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Do AAs have to recertify?

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    Posted: 14 Nov 2007 at 10:12am
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From the ASA website:
 
In order to maintain certification after passing the initial examination, AAs must submit documentation to NCCAA that they have completed 40 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years. In addition, every six years they must pass the Examination for Continued Demonstration of Qualifications (CDQ). Failure to meet any of the above CME or examination requirements results in withdrawal of certification for the AA. The CDQ Examination was first administered in 1998.
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Do AA's have to be certified in order to practice?  What if they graduated prior to the certification exam being administered?
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Yes, they do. Nobody graduated before the exam.  It's always been there AFAIK.
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I asked the same question of your National Board.  Their answer below:

National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants

PO Box 15519, Atlanta, GA  30333-0519
www.aa-nccaa.org

 

05-30-2009

I would point out that NCCAA’s Certifying Examination has been available annually since 1992 for anesthesiologist assistants in practice in any state or Washington, DC.

The question of legally practicing in the State of Georgia should be answered by Georgia’s Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.

The question of liability for an uncertified practitioner should be answered by your practice group and/or hospital’s insurance carrier.

The stickiest issue of which we have been aware has been one of payment for services, since some payors see billing for non-credentialed persons as fraud, so you should contact the companies which you bill concerning this matter.

Best regards,

James R. Hall, MD
Secretary-Treasurer

I have since found that each AA takes a board upon completion of education and prior to being licensed.  I just need to know about the National Certifying exam.  How important is it?

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I know that there have been AA's in Georgia at LEAST since the early 70's, so they were there prior to the National Exam.  Anyone know the answer?
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