CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Medical Transcriptionists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction. Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
 
Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
 
Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
 
Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
 
Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
 
Take dictation using either shorthand or a stenotype machine, or using headsets and transcribing machines; then convert dictated materials or rough notes to written form.
 
Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
 
Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
 
Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
 
Answer inquiries concerning the progress of medical cases, within the limits of confidentiality laws.
 
Set up and maintain medical files and databases, including records such as x-ray, lab, and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries, and clinical resumes.
 
Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks, such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing, and operating office machines.
 
Decide which information should be included or excluded in reports.
 
Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.
 
Receive and screen telephone calls and visitors.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Boston Bar Systems Corporation Sonnet Word processing software
 
Bytescribe Development Company WavPlayer Word processing software
 
Calendar software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
Crescendo Systems Corporation MedRite-XL Medical software
 
Crescendo Systems DigiScribe-XL Voice recognition software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Electronic medical record EMR systems Medical software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Emmaus MPWord Word processing software
 
Integrated Systems Management OmniMD Medical software
 
MedQuist DocQment Enterprise Platform Medical software
 
Medical terminology databases Information retrieval or search software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Misys Healthcare Systems software Medical software
 
Narratek Smartype Word processing software
 
Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Voice recognition software
 
Patient billing software Accounting software
 
Precision Data Solutions VoicePower Word processing software
 
SpectraMedi EasyFlow Medical software
 
SpeedType Word processing software
 
SpeedUp Trans Word processing software
 
Spellex AccuCount Spell checkers
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Sylvan Software Complete Medical Pharmaceutical Spell Checker Spell checkers
 
Sylvan Software DropChute Pro Desktop communications software
 
Sylvan Software ShortCut Word processing software
 
Voice recognition software Voice recognition software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
dBase Plus Data base user interface and query software
 
g-net solutions MTP Voice recognition software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Desktop transcribers Dictation machines
 
Dictaphones Dictation machines
 
Fax machines Facsimile machines
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Postage meters Franking or postage machines
 
Transcribing equipment Dictation machines
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Coding Specialist
Certified Medical Coder
Certified Medical Transcriptionist
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Data Transcriber
Documentation Specialist
Medical Administrative Specialist
Medical Coding Technician
Medical Language Specialist
Medical Record Transcriber
Medical Secretary
Medical Stenographer
Medical Transcriber
Medical Transcription Supervisor
Medical Transcriptionist
Pathology Transcriptionist
Radiology Transcriptionist
Registered Medical Transcriptionist
Transcribing Machine Operator
Transcriptionist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Medical Transcriptionists
 
 
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