The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) was developed in 2005 as a subset of the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organization (CSRO) and was the first professional society dedicated exclusively to Rheumatology Managers.
Fifty managers and physicians attended the first conference which addressed the need for education on rheumatology-specific practice management issues.
The phenomenal growth of the membership necessitated NORM separating from CSRO in 2011. We became a 501c6 organization registered in Virginia. We continue to be good friends with our “parents” at CSRO but both organizations are operated independently.
In 2013, NORM formed NORM Ventures, a for-profit entity. This development made it possible for NORM to then become a joint partner with Metro Medical (now Cardinal) in the first rheumatology-specific group purchase organization (GPO) in the United States! Cornerstone GPO continues to drive value for our membership with not only drug savings but discounted access to services.
In 2020, NORM transitioned to doing business as the National Organization of Rheumatology Management. Not all leaders in rheumatology hold the title of manager, and this change was done to reflect the broader nature of our membership.
NORM has enjoyed tremendous growth since our humble beginnings and is excited for the future where we will continue to improve and enhance our services for the ever-evolving rheumatology community.