Hitting All the Right Notes – 15 Years of Rheumatology Excellence

With our 2020 NORM Conference in Austin, TX, we wanted to learn more about our host town. We sat down with Jeff Doggett from Visit Austin, so he could give us the inside scoop on how to act like a local in Austin.
This will be a lot of folk’s first time in Austin. Can you tell us about some of the great attractions nearby?

  • The Congress Avenue Bridge Bats: From April to October, Austin, TX is home to around one million free-tailed bats that emerge from the bridge at sunset. Check out this out for yourself!
  • Congress Avenue Kayaks: If you’re an adventure seeker, hop on and explore Austin by water.
  • Tour the Moody Theater: This is the home of the Austin City Limits television show. 

Can you tell us about anything within walking distance people should check out while we stay in town? 

Check out the Texas State Capitol Building. It’s so beautiful and perfect for social media pictures!

What is something unique folks could do in Austin in an afternoon? 

Check out the shopping in SOCO (South Congress).

Do you have any suggested links where people can go for more information? 

Visitaustin.org or do512.com

Let’s play a game of fill in the blank!

  • If you’re looking for a good time at night in Austin, you should… Hangout on Rainey Street.
  •  If you’ve never eaten in Austin, you have to try our… BBQ! Terry Blacks, Franklin’s, Micklewait Craft Meats.
  •  If you brought your kids to Austin, they’d love… The Thinkery.
  •  If you’re looking to relax in Austin, you should go to… Hike The Barton Creek Greenbelt.
  • If you want to sound like a local say… Town Lake (It’s not Lady Bird Lake).
  • If you want to eat like a local… Try a breakfast taco at Taco Deli.
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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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