The Final Month of Summer 2019

Can you believe it is already August? If you are like me, you are sad that this is the last FULL month of summer left for 2019. I hope your summer has been as enjoyable as mine, as we often take it for granted. The joy of summer brings a whole new essence of care-free living and a, “no worries” mentality. While this is great, sometimes it’s important to remember the important things.

I often struggle in the summer time to make it to the gym. Simply because I like to spend my weekends at the beach, and in order for me to do so, I need to wake up extra early in order to get a good workout in and eat breakfast. So sometimes it can be a struggle. Regardless of the effort it takes to get out of bed some mornings, I always do so and at the end of each workout, I can say that I am glad that I did!

During my time as a trainer, the hardest months to train were during the summer believe it or not. This is because everyone wanted to spend the time that they had outdoors or doing summer activities. While this is great, it’s also important to know that it takes time to see change and it takes just as much effort.

Believe me, as soon as fall comes around and the weather starts cooling off, it becomes even more challenging to work to become your better self. Because what does fall entail? Thanksgiving, looser and heavier clothes, football (beer and wings), all sorts of great things…but add obstacles to your goals! Please stay focused.

Soak in this last full month of summer, enjoy it with your family, get outside! But there never is a wrong time to better your health and life! 

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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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