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Dermatology and Palliative Medicine/Hospice Care CAQs Coming Soon

• Two new Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQs) will soon be available for Certified PAs. Earlier this year, the NCCPA Board of Directors recently approved the development of CAQs for dermatology and palliative medicine/hospice care (PM/HC).

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NCCPA Announces Permanent Alternative to PANRE, PANRE-LA

• Beginning in 2023, PAs will have two options for their recertification assessment. The traditional PANRE that is administered at Pearson VUE test centers will remain as one option, and NCCPA will also launch an official alternative longitudinal, take-at-home process.

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Celebrating #PAWeek 2021!

• Each year, NCCPA joins the nation in recognizing PAs’ dedication to providing high-quality, accessible health care to millions of patients across the country. As PAs continue to meet the needs of patients during the pandemic, it is especially time to for celebrate them, and to highlight the value that they bring to the American health care system.

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Got Questions? Text Us For Answers with the New NCCPA SMS Text Messaging Feature!

• Need a quick answer to your questions? Text NCCPA for answers!

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Apply Today to Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

• Looking for additional ways to contribute to the PA profession? Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

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Coming Soon to Your Inbox: NCCPA Practice Analysis!

• Want to have a direct impact on what’s included on the recertification exam? Here’s your chance to get involved! In early July, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in NCCPA’s practice analysis for the recertification exams.

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NCCPA.net Support for IE 11 to Discontinue on June 22

• NCCPA would like to inform site visitors that support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) will be discontinued on June 22.

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AAPA HOD Affirms Physician Associate as Official Title for PA Profession

• On May 24, 2021 the American Academy of PAs House of Delegates passed a resolution affirming “physician associate” as the official title for the PA profession by a majority vote of 198 to 68.

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NCCPA Named Best Place to Work in Health Care for Third Consecutive Year

• Earlier this month NCCPA received word that for the third time it had been named to the publication’s annual list of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

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Join the nccPA Health Foundation for a Kathy J. Pedersen Grant Virtual Q&A

• The nccPA Health Foundation would like to invite you to join them for a virtual Q&A session on their $5,000 Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care!

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Sign Up to Attend the Back 2 School Virtual Pep Rally on April 1!

• Learn how you can help prepare the next generation of Certified PAs by joining NCCPA for a one-of-a-kind virtual Back 2 School Pep Rally on Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. (EST)!

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Update on Alternative to PANRE Pilot

• With the recent completion and scoring of the Alternative to PANRE Pilot, routine end-of-year logging activities and added quality assurance steps,  record processing is taking a little longer than usual.

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PA Week is Here!

• Each year, NCCPA joins the nation in recognizing Certified PAs’ dedication to providing high-quality, accessible health care to millions of patients across the country.

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Apply Today to Join NCCPA’s PA Ambassador Program!

• Looking for additional ways to contribute to the PA profession? Join NCCPA's PA Ambassador Program!

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NCCPA to Release Additional Portal Security Enhancements to Protect Your Data

• One year after the release of its two-factor (2FA) authentication feature, NCCPA proactively continues efforts to enhance the security of its PA, state board and file manager portals.

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PA Resilience During the Pandemic: Take the NCCPA COVID-19 Survey

• At the start of the new year, few could have predicted the events that would unfold over the past seven months.

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NCCPA Debuts Updated PAsDoThat Website

• Certified PAs practice medicine in every specialty and every setting across the United States.

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NCCPA Named One of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for Second Year

• Each year Modern Healthcare identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the health care industry on a national level.

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NCCPA Statement on Recent Acts of Violence

• Like so many across the United States, NCCPA is dismayed by the recent acts of violence and the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

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A Message from NCCPA’s President and CEO Regarding the Reopening of Test Centers

• We are pleased to announce that test delivery is now available for essential medical service providers, such as the PAs, at a subset of Pearson VUE test centers across the United States.

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A Note from the NCCPA President and CEO, Dawn Morton-Rias, on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

• The NCCPA staff and I continue to monitor developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685
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Vermont Academy of PAs

January 22, 2022

University of Southern California

January 31,  2022

National Credentialing Forum

January 3-4, 2022

Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants

March 3-5, 2022

Colorado Academy of PAs

March 4-6, 2022

Louisiana Academy of PAs

March 16-18, 2022

Association of Family Practice PAs and NPs

March 24-27, 2022

University of Missouri Kansas City

March 25, 2022

Butler University

April 1, 2022

Society of Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA)

April 4-8, 2022

Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants Spring Fling

April 8-9, 2022

Utah Academy of PAs

April 8, 2022

APACVS

April 21-24, 2022

Society of Army PAs

April 24-29, 2022

Federation of State Medical Boards

April 28-30, 2022

AAPA

May 20-25, 2022

PAEA Education Forum

October 1, 2022

For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685
Email:

New Report Highlights Low Burnout, Job Satisfaction Among Certified PAs by Specialty

• According to the 2020 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty, an annual report on 25 specialties issued by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), 73.4% of Certified PAs indicated that they have no symptoms of burnout.

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Certified PAs Persevere Despite Pandemic Uncertainty

• Despite the uncertainty of the global pandemic, in 2020 Certified PAs largely maintained their current patient loads and helped increase access to care.

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NCCPA Launches Certified PArtners in Care Campaign to Showcase Invaluable Impact of Certified PAs

• Today the NCCPA announced the launch of the Certified PArtners in Care campaign to highlight the invaluable role that Certified PAs play to support patients, clinical teams and public health in their communities.

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New Report Highlights Certified PA Practice Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic

• 96% of physician assistants (PAs) were employed in a clinical position eight to nine months after the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Number of Certified PAs Expanded in Every State Prior to Onset of COVID-19

• Just before the need for qualified medical providers expanded due to the onset of COVID-19, the Certified Physician Assistant workforce increased in every U.S. state.

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New Report Gives Glimpse Into Certified Physician Assistants in Medical Specialties Before COVID-19 Pandemic

• Just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the Certified Physician Assistant workforce continued to grow.

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2019 Cohort of Newly Certified Physician Assistants is the Largest Cohort Yet, Breaking 2018 Record

• The number of newly Certified Physician Assistants (PAs) reached new heights in 2019, with more than 70% receiving multiple job offers before entering the workforce.

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As the Nation Grapples with COVID-19, More Physician Assistants are Poised to Join the Fight

• As the nation continues to battle COVID-19, a new report published by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) indicates that there is good news to share-- more Certified PAs are available to join the fight.

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PA Profession Continues to Gain Nationwide Momentum as Workforce Numbers and Salaries Increase

• For the fifth consecutive year, the number of Certified Physician Assistants in the United States continues to increase.

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For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685
Email:

PA Insights With NCCPA Podcasts

The PA Insights with NCCPA podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean and wherever you enjoy podcasts.
Our latest episodes can be found below, but we encourage you to subscribe directly via your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you don’t miss an episode.

Back 2 School with NCCPA

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NCCPA PA Ambassadors

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5 Answers About CME Logging and the CME Auditing Process

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How Are NCCPA Exams Developed?

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PAs in Mental Health

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A Conversation with NCCPA President and CEO Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C

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Preparing for PANCE

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The Disciplinary Review Process

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For media inquiries contact:

Erica Evans-Banks
Senior Director of Communications
Phone: +1 678.417.8685
Email:

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