Role of Medical Directors

Recorded: September 27, 2017


Steven A. Levenson, MD, CMD


The concept of medical direction in PALTC settings goes back almost 50 years. In the health care world, it represents the ultimate combination of clinical and management skills. Despite this, medical direction has not been implemented or utilized to nearly the extent it could or should have been over the past 5 decades. In many ways, medical directors still face the same challenges as existed 60 years ago. This program will explore medical direction in the context of the evolution of PALTC, and the valuable medical director role for the present and future, including tactics for providing both clinical and management leadership in an often challenging and chaotic health care environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the current and future medical director role, as well as its evolution over the past 40 years.
  • Identify the regulatory foundation for medical direction.
  • Consider how medical directors can best assert themselves and meet their job responsibilities, and how they can deal with the challenges that they face in trying to do their jobs.


1.5 CME, 1.5 CMD management

CME/CMD Credits available until September 2020


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Speaker Biographies:

Steven Levenson, MD, CMD, has spent 39 years working in PALTC settings as a physician and medical director. He has been medical director of 22 (currently three) PALTC facilities in Maryland and is also currently responsible for overseeing 21 facilities in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Dr. Levenson has authored or co-authored four books and over 70 articles. His book, “Medical Direction in Long-Term Care,” was the first ever written about how to be a medical director. Another book, “Subacute and Transitional Care Handbook,” has remained the only comprehensive clinically oriented reference on the topic of post-acute care. Another publication is a comprehensive guide on medical practices and policies in long-term and post-acute care.

He is recognized for his pioneering work in medical direction and efforts to improve long-term and post-acute care. He has also been involved extensively in legislative and regulatory initiatives related to advance care planning and ethical issues, and development of related policies and protocols.

Dr. Levenson is the Past President of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Speaker Disclosures:

All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.