Archive for June, 2016

NORM Letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Medicare Program: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models Click here to view the Word document. Dear Mr. Slavitt: The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers is a 501(c) (6) organization representing over three hundred and seventy (370) rheumatology managers. Our mission statement […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Website Presence

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When most people have a medical question or need to find a doctor, they begin their search by consulting the internet. This is why the health of your website is so important. If your practice doesn’t show up in search engine results, your patients won’t find you. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you must […]

5 Tips for Hiring a New Physician

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Hiring a new physician is a huge undertaking which has a lasting impact on your practice. Finding exceptional candidates who make patient safety and satisfaction a top priority benefits both your patients and your practice, since physicians who enhance your reputation are vital to long-term success. We recently spoke to Iris Nichols of Arthritis & […]

The Benefits of an In-House Pharmacy

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When it comes to making sure your rheumatology patients get the medications they need, there are a number of different options your practice or clinic can choose. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of some of these options, so that you can make the best choice for your business […]

Y’all Ready for Mobile, AL?

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With our 2016 NORM Conference is in Mobile, AL in September 16 and 17, we wanted to learn more about our host town. We sat down with Stacy Hamilton, VP of Marketing and Communications for Visit Mobile, so she could give us the inside scoop on how to act like a local in the Azalea […]

  • 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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