AMDA PALTC Physician Competencies Receive Support from National Organizations

October 31, 2013
Perry Gwen Meyers,

Columbia, MD — After two years of work, AMDA—Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine (AMDA) has finalized competencies to provide attending physicians practicing in post-acute/long-term care (PALTC) with an evidence-based framework for the unique set of knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate quality outcomes in this setting. AMDA reached out to a wide range of stakeholders in the development of these competencies, and to date 10 prominent national organizations in the aging field have  signed on to support AMDA’s work with the competencies, including the development of an educational training curriculum. 

The competencies address five areas: foundation (ethics, professionalism, and communication), medical care delivery process, systems, medical knowledge, and personal quality assurance and performance improvement. The development of competencies began in 2011 when AMDA convened a committee of 25 physicians who either practice exclusively in the nursing home setting or spend a significant portion of their time working in this setting. During the following year, the committee worked to finalize the list of competencies. The initial draft was finalized in March 2013 and evaluated via a survey distributed to more than 5,000 AMDA members.

The survey feedback resulted in a second draft of the competencies, which was vetted by several stakeholder organizations: American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Healthcare Administrators, American College of Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, American Health Care Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Leading Age, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration, and Society of Hospital Medicine. Based on this feedback, the competencies were finalized.

AMDA disseminated the competencies to a number of national and international stakeholder organizations to solicit support. To date, the following organizations have signed on with formal support: Advancing Excellence, American Academy of Family Physicians. American Academy of Home Care Physicians, American College of Healthcare Administrators, American Health Care Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Consumer Voice, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Leading Age, and National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration.

“Now that AMDA has finalized the competencies, we are excited about moving forward to seek broad support for this work, which includes the development of a training curriculum around the competencies and a mechanism for measuring the efficacy of that training,” said AMDA President Jonathan Evans, MD, CMD.