Rheumatology Practice Management June 2018 Vol 6 No 3

NORM as a Partner in the Success of Your Rheumatology Practice

NORM is here to partner with you to chart a course of continued success and sustainability. Change is never easy, but in the rheumatology world, it is a constant. Preparing our physicians and staff to anticipate changes and effectively navigate them is part of our job as leaders within our practices.

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New Leaders in Rheumatology Bootcamp: A Perfect Precursor to the 2018 Annual NORM Conference

Are you ready to take charge and navigate through the choppy seas of medical practice management? Overcoming this challenge is infinitely easier when you have access to the right tools and individuals who can show you how to use them.

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Why NORM Needs Social Media—and Your Practice Does Too

The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers’ (NORM) journey into social media started approximately 5 years ago when I graduated from North Carolina State University with my Master’s degree in communications.

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NORM’s Membership Committee Is Dedicated to Helping Your Practice Thrive

The most challenging job for the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers’ (NORM) Membership Committee is making the first contact with a practice. Once that contact has been made, and the committee member has the opportunity to explain all of the benefits of membership, the rest is easy.

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New Hampshire Enforcement of USP 797: An Update and Next Steps

New Hampshire Senate Bill 581 (SB581) was introduced into the New Hampshire Senate in January 2018. It amends the definition of “compounding” to preclude the preparation of a single dose of a nonhazardous, commercially available drug or licensed biologic for administration to an individual patient prepared in accordance with the manufacturer’s approved labeling. Read More ›


Xeljanz/Xeljanz XR (Tofacitinib/Tofacitinib XR), an Oral JAK Inhibitor, Now Approved for Adults with Active Psoriatic Arthritis

Although psoriatic arthritis most often affects the distal joints in the fingers and toes, the disease can also affect the lower back, wrists, knees, and ankles.

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Strategies for Successfully Implementing Change in Your Practice

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the state of your practice and although you know that change is necessary, you have no idea where to begin? I often hear, “Our practice is so busy, and we have changes that must be made to report successful results to CMS for MIPS.

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Update on the 1995 and 1997 Evaluation and Management Documentation Guidelines

The first question attempted to broadly elicit ways to reduce the burden associated with the documentation of patient E&M visits. The second question was designed to gain input from attendees on approaches that other payers take to both payment and documentation regarding E&M visits.

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New Recommendations May Increase Out-of-Pocket RA Treatment Costs for Medicare Part D Recipients

Dr Doshi and colleagues used the study sample to predict what costs would have been using the MedPAC proposals and found that for patients using specialty RA drugs, the OOP costs would remain front loaded into the beginning of the year, ranging from $512 to $1076 per month from January to May.

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Depression Doubles Total Healthcare Costs in Patients with Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

The researchers observed that previous studies of dermatologic diseases have shown a much higher prevalence of depression in patients with CLE—in some cases double or triple that of the general population.

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