Providing education, advocacy, information and professional development to promote the delivery of quality post-acute and long-term care medicine.
Drs. Bill Solomon and Bob McCartney were two of the founding fathers of Colorado Medical Directors Association (CMDA) back in the early 1990s. A small group of interested physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing home administrators and pharmacists continued to meet on a monthly basis with the Health Facilities Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) through the 1990s and into the early 2000+ years. CMDA became a 501(c)3 in 2006.
In 2018, the membership voted to change the organization name to CMDA The Colorado Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. CMDA is a state chapter of AMDA The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Several CMDA Past Presidents have gone on to distinguish themselves nationally at AMDA, including the following: Karyn Leible, RN, MD, CMD, President of AMDA 2011-2012; Fred Feinsod, MD, CMD, AMDA Board Member, AMDA Medical Director of the Year 2020; Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, President of AMDA 2018-2019; Leslie Eber, MD, CMD, AMDA Board Member since 2019, AMDA Medical Director of the Year 2021.
CMDA has collaborated with the CDPHE to develop a number of infectious disease protocols with long term care facilities in mind. The protocol offspring can still be found on the CDPHE website regarding TB, Noro, MRSA, etc. Health Department Guidelines. CMDA is currently collaborating with AMDA to include Geriatric Journal Club recordings as a resource for listeners of AMDA On-The-Go, popular podcasts that explore the field of post-acute and long-term care medicine.
CMDA is recognized as a 501(c)3 and is registered by the State of Colorado as a Not-For-Profit Corporation.
CMDA meets monthly. Each April, an annual post-acute and long-term medicine conference is held in partnership with the Colorado Health Care Association/ Colorado Center for Assisted Living (CHCA/ CCAL). Monthly and annual meetings serve to educate and update members with the latest information from CMDA, CHCA/ CCAL, CDPHE, and the State Ombudsman.