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In a recent interview, Ms Zlatkus shared comments about her aspirations as President of NORM and Editor-in-Chief of RPM.

At the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) 2017 Annual Conference, September 14-16, in Kansas City, MO, our expert speakers and educational sessions will help you further develop your management skills and successfully lead your practice into the future.
The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) is pleased to announce that we have joined forces with several patient and provider groups, including the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (CSRO), the American College of Rheumatology, the Global Healthy Living Foundation, the Rheumatology Nurses Society, and the Arthritis Foundation (AF) to form the Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP).

Rheumatology Practice Management (RPM) will be providing a valuable new resource to our readers. Beginning in June, we will be featuring a Coding Corner section, with the goal of helping practice managers stay informed of pertinent issues concerning medical billing and coding, denials, and appeal protocols.

In the coming year, NORM and Rheumatology Practice Management will strive to provide practice managers with the information and resources they need to deliver quality patient care.

In our last issue, we discussed ways for rheumatology practice managers, physicians, healthcare professionals, and patients to get involved and raise awareness about concerns surrounding the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model Proposed Rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Andrea and I wanted to share our Washington, DC, experience and encourage our membership to continue to oppose the Part B Drug Demonstration Project.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce all of our valued readers to Ethel Owen, the new Editor-in-Chief of Rheumatology Practice Management (RPM). I have known Ethel for many years and she has been instrumental in my growth as a rheumatology practice manager. Her qualifications make her a perfect choice for the Editor-in-Chief position. I look forward to serving on her editiorial board.
When the federal Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) rollercoaster ended in repeal, physicians across the country sighed with relief. There would be no more waiting for Congress to modify the automatic double-digit reductions that the annual SGR calculations threatened. However, the reality of the new reimbursement adjustments looming from the legislation that replaced the SGR, now known as MACRA (Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act), is right around the corner.
Just when you thought grade school and report cards were a distant memory, here comes a loud wake-up call. Report cards and grading systems are now (or soon will be) very visible parts of our future as healthcare providers. We may create the scores ourselves, publicize rankings we earn, or be judged by rankings that others place on us. The implications of these new grading systems are going to be significant for our business volume and for the payments we receive for the care being delivered.
Now that ICD-10 has become a reality, oncology practices are still going to face uncertain income, unready payers, delays in payment, and possible take-backs of paid monies following audits after the fact.
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