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James Lett, II, MD, CMD

James Lett, II, MD, CMDR, is certified by the American Board of Family Practice with a Certificate in Added Qualifications in Geriatrics and is a Certified Medical Director (CMD). He is a past president in 2003-2004 of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), a 5,000-member national long-term care physician group. He served as a member of the CMS workgroup to revise F-Tag 329: Unnecessary Drugs, chaired a joint national effort that created a long-term care medication toolkit for patient safety, chaired a national workgroup to create a Clinical Practice Guideline for Care Transitions in the Long-Term Care Continuum, serves on the National Quality Forum Workgroup on Post-Acute Care and as a member of the workgroup consulting with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on patient harm in the long-term care continuum (SNF, IRF & LTACH). A passionate interest is Care Transitions. He serves as Chair, Board of Directors for the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), has spoken nationally on this subject, and been a part of Care Transitions efforts for the American Medical Association, the Society for Hospital Medicine and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services among other entities. Dr. Lett was lead author of the white paper “Dementia in Care Transitions” and co-author for “Safer Transitions, Fewer Re-Hospitalizations with PAH: An Interdisciplinary Guide” and “Better Transitions of Care to Bridge Gaps, Reduce Hospitalizations and Readmissions in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.” He was Senior Medical Director for Quality for Lumetra, the Quality Improvement Organization for California until assuming the role of Chief Medical Officer of Long-Term Care for the California Prison Health Care Services in October 2008. From June 2011 until June 2013, he was Medical Director/Vice President of Medical Services at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. HHGW is a multi-level service provider for more than 1,000 elders located in Rockville, MD. Dr. Lett is currently Medical/Clinical Director of Avar Consulting, Inc, in Rockville, MD working on a contract with CMS.