“The mission of
FMDA is to promote the highest quality care as patients’ transition through
the long term care continuum. FMDA is dedicated to providing leadership,
professional education and advocacy for the inter-professional team.”
Medical Directors Association will reach out to all long-term care
professionals through dissemination of information and access to resources.
FMDA will become the premier organization for providing leadership and
education for best care practices, evidence based medicine, regulatory
compliance and practice management. FMDA’s goal is to become a model
organization that collaborates with related organizations and promotes the
highest quality of care to patients in the long-term care continuum.”
FMDA was founded in 1990 to help medical directors, attending physicians, physician assistants
(PAs), advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs), and other health care practitioners in postacute care navigate their way
through the continuum of care.
- FMDA is the official state affiliate of the Columbia, Maryland-based, American Medical Directors Association
- FMDA is a Specialty Society of the Florida Medical Association (FMA).
- FMDA promotes the education of its membership in issues pertaining to long-term care (LTC), with a special
emphasis on scientific, legislative, regulatory, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
- Membership in FMDA links you to physicians, PAs, and ARNPs and opens dialogues for problem-solving and
information sharing. Networking opens opportunities to become familiar practicing in postacute care,
and helps you build relationships with and gain support from our practitioners.
- FMDA represents nearly
350 medical directors, attending physicians, physician assistants, and
advanced registered nurse practitioners in Florida’s postacute care continuum.
- As the scope of operation for postacute care facilities continues to evolve and expand to accommodate an aging
population, practitioners face many new and complex challenges. FMDA is the only organization in the state of
Florida devoted to practitioners in all specialties practicing in skilled nursing units, subacute, hospice, home care,
assisted living facilities, as well as in continuing care retirement communities.
- FMDA hosts a highly-successful and nationally-recognized
annual educational program and trade show every
October, which features the newest trends and challenges from some of the top long-term care experts in the country.
- This annual educational program is the only conference of its kind in the country which offers educational
accreditation for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, consultant pharmacists, directors of
nursing, licensed nurses, and nursing home administrators.
- Because of the high caliber of this conference, it attracts attendees from dozens of other states in the country.
- FMDA publishes a dynamic, statewide newsletter titled
Progress Report — winner of the Apex Award for
- “FMDA CareerCenter,” its online job board, was introduced in April 2006.
- “FMDA NEWS CLIPS” is a regular e-mail news service for local, state, and national health care news with an
emphasis on long-term care, geriatrics, and skilled nursing care. FMDA sends its members real-time news clips
straight from the actual news sources. Stay on top of legislation, regulations, reimbursement issues, as well as
industry trends, with news stories that have been selected to meet the unique needs of its members.
- Annual update on Medicare billing strategies.
- Annual update on Medicare comparative performance reports for physicians practicing in postacute care.
- Discounted member registration fee for educational programs — including the annual program.
- Listing as an expert witness, upon request.
- Assistance in earning AMDA’s medical director certification.
- Networking with the other acute care and postacute trade and professional associations.
- Advocacy in Tallahassee on behalf of the members of FMDA.
- Representation in the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association.
- Providing testimony at public hearings and in front of the Florida Legislature on issues important to physicians in
long-term care such as the availability and affordability of liability insurance, “Granny Cams” in nursing homes, and
other hot button issues.
FMDA’s "Careers in
Long-Term Care Awards"
Through its "Careers in
Long-Term Care Awards," FMDA takes an active role in outreach efforts to
young-career physicians – medical students, residents and fellows who
are in geriatrics, family practice, and internal medicine and who are
interested in practicing in long-term care and geriatrics. In addition,
nurse practitioner and physician assistant students who are interested
in practicing in long-term care and geriatrics are also eligible to
The award program offers
three (3) awards of up to $2,000 each for eligible candidates
who participate in poster presentations at its "Best Care Practices in
the Geriatrics Continuum" annual conference. For more information about
this program, go to
400 Executive Center Dr. #208
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tel: (561) 689-6321
Fax: (561) 689-6324