on entertainment board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/stories/messages/2798.html

46. Fibromyalgia book recommendation: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/fisupport/messages/797.html

47. Rain dance for smoke-filled skies: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/8255.html

48. Scrapbookers gathering: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hobbies/messages/825.html

THIS WEEK ON THE WEB 1. All about blood and blood banks: http://www.aabb.org/All_About_Blood/FAQs/aabb_faqs.htm

2. Nuclear waste may help fight cancer: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000730/hl/exp_cancer_isotope_1.html

3. A searchable encyclopaedia: http://www.spaceports.com/~mprobert/index.html

4. Medical symbols and abbreviations: http://share.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/8462/medical_abbreviations.html

5. Positional molding or "flat heads" in infants: http://www.sidsalliance.org/

6. West Nile virus in NY and NJ: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/08/03/west.nile.spread/index.html

7. Choosing the right insect repellent: http://insect-repellent.net/

8. The use of gamma seed ribbon to prevent reclogging of heart artery: http://www/overlakehospital.org/

9. Race to develop noninvasive blood tests: http://www.devicelink.com/news/100/5/13969.html

10. Taking supplements without doctor's quidance could be dangerous: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/000803/fl_america.html

11. Treatment for psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/000803/or_npf_stu.html

12. How toxic is your diet? http://www.enviroweb.org/issues/dioxin/diet.html

13. Slimfast recall: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000803/ts/food_slimfast_dc_2.html

14. How to live to be 100: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.60053

15. U.S. nurse shortage growing worse: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/08/03/nurses.needed.ap/index.html

16. Man files $800 million lawsuit claiming cell phone caused brain cancer: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/08/03/cellphone.cancer.ap/index.html

17. Regular use of inhaled steroids can save lives: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/08/03/asthma.treatment.ap/index.html

18. Research unlocks genetic secret of skin cancer's spread: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/cancer/08/02/skincancer.genes.ap/index.html

19. How much should egg donors be paid? http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000803/us/paying_for_eggs_2.html

20. Cholera gene mapped: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-02-2000/0001281388&EDATE=

21. New speech therapy website: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-02-2000/0001281383&EDATE=

22. Online exercise trainer: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-01-2000/0001280470&EDATE=

23. Cybervisiting of patients instituted at hospital: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-01-2000/0001280393&EDATE=

24. Gingko biloba improves dementia: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-31-2000/0001279389&EDATE=

25. Internet healthcare coming, fast and easy: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-31-2000/0001279371&EDATE=

26. Surgical procedures in pictures: http://www.vesalius.com

27. Eye exams recommended by 6 months old: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-31-2000/0001279050&EDATE=

28. Be your own dental hygenist: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-31-2000/0001278708&EDATE=

29. Bill Gates gives $40 million to fight malaria: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-30-2000/0001278454&EDATE=

30. Healthcare workers to march in Philadelphia Saturday: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-30-2000/0001278454&EDATE=

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Introducing Maggie Denekas, CMT
mdenekas@ix.netcom.com
http://www.medlineschool.com

When I was a nursing student, I decided that I would never be a typist. I continually told myself this during a medical office management course I was required to take. To pass this course, I had to transcribe at 30 wpm from a tape recorder placed on a stool in the middle of the room. Near the end of the semester, with all assignments completed except for “typing out,” our instructor told us that once we “typed out” that we could go home. I spent the last week of the semester alone in that class, plunking out a mere 25-26 WPM. Feeling anxiety and frustration, I repeatedly told myself, “I’ll never be a typist.” Having been the first in my class in the clinical studies, I determined that administrative duties were not for me. Fortunately I did “type out,” and none too soon. I passed, graduated, and focused all my efforts on clinical employment.

For five years I worked in nursing and laboratory medicine, and dabbled in x-ray. Inevitably I was approached to help with transcribing accident reports and Workers' Compensation notes for my employers. This was not for extra pay; I had to find the time to squeeze them in. I forgot about my paltry typing speed because I was trying to please my employer. I didn’t have time to worry about my mindset of being genetically unable to type. My speed increased and my accuracy improved!

