PAFT Response to 
NCCPA Proposed Recertification Process

January, 2016

To Whom It May Concern,

The NCCPA has requested commentary regarding the most recent proposed recertification process model for PAs.  PAs for Tomorrow (PAFT), a national advocacy organization representing the future of all PAs, unequivocally believes that the new model poses another layer of undue burden on the PA profession. 

Though we understand there are challenges to reconcile the various needs of PAs in all specialties, the proposed changes are more likely to have a negative impact on the PA profession.  The ink is barely dry on the move to a 10 year recertification with PI/SA system that has yet to be proven as better than the previous 6 year recertification model.  Further, the 10 year/PI/SA system does not appear to have been well-received and has not been proven to improve quality of PA practice or patient safety.  The same could be said for the CAQ exams that were developed some years back.  Another transition begs for more confusion and quandary.

PAs are the only healthcare providers required to pass recertification multiple times over the course of their career.  As a result, nearly half of states and many employers require certification to simply be employed, clearly impacting the desire of many to remain in this profession long term.  This, along with the other burdens of the healthcare system push many PAs to retire or otherwise leave Forbes #1 profession of the year.  This begs the single most important question of WHY?  The PAFT organization is very interested to understand the NCCPA response to that question and hope that it will be answered in future communication as a result of the feedback collected over the coming months.  We’ve read the white paper and can’t identify the answer within that document. 

As perhaps the most influential but understated arm of the four organizations tasked with oversight of the PA profession, PAFT urges the NCCPA to implement changes that simplify an already outmoded and outdated recertification model.  Some would argue that eliminating the PANRE and replacing recertification with more relevant methods of providing specialty-specific continuing education to enhance the knowledge base of clinically practicing PAs in the United States.  If there is a true desire to contribute to patient safety and practice relevance, this would be the proposed direction change of the NCCPA organization.

Best regards,

Nichole Bateman MPAS, PA-C

President, PAs For Tomorrow

Approved by the Board of PAFT

PAs for Tomorrow is a  professional organization for all PAs of all specialties.  It represents the future interests of all PAs, providing a vocal core group of PAs committed to seeing the PA profession reach its deserved place among America's health care providers and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive and patient-centered health care. 

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