RPA Welcomes Adonia Calhoun Groom as New Executive Director

RPA Welcomes Adonia Calhoun Groom as New Executive Director

RPA New Hire

Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2022) – The Renal Physicians Association recently announced Adonia Calhoun Groom, CAE, CMP as their new Executive Director. Groom brings 25 years of professional experience in a variety of associations and professional societies. She joins RPA from her most recent role as CEO of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Groom previously also served as Associate Executive Director for American Thyroid Association (ATA). She worked with ATA for 13 years, progressing up the organization through a variety of promotions. Groom possesses a strong managerial style and enjoys empowering team members to perform effectively in their roles by providing the appropriate tools and training.

Groom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University. She was also previously an ASAE Diversity and Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar.

About RPA

The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) is a national medical specialty society established in 1973 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit.

RPA is unique among nephrology associations in its focus on supporting practitioners in the business of running practices as well as being a trusted advocate and effective driver of health-care policy. Pivotal in forming kidney care policy from the beginning of the Medicare end stage renal disease (ESRD) benefit to the latest value-based care proposals from Medicare’s Innovation Center (CMMI), RPA is at the forefront of kidney policy. Additionally, RPA is the only kidney society representing nephrologists on the American Medical Society’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Relative Value Update (RUC) Committees, where codes are created and valued.

As value-based care emerges as the focus of health-care reform in the US, it holds the potential for providing better health outcomes while also potentially reducing costs of care for patients including those with kidney disease, who account for a large portion of health-care costs within the traditional fee-for-service model of care. As a forward-looking association, RPA is leading its members through the changing landscape of care delivery, payor models, and overall payment reform.

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