Then I went into hospital research. Again I was approached to transcribe. We used IBM typewriters at that time. The purchasing department probably wondered if I was eating correction ribbons! This time my employer, a very prominent physician, asked me to bring my finished transcription up to the surgical suite. I would change into scrubs and cover my hair and face with a mask to deliver my work! My employer would scold me in front of the staff and the sleeping patient on the table! Then I would march downstairs, determined to do better.

One day I was reviewing my old handwritten nursing notes, and chills came over me. I realized that I had poor spelling and grammar skills, but I also realized that the thing that got in my way was my negative thinking. With that self-evaluation, my skills improved, and my trips to the surgical suite brought less and less trouble for me. My next position was a medical office administrator. One of my duties was transcription. Then I worked for a transcription service for four years.

During this time, I met Toni Carlton. She was completing her MT training and began working for the company where I was working. My four children were young and I was able to type in the mornings, attend class parties and PTA meetings, and then type in the evening. It wasn’t always quiet, but I had a very flexible schedule.

In 1991, Toni and I opened Med-Line Transcription Services in Tomball, Texas, a small rural town in the NW Houston area. Transcription had been such a rewarding career for us, we wanted to create a company that would provide employment opportunities for many MTs. Toni and I set up shop in a little office with $200. We used tape machines and folding tables, and we sat on folding metal chairs for two years! In the beginning, we spent many nights at the office, taking time only to go home to shower and then return to the task.

A funny story to tell on ourselves: We obtained a large hospital account in the very early 90s. We would be typing op notes and discharges. Although Toni and I had typed operative reports, we didn’t have a surgery book. The question of the day was whether to run into the bookstore, or whether we could spare the expense of a surgical word book! Fortunately, we did buy the book, and it’s in tatters by now.

The company grew steadily, providing services to both hospitals and physicians throughout the Houston area. In 1998 our service was acquired by MedQuist. Toni and I continued to work in the office providing transcription and management services for one year after the merger. After a short summer Toni and I opened The Med-Line School of Medical Transcription. We had trained many MTs in our company through the years, and now we finished the curriculum started several years previously. We underwent scrutiny by state authorities, with many revisions and trials. Now our program has been proven successful in training students.

Toni functions as the administrator and handles the student records, finances, State and government requirements, and promotion of the program. I work with the students, and maintain our website and student newsletter. It has been very rewarding to see the students put forth 100% effort in the program.

We talk to many potential students who have legitimate fears in their earnest attempt to find a program that will give them their money’s worth and bring them into the field. Some remind me of myself when I felt I couldn’t type. New insight tells me that I learned to be a good follower, so I could be a good leader.

After all these years, while I have become an adequate typist, Toni far surpasses me in the WPM realm. We have different strengths. Perhaps because I did so well in the clinical aspect I was able to compensate for my slower typing speed, which has never been noticed or commented on!

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew

including QUS-2 calcaneal ultrasonometer, Pulmicort Respules, Thymitaq, Prudoxin cream, menjugate, MicrobNZ, BiliCheck, fondaparin, single nucleotide polymorphisms, Omniferon, Wobe-Mugos, Biobypass, Coactinon, Helixate NexGen, Ventak PRIZM-2, Vitesse, D-TRON, Fermathron, and more. 2. New Benefits Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/benefits

3. New Stats Word Board for MTs in a hurry: http://www.mtdaily.com/stats

4. New benefits for MTIA members: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/benefits/messages/25.html

5. Answers for a slow-running computer clock: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/4254.html

6. Learning about digital dictation servers: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4566.html

7. Encouragement for a displaced MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/lifeboats/messages/300.html

8. Anybody else use Kinesis keyboards?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/equipment/messages/1209.html

9. A retroactive pay decrease: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1534.html

10. Help needed for a new MTSO: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/finance/messages/321.html

11. General transcription help needed for working with time codes: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/general/messages/536.html

12. A poll for hospital MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hospitalmts/messages/2608.html

13. Networking home computers onto a cable connection: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/internet/messages/170.html

