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They've also changed the price !!!
Superior and the insurance companies went from demanding only RNs or MDs (for $25 and $40 respectively) to allowing everyone to do them for...
Here it comes...
Just about there...
A WHOPPING $15
I watched their video on how to do these and the video alone was almost 12 minutes long. And that was just to explain the process to not-so-cognitively-impaired adult examiners. So how long do you think it'll take to ACTUALLY DO THESE on live, geriatric people? My estimate is one to one and a half hours on average. An extra 60 - 90 minutes for that whopping extra $15. Oh yeah, and the added benefit of dealing with some pissed off elderly clients when they realize their entire exam takes 2 - 3 hours.
The RN and MD experiment was a miserable, abject failure. They wanted nothing to do with them even at significantly higher prices than they're offering examiners (I think there's a message in there for all of us). So now they're going to see if they can get examiners to do them, and for less money, to boot.
The RNs and MDs sent a very clear message: pay a lot more for them or get lost.
Now's our chance to see how examiners score on the stupidity scale.
Will we do the same and tell them to pay more or get lost or will we send our own message: keep on sending us low paying crap work. We'll do it. We'll do anything for a few extra scraps.
I know sometimes not getting any response feels like ...why make the effort? But look at how many have looked at the post - that is what you need to go by.
Thanks for sharing.
On another note, it seems like if I'm taking a history on the computer I tend to get less long winded story telling with a complicated history and are able to get "just the facts, ma'am" a little easier. Anyone else notice this? I really wish more companies would get on board with SMART exams. They seem to take about 5 minutes more in the home, but no paperwork to push around when I get home? Yes, please. No missed signatures or boxes not checked? YES, PLEASE!
They've already raised the price $5 so I guess examiners aren't turning out to be that stupid after all. Examiners are obviously turning them away in significant numbers.
At $20 I didn't even reply. For 60 - 90 minutes of my time I want at least what I would get paid for the same amount of regular exam work I could do in that amount of time. So even $40 is pretty thin.
As for Smart exams, if there's even 1 or 2 yes answers, they take longer with all those dropdown follow up questions. And I'm still pretty uncomfortable with not having copies of my work. I've already had some pay issues where a copy of the paperwork would've saved me a lot of time and grief.
Then there's the angry factor. Getting halfway through the exam and having to start over on paper really burns me and the patients aren't too thrilled about it either. Add in the equipment costs and how poorly they pay and I'll gladly spend an extra 10 seconds double checking my work for completeness and signatures. That's a tiny price to pay compared to all the down sides of E-exams.
Plus I haven't even viewed any video on this, so I probably should not even be getting these assigned to me. I am getting tired of taking crap orders, but need to work!
that is unless you like being taken advantage of AND getting underpaid for it, to boot.
if you were dumb enough to say you need the work (altho taking crap work @ crap prices is pretty much the same as saying it out loud) you made your bed and now you have to lie in it.
i'll listen to and sympathize with people bitching all day long if they do something about it (refuse, demand more money, etc.) but i have no sympathy for those who cave. you had a choice and you have nobody to blame but yourself for choosing badly.
Let me make something clear. The REASON that I sometimes get few and sloppy second orders is BECAUSE I called the PC and demanded an increase for the quality work that I am doing for them. They agreed to the increase but made it clear that as result of that- more work would be assigned to examiners who were willing to do the work for less. I stuck to my guns and they have stuck to theirs. I offset that as best I can with other misc wellness assignments, mobile draws, etc....but I do have bills to pay like everyone else and occasionally I may HAVE to take a couple of orders that I wished payed better in order to make ends meet on a case by case basis. It's MY choice, and you do not know my circumstances.
I am not an "unhappy examiner". I love the flexibility and control that I get as an independent contractor and business owner, and I love what I do and am quite good at it. I am working hard in a densely populated area with many competing examiners, but I am not "GO"ing anywhere..............I will continue to fight for better pay, building my own client base and picking and choosing what I DO and DO NOT wish to take on.
I like coming onto this site and having the opportunity to extract good bits of info and listen to other peoples experience and advice UNTIL SOMEONE SUCH AS YOURSELF GETS ON YOUR HIGH HORSE AND DECIDES TO BE JUDGMENTAL AND OPINIONATED.
Something we often forget,but I always keep that in mind. Keep doing what your doing. I know for a fact the EC have a
hard time keeping quality examiners. The clients are soo often no showed, that it's becoming routine. The examiners
are pissed because they have just figured out that the exam they agreed to do barely pays for gas. Turnover in this business
is so rampant, that's because the economy is getting better and most are running for the hills to get the hell out of this.
I'm with you I'm going nowhere. My business is improving more and more every day.My agents appreciate the hell out of me,
even the ones I want to go away because the IC they write for pays like crap.
So hang in there you will eventually reap the benefits of your experience and good work ethics.Now is a good time also to
pass those business cards out again. They have probably lost them or changed office staff.Keep your face front and center.
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