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Mission, Value Statements and History

AMDA's Mission

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is dedicated to excellence in patient care and provides education, advocacy, information and professional development to promote the delivery of quality post-acute and long-term care medicine.

AMDA is a democratic organization governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by a House of Delegates, with delegates from 43 state chapters. In 1992, AMDA joined the House of Delegates of both the American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine and was recognized as a specialty society of these organizations.

Although the association's name reveals its origins, the reality is that AMDA has always served the interests of both medical directors and attending physicians. Because the vast majority of medical directors also serve as attending physicians, their issues have been inextricably woven into all of the association's activities.

Strategic Plan

To learn more about the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, click here.

Value Statements

Approved by the AMDA Board of Directors, March 23, 2011

AMDA – Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine is committed to:

  • Serving as an information source on clinical, management, administrative, leadership, and advocacy issues of interest to members and others providing long term care, adhering to best practices.
  • Engaging in proactive, targeted advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues, as well as providing the information and tools necessary to participate in advocacy efforts on a national and state level.
  • Promoting members’ dedication to quality care, knowledgeable and compassionate leadership, and innovative efforts to ensure the excellence in their professional endeavors.
  • Supporting teamwork in the long term care environment, designed to result in quality care, reduced staff turnover, and staff/resident/family satisfaction.
  • Focusing on person-centered care, serving as compassionate and dependable patient/family advocates, and encouraging patient/family involvement in care decisions to maximize quality care and optimize outcomes.
  • Providing evidence-based tools that promote and facilitate high-quality clinical care for long term care patients.
  • Supporting the role of the physician in long term care, both as medical director and attending physician.
  • Promoting certification for long term care physicians that recognizes the dual clinical and administrative roles of the medical director.

A Brief History of AMDA

The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), was officially chartered in June, 1978, when Dr. James Pattee (as the AMA's representative) and Mr. Herman Gruber (of the AMA Aging Committee staff) went to Hilton Head, South Carolina, to swear in Dr. William Dodd as founding president of the organization. Dr. Dodd, a family practitioner based in Macon, Georgia, recognized the need to organize and educate physicians who would fulfill the role of the physician medical director created by federal mandate in 1975.

The association stayed in Georgia until 1988, when it moved to Washington, DC, where it could better influence the momentous changes ushered in by the passage of OBRA '87. Indeed, AMDA commented on virtually every regulation stemming from the OBRA '87 legislation. This increased activity in national public policy began a period of membership building that attracted younger primary-care physicians who were becoming increasingly involved in long term care.

At a 2002 Strategic Planning meeting, the Association's leadership identified the following Priority Areas and Overall Goals:

  1. Establish AMDA as the premier information source on patient care in the long-term care continuum.
  2. Preserve, promote, and expand the involvement of physicians in the long-term care continuum.
  3. Develop initiatives that allow for AMDA’s growth and sustainability.
  4. Increase the knowledge base, clinical skills and excellence of care in the long-term care continuum.

Building on these goals, the association has grown to be a recognized expert on clinical practice and physician leadership in long term care. In December 2006, the Board of Directors and staff met to discuss plans for the association’s future. From that meeting a set of strategic questions and options were developed and shared with the membership and other long term care stakeholders which ultimately resulted in the following goals:

  1. Clarify and strengthen AMDA’s place in the health care environment.
  2. Advance the performance and practice of medical directors, attending physician and others on the interdisciplinary team.
  3. Stabilize and strengthen membership and state chapters.
  4. Optimize AMDA governance and operations to foster maximum stability and strength for the future.

To further this, AMDA has incorporated a strategic planning process and philosophy into its ongoing operations — including a yearly review of strategic progress at the Board of Director’s interim meeting held in the late Fall.


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