14. Networking home computers with an ethernet hub: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1288.html

15. Info on FDCH from the legal transcription board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/legal/messages/3598.html

16. Going from MT to LT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/legal/messages/3581.html

17. How many lines do you type per hour?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/line/messages/2505.html

18. Software for the IC, what do you use?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/localmts/messages/1745.html

19. School and chicken pox vaccine: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/4102.html

20. Talon's latest news: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/4038.html

21. Ideas needed for coping with a cyst near an eye: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/4011.html

22. Info on the "Includes" feature of Instant Text: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/it/messages/161.html

23. Question about using Key-masters: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/km/messages/117.html

24. Coming improvements to MedPen: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/medpen/messages/439.html

25. A helpful macro for MS Word users: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/msword/messages/2704.html

26. The bad paragraph challenge: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/typos/messages/1474.html

27. Editing a doctor's VR transcription: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/speech/messages/478.html

28. Looking for info on becoming a scopist: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/scopists/messages/50.html

29. Running out of room in Smartype: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/st/messages/255.html

30. What is the rule for numbers?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/style/messages/2680.html

31. AAMT best article of the year won by CAMT member Robin Leggewie! http://www.mtdaily.com/surveys/aamt/messages/446.html

32. Pathology transcription only inhouse? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/703.html

33. Bipolar management: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1225.html

34. A dying monitor? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1214.html

35. Chronic intermittent diseases? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1203.html

36. Improving typing speed: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1197.html

37. Using a lockbox to deliver documents: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1047.html

38. Transcriber adapters obsolete? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/872.html

39. Writing a business plan: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1494.html

40. Converting tapes to digital: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4494.html

41. Making a smooth transition from MT to supervisor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/supervisors/messages/566.html

42. Making a careful transition from MTSO to IC: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/tasps/messages/184.html

43. Searching for a mentor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teachers/messages/546.html

44. Copying files to WP51: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wp51/messages/2126.html

45. Using Microsoft Works for MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wpwin/messages/295.html

46. Hospital paycuts: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1600.html

47. Waiting for HIPAA: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1637.html

48. Sale at staples.com: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/1685.html

49. Looking for list of adverse effects of mixing meds: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/beauty/messages/1958.html

50. Plum recipes: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/8643.html

51. How many calories are in a pound of fat? Dieters' board quiz: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners/messages/3672.html

52. 2001 "Survivor" show. http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/stories/messages/2916.html

53. Anyone doing yoga? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exercise/messages/501.html

54. Ex-smokers, come encourage someone: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/smokeout/messages/905.html

55. Anyone with rheumatoid arthritis? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/fisupport/messages/809.html

56. Do you live by your in-laws or parents? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/8363.html

57. Hobby survey: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hobbies/messages/838.html

58. Featured transcription classified ad: All 12 beginning SUM tapes in original case - only used once so they are in perfect condition. Will include word lists that go with the tapes. Will also include AAMT Book of Style which is in mint condition. Look on Health Professions Institute website (www.hpisum.com)for the prices of these tapes to appreciate what a deal this is! I will sell entire set with word lists and AAMT Book of style for $325. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

59. Featured transcription wanted ad: I would like to purchase some skill building tapes for a reasonable price. If someone can help, please e-mail me. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

60. Featured transcription bargain ad: Monthly Prescribing Reference, July 2000. $6 including shipping. Brand new. See http://www.mtdaily.com/bargain.html

THIS WEEK ON THE WEB 1. Lernout and Hauspie land 5-year Army contract for transcription: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/000809/ma_lernout_2.html

2. Weekly schedule for household chores: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/8147/cleaning.HTM

3. Practical preparations for surgery: http://www.jointcenter.com/prep.html

4. Eye drops to prevent vision problems? http://www.ucalgary.ca/unicomm/Research/stell.htm

5. Deer antler velvet supplement: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-10-2000/0001288004&EDATE=

6. Generic Prozac coming? http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-10-2000/0001287758&EDATE=

7. vanadium for testicular cancer: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-10-2000/0001287551&EDATE=

