To NCCPA From a PA in Indiana

I feel the old option of 100 CME every two years and re-certification every six years was MORE than adequate and there was NO absolutely NO need for change. Now, the current option of every 10 years will be less expensive and less time intensive than the current proposed option. In addition I’m sure the NCCPA will eventually, if not initially, charge us to take a test every two years making re-certification more expensive. This new model is inefficient and adds more time demands to stay credentialed and more than likely will cost more. Why go from one test every six years to 3-5 tests every 10 years. This is ridiculous! Does testing make us better PAs? I would propose absolutely not, being in the office and practicing hands on medicine is what makes better PAs.

Also, consider most if not all PAs maintain BLS, ACLS, ATLS and PALS. Each of which requires re-certification test be taken every 2-4 years. And the NCCPA is going to require PA’s to test more? This is a good way to look out for the profession? I think not.

I recommend we return to the 100 CME every 2 years and PANRE every six years.

What are we trying to prove? Physicians only have to retake their boards every 10 years! And maintain 100 CME every two years as we currently do. They DO NOT take a test every two years.

If we’re going to follow a model we should model our physician colleagues and the way they re-certify.

I think this new proposal is absolutely ridiculous and in addition insensitive to the current time demands placed on PA’s just practice clinical medicine. Now with the implementation of increased documentation for Medicare and Medicaid not to mention demands from insurance companies for documentation just for reimbursement, we have less time for patients and home life given that most practitioners are having to work after hours just to complete charting. And the NCCPA wants us to test more and take up more time to study. I feel that whoever came up with this idea for re-certification is completely out of touch with the current demands of real world medical practice.

And if you need an example of how testing is not representative of acquired knowledge, just look at where the No Child Left Behind policy and required testing has gotten us.

Stop this and leave well enough alone, PLEASE.