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Covid-19 Recertification Grace Period Ends
June 30, 2024

Submit your recertification application before the Covid-19 grace period for recertification ends. Deadlines for applications are October 1, 2023 or April 1, 2024. If you are past due for recertification, submit your application before the grace period ends on June 30, 2024 or you will lose your CMD credential.

California Legislation Mandates CMD Certification for Skilled Nursing Home Medical Directors

California Assembly Bill AB 749 requires nursing home medical directors in California to be certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (ABPLM). AB 749 will help ensure that every medical director in California is prepared to provide effective oversight of quality and safety in their nursing homes. Find out more about this legislation and about the process to become certified by the ABPLM.

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Certified Medical Director (CMD) Certification

The American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (formerly the AMDA Certified Medical Director Program) was developed by the American Medical Directors Association (now AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) in 1991, after three years of research and development using surveys, consensus conferences, and experts to define the core skills and knowledge necessary for effective medical direction. The ABPLM currently offers a certification program for medical directors in post-acute and long-term care medicine (ABPLM CMD). 


Certification is based on evidence of clinical and management education and experience, which is documented through an application process.


Initial Certification Eligibility Requirements


Recertification or Reinstatement Eligibility Requirements

The Value of an Engaged Medical Director

Hiring Certified Medical Directors for nursing homes can greatly benefit your nursing home chain by providing expert leadership and guidance in the delivery of healthcare services. These professionals have undergone rigorous training in geriatric medicine and are well-versed in the unique needs of older adults. They are committed to staying current on the latest research and best practices, ensuring that residents receive the highest quality care possible. In addition, Certified Medical Directors can work closely with staff and families to create a positive and supportive environment that promotes healing and wellness. Investing in the expertise of a Certified Medical Director can ultimately lead to improved outcomes and a better overall experience for residents.

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