8. MT salary survey for a prize: http://www.advanceforhim.com/asp/surveyc.asp?surveyid=162

9. How to tell children mom has cancer: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-10-2000/0001287155&EDATE=

10. Earlier testing for birth defects: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-09-2000/0001286907&EDATE=

11. Chinese scientists now on web: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-09-2000/0001286632&EDATE=

12. Networking centers for nurses: http://www.NurseZone.com/ http://www.nursingspectrum.com/

13. PSC fertility monitor to track ovulation: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-09-2000/0001286324&EDATE=

14. Kegelmaster exerciser for incontinence: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-09-2000/0001286216&EDATE=

15. 700 new drugs in development for diseases of aging: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-08-2000/0001285532&EDATE=

16. Children's eye exam for school: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-08-2000/0001284991&EDATE=

17. Exercising at home: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-08-2000/0001284974&EDATE=

18. Testing of newborns: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-07-2000/0001284688&EDATE=

19. New lupus test: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-07-2000/0001284798&EDATE=

20. Blind cavefish research on sight: http://www.sightstreet.com/SS-Content.asp?page=NewsDesk.asp?page=fish.htm

21. Chronic diarrhea and gallbladder dysfunction: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-07-2000/0001284120&EDATE=

22. World conference on tobacco: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-07-2000/0001283935&EDATE=

23. Testicular cancer links: http://www.acor.org/TCRC/patient_links.html

24. Don't miss the meteor shower! http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/space/20000810/sc/perseid_meteor_shower_peaks_this_weekend_1.html

25. How to choose a doctor: http://www.healthgrades.com/healthtools/howtochoose/HG_choose_phys_cont.cfm?&display_answer=display1

THANK YOU!

Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. If you have suffered rejection for being very overweight, write me for information on a new private support message board. If you would be interested in a private message board for children, write me. Circulation 4,844. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

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REDUCING MEDICAL ERRORS

I believe MTs and MTSOs can learn from the current national efforts to create a more self-correcting healthcare system. Self-reporting is now required but is not penalized. New learning, checking on each other, and teamwork are encouraged. We can always produce more accurate medical records, though it will require time and money of us all. Specific proofreading macros can help along with spellchecking. We have an enormous free reference library on the Internet for research and documentation, and other MTs to guide us in our research. Companies can use more MTs as proofreaders and provide MTs with more feedback. Accuracy and carefulness can be rewarded with bonuses and recognition.

See http://www.ahcpr.gov/news/spch012000.htm regarding the medical errors issue for ideas that apply to MT too.

Add your response to our survey on pay deductions for errors at http://www.mtdaily.com/surveys/pay/

I've heard it said that if you set a goal, you can still reach it even though you are off course 95% of the time, just like a pilot who must constantly correct his course. The best we can ever be as humans is quickly self-correcting. All of us are smarter than one of us!

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including INVOS cerebral oximeter, Luveris recombinant human luteinizing hormone, Antegren (natalizumab), Antizol (fomepizole), Exogen 2000, EX-308 Excimer laser, VacuSaf, Contegra, QuickVue UrinChek, Tutoplast, Cortoss, Rebar-18 microcatheter, Mirage guidewire, COLARIS test for colon cancer gene, and more.

2. New MT Daily Bookstore coming soon! http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2777.html

3. New private board for those who have suffered rejection for being very overweight. Write me for information.

4. New private friendship board. Write me for information.

5. General transcriptionists: Help with FDCH resources: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/general/messages/553.html

6. Legal transcriptionists: Survey on backup equipment: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/legal/messages/3670.html

Software:

7. Help needed with a WP51 macro: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wp51/messages/2152.html

8. Saving a format as a template in WP for Windows: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wpwin/messages/306.html

9. Tips for IT Pro users: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/it/messages/190.html

10. Help needed with IE/Netscape conflicts: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/internet/messages/179.html

11. Help with Sylcount: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/line/messages/2525.html

12. Setting up columns in Word 2000: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/msword/messages/2793.html

13. Help needed programming PRD with WP51: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prd/messages/107.html

14. Smartype spellcheck disabled, anybody know how to fix it?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/st/messages/265.html

