Update: An Addition Has Been Made to the PACB Competencies List

For many months now, the PACB has been developing the exam which will measure an advocate’s skills, abilities, and competency to be awarded the certification, BCPA (Board Certified Patient Advocate.) As we have publicized previously, the standards to be measured by the exam were outlined in the Competencies and Best Practices, and the Ethics documents developed in 2015. Development also

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You’re Invited: An Update on Patient Advocate Certification

It’s time for the PACB’s Second Annual Update on our progress in development of patient advocate certification. You’re invited! The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates is hosting this teleconference, to be held Wednesday, September 20.  It is designed to answer your questions about the certification itself, progress in its development, and the exam being developed for those who wish to

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BCPA Exam Eligibility Requirements Now Available

It is with great pleasure that the Patient Advocate Certification Board announces publication of its Final BCPA Exam Eligibility Requirements. (BCPA = Board Certified Patient Advocate) The process used to complete these requirements has been painstaking and diligent. The basics were developed by the Eligibility Task Force. Then important contributions were made by many of you during the public comment

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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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