Maine Association of Physician Assistants

Maine Constituent Chapter to the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Maintaining Certification

PURPOSE OF THIS PAGE: 

To summarize information from the NCCPA regarding maintaining national Physician Assistant certification. Information in this document has been summarized from documents from the NCCPA, as well as information published on the NCCPA website. The goal is to provide MEAPA members with a document that will prompt regular use of the NCCPA online interface. Please see www.nccpa.net once this document has been read in completion.

MAINTAINING NCCPA CERTIFICATION:

The six-year maintenance cycle transitioned to a ten-year certification cycle in 2014, now divided into five, two-year periods. During every two-year period, every certified Physician Assistant (PA) must log a minimum of 100 CME credits and submit a certification maintenance fee by December 31 of each two-year maintenance year.

By the end of the 6th year or 10th year of certification maintenance cycle, PA-C designees must retake the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE), a multiple choice examination that measures general medical and surgical knowledge.  You are eligible to take the PANRE if you are:

  • o   In the 5th or 6th year of the PA-C certification maintenance cycle, or
  • o   In the 9th or 10th year of the PA-C certification maintenance cycle

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE 10-YEAR CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE PROCESS:

During each two-year cycle, of the 100 CME credits needed, at least 50 of those credits must be Category 1 CME credits. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2 or a mixture of both. Self Assessment CME and PI-CME are no longer required, however 50% extra credit will be awarded for completed self-assessment Category 1 CME. The additional 50% will be quantified based on the initial SA-CME or PI-CME activity credit hours. Additionally the first 20 PI CME credits logged during each cycle will be doubled when logged with NCCPA.

NOTE: CME earning/logging window begins May 1 of the year of your current certification and continue until December 31 of the certification expiration year.

ADMINISTRATIVE CERTIFICATION EXTENSION FOR MISSING CME OR FEES:

If all maintenance fees are not paid or all required CME is not completed by December 31 of your certification expiration year, a one-month extension of certification will be granted to allow for additional time for the completion of those requirements. PA-C certification will expire unless all outstanding requirements are completed. An additional NON-REFUNDABLE $150 fee is required to extend certification until January 31. If all requirements are not met by January 31, then please see the NCCPA website regarding how to regain certification and for more information about current policies.

ABOUT CME REQUIREMENTS

NCCPA Maintaining Certification Checklist

For PAs on a 10-year cycle

TYPES OF CME DEFINED on NCCPA website (http://www.nccpa.net/CMECategoryTypes)

CME AUDIT POLICY: The NCCPA will randomly audit select Pas for Category 1 CME submissions. This process was initiated to ensure reliability and accuracy of CME logging, review and approval. Any PA that fails an initial audit will not lose certification, however will instead be audited for the next two-year certification maintenance cycle as well and will be held accountable to complete additional requirement sin that two year NCCPA cycle. The additional work will include replacement CME credits for any Category 1 credits that could not be substantiated, as well as a re-audit fee. If a re-audit is failed, then PA’s may be subject to loss of certification. Please see NCCPA’s Policy and Procedures for Disciplinary Matters for further details. (http://www.nccpa.net/CMEAudit)

Published by MEAPA BOD 01/2017



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