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October 2021


California legislates Certified Medical Director (CMD) certification of medical directors in long-term care facilities. This bill would prohibit a skilled nursing facility from contracting with a person as a medical director if the person is not, or will not be within 5 years of the date of initial hire as the facility’s medical director, certified by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, or an equivalent organization as determined by the department, as a Certified Medical Director. Under the bill, a medical director already employed in a skilled nursing facility as of January 1, 2022, would have until January 1, 2027, to become a Certified Medical Director. Visit the California website for details or click to download the text of AB 749.

July 2021

ABPLM Survey Supports Key Role of Attending Physicians in Quality Care. A recent article in JAMDA details a job analysis of attending physicians in long-term/post-acute care that documents the unique and specific role they play in this setting.


April 2020


Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the ABPLM Board of Directors has temporarily extended to two years the grace period for recertification and has waived the live CME education credit requirements for recertification.

May 2019


Updates to policies and procedures on certification and recertification were sent out via email to current CMDs on May 1, 2019, and are posted on this website at

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