Board Announcement and Reminder

The Patient Advocate Certification Board is pleased to announce and welcome four new members to our Board.               Marie Connolly Christine North               Bradley Schwartz, Jr.      Connie Sunderhaus We’ll be adding them to our “Meet the Board” page soon, so please stop by to learn more about

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Your Input Requested for Eligibility Requirements

As promised in the (2016) Year in Review posted last week, the PACB has now made public the draft of Eligibility Criteria available for your review. It addresses the requirements advocates will need to fulfill in order to be eligible to take the exam to become a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA.) We invite you to review the entire document,

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2016 – Year in Review

While it may have seemed quiet to those who await updates from the PACB, 2016 was actually a very busy year, as we continue to move patient advocate certification forward.  This year-end review will bring you up to date on our progress: We welcomed new and returning Board members: •    Anne Llewellyn (a name familiar to many of you, returned

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Patient Advocacy vs Medical Advocacy: View from the PACB

A recent article in the Washington Post has triggered vigorous debate about the proper scope of practice of the professionals who are patient advocates.   Initially, it is apparent that almost anyone can “advocate” for someone who is a patient.  Physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys, and even friends and relatives of the patient may feel a need to help a

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PACB: End of 2015 Wrap Up – and Next Steps

What a year it has been for the Patient Advocate Certification Board. A year of major progress, several hurdles, hundreds of hours of hard work, and some long strides that move the profession of patient advocacy forward. We completed two big projects / published documents for the certification itself: The Ethical Standards document and the Competencies and Best Practices document. 

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Update from the PACB: Competencies and Best Practices, Ethical Standards, and Definitions Are Now Published

Earlier this year, the PACB published two documents for public review and asked for comments. More than 100 people took us up on our request! Since then, members of the Patient Advocate Certification Board have spent countless hours studying each and every one of the suggestions, comments, notes of appreciation and even some complaints. Every piece of input was carefully

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Ethical Standards – Final Version Published

The PACB (Patient Advocate Certification Board) is pleased to publish the final version of its Ethical Standards. Development of these standards was truly a collaborative effort.  In June we put our first PACB draft document out for public review. Almost 75 of you responded with your ideas and suggestions, your criticisms and concerns , your questions and comments. Every submission

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