What is Meaningful Use? If you ask someone at the US Department of Health & Human Services, he or she may tell you that Meaningful Use is an effort to maximize your electronic health record (EHR) technology to involve patients and caregivers in healthcare decisions or to improve care coordination as well as quality, safety, and efficiency. Read More ›

We see the National Organiza­tion of Rheumatology Man­agers (NORM) Listserv light up daily with members’ practice management questions as well as their ideas and suggested best practices. From understanding the latest healthcare regulations to training new staff members, we know we are in this together. We all struggle to meet the day-to-day requirements of managing a busy rheumatology practice. Read More ›

As administrators, we are forced to juggle more and more because of the Affordable Care Act and its plans to improve the cost of healthcare in the United States. Measuring quality improvement is a great idea, but shouldn’t we have been doing this all along? These last 20 years in the medical field have taught me the good and the bad side of medicine, and practice administrators fight the fight each day. Read More ›

Rheumatology managers re­cently received expert tips and updates on Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) compliance standards, as well as how to prepare a medical practice for an OSHA inspection. Bill Fivek, President and CEO of Total Medical Compliance, discussed these government-mandated requirements at the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) annual conference, held September 12-13, 2014, in Louisville, KY. Read More ›

Rheumatology managers recently received practical advice on how to cultivate optimal interpersonal working conditions as well as maintain healthy and productive relationships while working in medical group practices. Read More ›

A quick review of the evening news will often reveal stories of someone in an organization either doing wrong or blowing the whistle on someone else who did wrong. No organization is immune from having its reputation questioned when an employee or manager is caught violating ethical or legal standards, and the fallout can be damaging in many ways. Read More ›

Autoantibodies are a key feature of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a useful marker in the diagnosis and classification of the disease, as well as to determine its severity and development. Read More ›

Most people are familiar with the old adage about life’s 2 certainties: taxes, like death, are inevitable. But why pay more in taxes than you have to? This article provides 10 potential tax-saving opportunities for 2014. The key is to take the time to evaluate which of these concepts, if any, may work in your situation. Read More ›

Inflammatory autoimmune conditions can affect different body systems, resulting in a variety of diseases involving the joints, skin, brain, and other organs. Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis are among the common chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases affecting millions of Americans annually. Read More ›

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