Hardware:

15. The humming computer: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/4332.html

16. How big is your computer? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/4324.html

17. Need info on small digital systems: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4630.html

18. Does anybody re-record off the Internet? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4652.html

19. What is a wave file? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2841.html

Issues:

20. What is HIPAA? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2409.html

21. Two associations that might provide benefits for MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/benefits/messages/35.html

http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/benefits/messages/34.html

22. Billing differences between primary and assisting surgeons: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/billing/messages/423.html

23. Transcribing reports of a relative: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1551.html

24. Hospital to home and losing benefits: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hospitalmts/messages/2637.html

25. How often to pickup dictation from a client as an IC? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/localmts/messages/1788.html

26. Looking for MTs with disabilites who use SR: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/speech/messages/485.html

27. Accidentally erasing tapes: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2733.html

28. Helpful gadgets for work: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2502.html

29. How do you make your own website? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/webwork/messages/295.html

30. Learn about investing: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/benefits/messages/30.html

Personal Medical:

31. Child with auricular tag: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/4260.html

32. Update on Talon's cancer treatment: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/4227.html

33. Chronic headache sufferers share info: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/beauty/messages/1988.html

34. Diagnosing MS, the art of self-diagnosis: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/fisupport/messages/824.html

35. Looking for MTs with agoraphobia and/or insomnia: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/loners/messages/269.html

36. Solutions for ankle swelling needed: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/rsi/messages/78.html

Tough questions in life:

37. The ethics of love: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1561.html

38. Reporting an abusive caregiver: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/caring/messages/178.html

39. To confront or not to confront? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/8523.html

MTs supporting MTs:

40. Adoption congratulations to Mark and his family! http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/7297.html

41. Looking for girls' clothing: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exchange/messages/310.html

42. Overabundant green beans: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/8786.html

43. Homemade Ho-Hos: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/8786.html

44. Dieting as a diabetic: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/disupport/messages/220.html

45. Welcoming DW to the Diet board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners/messages/3773.html

46. Congratulations to Judy who is quitting smoking: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/smokeout/messages/911.html

47. Looking for decopauge hints: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hobbies/messages/870.html

48. Solution for toilet-bowl rings: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/house/messages/1153.html

49. Moving as a military wife and MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/military/messages/208.html

50. Add your vote to Penny Pincher's poll, Disneyland or bills?: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/3802.html
http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/3892.html

51. Latest from the humor board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/house/messages/1153.html

52. Appreciation for pets: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/5263.html

53. Add your prayers: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers

54. Featured Transcription Classified ad: New Panasonic Standard Cassette Transcriber Model No. RR-830 with foot pedal and headphones, $160. Eight new reference books: Medical Speller $28; The Medical Word Book, 3rd Edition $30; Pharmaceutical Word Book 1998, $25; Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, edition 17, $25; Stedman's Concise Medical Dictionary with CD-ROM, $25; MT Do's and Don'ts, $20; Lab & Path Words, $20, and more. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

55. Featured Transcription Want ad: Would like to obtain the following: WP5.1, Dorland's Medical Dictionary, Medical Word Book, Surgical Word Book, A Word Book in Lab and Path, and Smartype. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

56. Featured Transcription Bargain ad: Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th (current) edition. $25. See http://www.mtdaily.com/bargain.html

57. Featured General Classified ad: Drake & Drake Pharmaceutical Word Book 2000 for $29.95 and PDR Nurse's Drug Handbook 2000 for $29.95. New Panasonic transcriber microcassette. $250. See http://www.mtdaily.com/Ads/ads.html

58. Featured General Want ad: I am wanting to buy Chartscript. See http://www.mtdaily.com/Ads/wanted.html

THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

1. HIPAA finalized yesterday: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000818/hl/data_1.html

2. Computer vision syndrome: http://www.zdtv.com/zdtv/callforhelp/answerstips/jump/0,3652,2601833,00.html

3. Check out forwarded email stories: http://www.truthorfiction.com/

4. Some Norplant kits ineffective: http://www.ahp.com/releases/wa_081800.htm

5. Embryonic stem cell research unnecessary: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-18-2000/0001293648&EDATE=

