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Study Links Certified Medical Director with Improved Nursing Home Quality
A study, commissioned by the American Medical Directors Certification Program (now the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) found that having a CMD contributes positively to a nursing home’s quality of care. Analysis of data showed that quality scores represented a 15% improvement in quality for facilities with certified medical directors (CMDs). The study appears in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). Access the article online here or by clicking here to download the pdf.
The ABPLM CMD program is administered by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM), an independent not-for-profit organization. Applications for certification are reviewed by the ABPLM Board of Directors twice each year, in June and December. New CMDs are recognized at the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine annual conference each year.
Since the program's inception, over 3,800 physician medical directors have received the CMD designation.
Medical directors in post-acute and long-term care settings including: skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, veterans affairs, subacute care, home care, and hospice are eligible for certification. For eligibility information click here. To find out more about ABPLM pre-approved CMD hours toward certification or recertification, click here.
Once awarded, certification is valid for six years, after which recertification is required to maintain ABPLM CMD status.
If you have any questions about certification, contact the ABPLM director at 410-992-3117 or email@example.com.
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) and is exploring development of a credential for attending physicians in post-acute and long-term care settings.
The certification process is based on evidence of clinical and management education and experience.
Certified Medical Director (CMD) Application Process
CMD applications are downloadable from the links below.
If you have difficulty downloading the forms, contact the ABPLM director, at 410-740-9743 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are reviewed twice each year. Due dates for applications are April 1 and October 1.