We talked with current president, Ethel Owen, to get her perspective about her time with NORM. Pictured above on the left with NORM board member Donnie Craig.
When/how long have you been on the board?
I’ve been on the NORM board of directors since 2007. Currently I serve as the president of this fabulous organization. My term will last two years, and will expire at the end of our 2017 Annual conference.
What are you looking forward to most with NORM?
I look forward to the continued growth and educational opportunities of the organization. We can make a positive difference within our practices, and on the lives of our patients. As healthcare changes continue in the coming years NORM is committed to educating and keeps our members informed. We will continue to do this with our web ex opportunities, active listserv and our annual conference. I look forward to seeing our manager members and our corporate members and sponsors at our 2016 conference! I enjoy getting together will my peers every year. It’s the highlight of my professional life.
What are your goals for NORM?
My goals this year is to continue working to bring rheumatology specific information, education and advocacy to our membership
What new initiatives do you look forward to for 2016?
I don’t look forward to the massive undertaking, but we all must work together to stop the CMS ASP reduction.
What drove you to become president?
The Board of Directors and my commitment to the NORM Organization
Could you tell us a unique experience or funny memory you’ve had as president?
I’ve had many unique experiences and one stands out. I was invited by CSRO to represent NORM in Washington at a meeting with CMS and CMMI on April 22nd along with Andrea Zlatkus, Vice President of NORM , Dr. Madelaine Feldman, Vice President of CSRO and Dr. Michael Schweitz Past President of the CSRO to express our concerns about the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model Proposed Rule.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add about your time as president?
It has been my please to work alongside a dedicated Board of Directors. Each of these individuals offers unique insights and experiences while working harmoniously and unselfishly for the betterment of the NORM Organization!
Anytime you have an opportunity to help lead an organization that supports so many rheumatology managers while they support their patients and physicians, you will find many rewards.Posted by