6. Lindane polluting water: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-18-2000/0001293627&EDATE=

7. Alzheimer-related gene discovered: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-18-2000/0001293435&EDATE=

8. Hib disease, vaccinations needed: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-17-2000/0001292999&EDATE=

9. The genetic revolution: Incyte now has 500 gene-related patents: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-17-2000/0001292820&EDATE=

10. Healthcare insurance rates going up: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-16-2000/0001291935&EDATE=

11. Personalized online healthcare: http://www.wellcall.com/about/about.htm

12. New two-thumb CPR for infants: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-15-2000/0001290902&EDATE=

13. Do CPR before taking pulse: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000815/hl/cpr_1.html

14. Nurses working on reducing medical errors: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-15-2000/0001290731&EDATE=

15. Genetic research and the danger of disease: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000816/hl/law_genes_1.html

16. Pig implants and the danger of disease: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/2000/20000817/lo/187884_1.html

17. E. coli outbreak in Ohio: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000815/us/brf_e_coli_ohio_1.html

18. Doctors facing changes in healthcare system in England: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000816/hl/britain_doctors_2.html

19. Stromal cells made into nerve cells: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000815/hl/nerves_1.html

20. Study of women with male chromosomes: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000814/hl/sex_genes_1.html

21. Study of recurrent bladder infections: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20000816/hl/study_reveals_why_bladder_infections_recur_1.html

THANK YOU!

Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. I hope our networking with each other will help us all to improve our production and our accuracy with medical records. Have a good weekend! See you online. Circulation 4,853. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

*************P.S. TO MT DAILY ROUNDS, 8/19/00**************

INTRODUCING MT DAILY BOOKSTORE
http://www.mtdaily.com/bookstore
***********************************************************

Cheryl Marting is an MT in Virginia who sells medical books at a discount to medical students. She has helped us to set up the new MT Daily Bookstore, and we are bringing her to the Internet.

Before she did transcription, she trained patients in the use of the TENS unit and worked with Doppler ultrasounds. She has done medical transcription for 22 years. As a widow, she went back to school when her son started college. Her son is now a third year medical student. She became a grandmother in July and she has a Black Labradore named Maggie. And she has a garage full of books!

We invite you to visit the new bookstore and compare the prices.

Thanks to Cheryl, Lora, and David for their help with this project. Write lora@mtdaily.com if you have any questions. -Mary Morken

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 8/25/00***********************

Sponsored by Narratek, maker of Smartype for WP51
http://www.narratek.com
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IMPROVING MEDICAL RECORDS
NEW FREE ONLINE GMT STYLE GUIDE
http://medicaltrans.net/gmt-transcription-rules.html

It seems obvious now that the door to MT is through a home-study course or a local class. There are now almost 30 home-study courses listed on our FAQ. It's safe to say there are several thousand MT students in the United States currently. Even though there is still much to learn when a course is completed, today's new MTs are certainly more prepared before they begin than those of us who learned on the job.

Every good MT is a perennial student of medicine, and with the availability of the Internet we are now expected to research everything that is not yet in the books, just as spellcheckers have raised the expectation that we will spell everything perfectly. And peer-to-peer networking is enabling us to continue learning more efficiently.

As a contribution to the ongoing public education of MTs, especially those who have never taken an MT course, and for the sake of improving patient records, the GMT training program in Hawaii has agreed to make their style guide available online, and it is printable. Send your suggestions and feedback to Jeffrey at GMT. His email is posted with the guide at http://medicaltrans.net/gmt-transcription-rules.html. Of course, the list can be modified for your own use, but it does give us a public reference for those who have no written standards to follow. A lot of time can be wasted in hesitation, wondering, and second-guessing; pinning down rules can improve production.

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including SonoHeart, I-Oxy, First Response, SeedNet, IceSeeds, Visicol, PAVE, Quixin, EpiStar, Atragen, AutoCyte, Beta LT, Insyte AutoGuard-P, Resi-Derm, CardioPass, I-Plant, Alert TD, CryoGuide, and more.

