LTC care quality: The medical directors' view

March 21, 2017

While medical directors have overall responsibility for resident care in nursing facilities, their roles are inevitably intertwined with survey findings and any ensuing legal actions, whether from CMS or collateral legal quarters. Additionally, both medical directors and attending physicians play key roles in the survey process. Even though their primary role is a medical one, medical directors often help surveyors understand a resident’s complex pathology or how a certain resident outcome may have been unavoidable in spite of medical and nursing interventions.