2016 Annual Conference ~ General Sessions


Change, Change, and More Change
2016 General Sessions

We know the Value Based World is just around the corner and it is going to impact how rheumatology practices do business. Is the stress and/or fear becoming overwhelming?  Under the current proposed MACRA rule, our practice encounters starting January 1, 2017 will affect our future payments.  This is only weeks away!!  With all of these changes, the 2016 NORM Conference is the place to be this September 15-17. The conference is in Mobile, AL.

Donnie Craig, NORM Board Member, stated in a recent listserv message that

I personally could not imagine life as a Rheumatology Manager without NORM and our Conferences.  Every year I leave the Conference with a renewed vitality and armed with tools and information to bring back to my practice.  I also leave there knowing that whatever comes my way, I have made friends who will be there to help me and support me as I deal with it.  TOGETHER WE ARE SO AWESOME!!!!

The 2016 conference will provide you with the tools you need to ensure that your practice is taking the steps to prepare for the upcoming changes. The conference also provides you with the opportunity to network with other practice managers who are facing the same challenges in their rheumatology practice.

Christine Grossman, ESQ, Vice President, Quality and Payment Innovation with Hart Health Strategies (HHS), will provide the most up-to-date information on MACRA and MIPS. She will also provide information on attribution as well as the steps you can take now to prepare for the future. Before joining HHS Ms. Grossman was an attorney for CMS bringing a wealth of knowledge with her about these quality programs.

Our Keynote Speaker, Pam Beitlich, MSN, ARNP, RN and a National Speaker for the Studer Group. With all the changes that will occur in the next year you have to find a way to make the required behavior changes stay with your staff. Pam believes that you will need to have expert communication skills to build the interpersonal relationships necessary to help you lead your practice through the sea of changes. Her presentation titled Making Excellence Stick will provide you with the skills necessary to make these changes stick.

Dr. Deborah Keegan’s presentation on Competing in a Value-Based World will help you realign your revenue cycles and patient flow processes to the Value-Based World. According to Ms. Keegan through her presentation you will learn strategies to align your revenue cycle with value based payment and learn how to align your delivery system to improve value to payers and patients.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC will begin the day with her presentation on Mastering Patient Flow: Moving from Volume to Value.  Through this presentation you will learn additional steps to help you improve the operations of your practice. These steps include streamlining front desk operations, reducing appointment no-shows, and at least four additional steps.

Biosimilars Are Coming and Thomas Felix, MD will talk about the Key Considerations for Rheumatology Practice Managers. Biosimilars are being developed to lower health care costs and improve access to care. Dr. Felix said that you will “hear the latest on policy considerations that will govern how these products will be approved, identified, and incorporated into clinical practice.”

Saturday ends with the NEC’s presentation on Ancillary Services: To Do or Not To Do? How Do We Answer this Question. The committee has been working diligently to develop a strong presentation that will help you review potential ancillary services for your office, teach you how to complete a proforma analysis, and finally how to create and plan the workflow processes needed to execute the ancillary services into your practice. They conclude with tips on billing JW modifier and modifier for biosimilars.

Mask-for-BlogOn Wednesday learn about on the various breakout sessions and how they will help your practice unmask your future in Rheumatology.

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  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
  • Thanks to all those wonderful people in the NORM Network who respond to emails, offering their advice, experience, time, and support ... I haven't even been a member a full year yet and I am amazed at the dedication of everyone who responds to helping via emails and the NORM Organization itself! I have barely had a chance to explore the resources and I have yet to really dive into requests for help still I am silently learning so much and do occasionally offer what I can! Thank you all!- Cheryl Piambino, Kenneth E. Bresky, DO

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