Keep Austin weird

Our 2020 NORM Conference in Austin, TX September 24-26 is going to be commemorating NORMs 15-year anniversary. It marks a huge milestone for NORM, and where better to spend it than in ATX?


Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World and for its slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.” The city adopted the slogan in 2002 to promote independent businesses, and it perfectly encapsulates the creative, quirky, outdoorsy feeling. This fun vibe is sure to complement how much fun NORM members have when we are together, and this is guaranteed to be one of our most memorable conferences yet!


A block away from the conference is 6th Street. This are is rich in history with many of its buildings built by 1880, much of it in two-three-story commercial Victorian masonry. 6th Street has been in the heart of Austin’s entertainment district for centuries- meaning tons of restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, comedy clubs and dancing.

Fun Tip: You can check out to narrow down the perfect places to visit based on your preferences!

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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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