2. New Handicapped Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hparking

3. New board for Mothers of Twins: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/twinmoms

4. Discount books at http://www.mtdaily.com/bookstore

5. Blocking telemarketing calls: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3957.html

6. COBRA question: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3874.html

7. Downtime pay rates: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3688.html

8. Keyboard drawers: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3607.html

9. Finding first names: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3473.html

10. Paid by the minute: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3377.html

11. Figuring quarterly taxes: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3269.html

12. Minimize/maximize from keyboard: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3192.html

13. Wearable computer devices: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3079.html

14. Of mice and women: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/3019.html

15. Doctors using SR/VR: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages17/2974.html

16. L&H & SR: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages5/1539.html

17. YOG & SR: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages5/1592.html

18. What MTs want: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages5/1428.html

19. 3c/min LD: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages5/1364.html

20. Stuck in safe mode: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/4357.html

21. Pay deduction survey: http://www.mtdaily.com/surveys/pay/

22. Free Lego Club memberships: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/1572.html

23. New CMTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4854.html

24. Firefighting husbands: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4787.html

25. Romantic anniversary ideas: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4786.html

26. Forced out of WP51: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4276.html

27. Son with vision problems: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4273.html

28. Birth certificates and adoption: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/4222.html

29. Happy Birthday, Panda Bear: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/8143.html

30. Susan on Survivor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/8062.html

31. Boys easier to raise? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/7979.html

32. Worst airplane trips: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/7842.html

33. Paths to MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/7775.html

34. Odd doctor names: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/7632.html

35. Presidents and the economy: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/politics/messages/5244.html

36. Welcome back, Phil: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/religion/messages4/2728.html

37. Featured Transcription Classified ad: Sanyo memo-scriber TRC-6040 Transcription machine that has barely been used, $175. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

38. Featured Transcription Wanted ad: Need to buy Dictaphone C-phone and re-record equipment. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

39. Featured Bargain ad: The American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine, An A-Z Reference Guide to over 5,000 medical terms including symptoms, diseases, drugs, and treatments. Includes photographs. 1989. Drug Glossary. $15 + $5. See http://www.mtdaily.com/bargain.html

40. Featured General Classified ad: Remington Digital Color Camera w/PhotoStudio Suite 2.0 software, super compact/light-weight; 256x256 CMOS sensor; built-in clear optical viewfinder; 0.2 sec capture speed; parallel (printer) port PC interface; 24 bit color software. Win 95/98 English version compatible. Cost: $54. See http://www.mtdaily.com/Ads/ads.html

41. Featured General Wanted ad: Looking for a ByteScribe wav player with software and license. See http://www.mtdaily.com/Ads/wanted.html

THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

1. L&H begins TASP services: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/000821/ma_lernout.html

2. HIPAA Summit in October: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-24-2000/0001297785&EDATE=

3. First Response early pregnancy test: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-24-2000/0001297327&EDATE=

4. Use of Ecstacy drug increasing: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-23-2000/0001296709&EDATE=

5. Personality tests on the web: http://www.wizardrealm.com/tests/personality.html

6. IQ tests and quizzes: http://www.afunzone.com/quiz.html

7. L&H chooses new American CEO: http://yahoo.cnet.com/news/0-1004-200-2608965.html?pt.yfin.cat_fin.txt.ne

8. Stem cells for lupus: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000825/hl/lupus_1.html

9. Estrogen and memory: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000825/hl/estrogen_1.html

10. Fusion genes and thyroid tumors: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000824/hl/thyroid_2.html

11. Topical PolyAspirin: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000823/hl/aspirin_1.html

12. Immunity building before age 3: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000823/hl/asthma_9.html

13. Airport malaria: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000823/hl/malaria_1.html

THANK YOU! Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter, and thanks to Jeffrey and GMT for their generous gift of an online style guide for MTs at large. Thanks to Cheryl for giving us the great discount on medical books. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. We have the power to make each other better MTs! Have a good weekend! See you online. Circulation 4,870. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com