The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) was “born” in 2005 following an initial conference in September hosted by CSRO and dedicated exclusively to Rheumatology Managers.
More than 50 managers and physicians were in attendance at that conference which identified the existence of rheumatology specific practice management issues.
Our growth has been staggering, over 500% in 10 years! We continue to improve our organization and our conference in response to that interest.
Our 2006 and 2007 Conferences were held in St. Petersburg, FL and St. Louis, MO respectively with increased attendance and exhibitor participation. NORM’s membership continued to grow by nearly 50% in 2 years.
In 2008, 100 of our 115 members attended our conference in Scottsdale, AZ which was lengthened to a full day Friday, and ¾ day Saturday. NORM membership also participated in a benchmarking survey with a recap of the results presented at the meeting. NORM’s steady growth continued in 2009, 142 members and 135 of them in attendance at the conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. In response to member input, the executive board added breakout sessions to the 2009 meeting.
2010 was a milestone year for NORM – our 5th year in existence and a membership that had quadrupled since our “birth”!! We had over 200 members! Attendance at this conference in Las Vegas, NV numbered some 163 practice administrators, practice managers and physician managers from 36 states. We added roundtables to allow members a final opportunity to discuss the presentations and to network with their colleagues from across the country.
Our 2011 and 2012 conference agendas were enhanced to meet the ever-changing needs of our growing membership. Fort Myers, FL was the location of our 2011 conference, with Fort Worth, TX the venue for 2012. The 2012 conference boasted our largest attendance to date – 175 members.
2013 found us on the west coast in beautiful Long Beach, CA. Our conference attendance was slightly decreased due to a scheduling conflict, but our membership has exceeded even our most ambitious expectations – we numbered 269!
Louisville, KY hosted our 2014 conference. NORM’s membership continues to grow with almost 300 members in 2014 from over 40 states. The conference agenda was enhanced this year to offer multiple opportunities to attend the various breakout sessions.
In September 2015 NORM celebrated its 10th anniversary in Bellevue, WA with over 200 attendees. NORM’s membership has grown to over 350 members in 47 states.
Mobile, AL will host the 2016 conference. The host hotel is the Renaissance Riverview Marriott and the conference events will be in the convention center next to the hotel.