Medical Transcriptionist Salary

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How much does a medical transcriptionist make? Medical transcriptionists earn an average salary for the work they perform. A medical transcriptionist's job is to listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals, then transcribe this information into correspondence, medical reports, and other administrative material. The medical transcriptionist typically listen to recordings on a headset, during which they use a foot pedal for pausing the recording as needed. medical transcriptionists type the recorded text into a personal computer or word processor, during which they edit the text as necessary for clarity and grammar. Documents produced by medical transcriptionist include operative reports, consultation reports, medical history, discharge summaries, physical examination reports, diagnostic-imaging studies, progress notes, autopsy reports, and referral letters. Once transcription is completed medical transcriptionists return these transcribed documents to the physicians or other healthcare professionals who dictated them for review for correction or signature, where these documents become part of patients' permanent files.

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Healthcare providers generally use digital or analog dictating equipment to transmit dictation to medical transcriptionists. Medical transcriptionists may also receive dictation over the Internet, quickly able to return transcribed documents to their clients for approval. An increasingly popular method uses speech recognition technology, electronically translating recorded voice sounds into text and creates drafts of reports. Medical transcriptionists then format these reports, edit them for grammar, translation mistakes, and punctuation; and check for medical consistency and wording that doesn't make sense.

Medical transcriptionists must understand and accurately transcribe dictated medical reports, with an understanding of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology, and treatment assessments. The transcriptionists must be able to translate medical abbreviations and medical jargon into their expanded forms. When transcribing they must identify terms appropriately, referring to standard medical reference materials, and follow confidentiality rules associated with medical records.

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) awards two certifications for training: Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). Medical transcriptionist graduates of medical transcription educational programs or with fewer than 2 years experience in acute care may become a registered RMT upon successfully passing the AHDI level-1 registered medical transcription exam. To obtain the CMT designation there must be at least 2 years of acute care experience using different format, dictation, and report types in multiple-specialty surgery areas, and earning a passing score when taking a certification examination.

Medical transcriptionist employment is projected to grow as fast as the average with job opportunities good, particularly for those who are certified. Growth of medical transcriptionist jobs is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 to 2018.

How much does a medical transcriptionist make per hour?

A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for a medical transcriptionist was $16.03.

Industry And Hourly Wages

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $16.58

Offices of Physicians $15.58

Business Support Services $14.92

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $18.60

Outpatient Care Centers $15.80

How much does a medical transcriptionist make per year?

The median yearly salary for a medical transcriptionist according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $33,350.

Industry And Annual Wages

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $34,480

Offices of Physicians $32,410

Business Support Services $31,040

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $38,680

Outpatient Care Centers $32,870

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