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The 2014 AMDA meeting was notable on many, many fronts. To me it seemed like a threshold year – a year in which the shock and awe everyone experienced with the rapidly changing post-acute world we live and work in was over, and now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and figure out how to get the job done: quality, service, integration, care transitions, and all those things we know will be important for the future of our specialty and our industry. There were inspirational keynotes about the importance of quality and our role as physician- leaders in supporting both other physicians and the nursing facility staff as they try to reach those goals. There were also interesting discussions around how we find – and judge – our place and role in the accountable care ecosystem. Obviously we care for a sicker and frailer subset of the general population, but that makes us look bad on paper when compared against our peers, in population based quality- and utilization-reviews for example. In some respects we are the outliers that make everyone else look good. But with metrics and measures starting to drive reimbursement, that's a tough pill to swallow. Metrics from CMS and from ACO’s will need t be adequately risk-adjusted if post-acute and long-term care physicians are to be valued equally among our peers.

The Kindred Program and Banquet was well attended and we were pleased to have Ben Breier, President and COO of Kindred deliver a keynote address in which he outlined the challenges Kindred faces and some of the exciting projects and opportunities we are working on nationwide. Five Medical Director Service Awards were presented in person, and a CMO update was provided. Photos from the event can be viewed by following this link: http://share.shutterfly.com

Many thanks to everyone who attended and for all the great feedback and ideas. And we look forward to hosting AMDA right here in River City (Louisville!!!) in 2015. That should be a real treat.