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Together we can end the monopoly and create choice in board re-certification. Thank you for your support!

 
 

FAQs

Here are some of our frequently asked questions:

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL BOARD OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS?

The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) was founded in 2014 to provide an alternative pathway for the maintenance phase of board certification through rigorous, practice-specific continuing medical education (CME). NBPAS is a 501c(3), not-for-profit organization with unpaid volunteer physician leadership.

IS NBPAS AN ACCEPTED BOARD?

Yes, NBPAS meets the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) standards for verifying education and training. This verification is required by credentialers at hospitals, health systems and health insurance companies.

WHICH HOSPITALS CURRENTLY ACCEPT NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

Click here for the full list of hospitals currently accepting NBPAS certification

DOES NBPAS PERFORM PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION?

As required by many hospitals, health systems and payors, NBPAS performs primary source verification of all applicants’ qualifications, including education and training, and meets the standards of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC).

HOW CAN I FURTHER SUPPORT NBPAS WITH ITS EFFORTS?

  • Spread the word! Share information about NBPAS with your colleagues.
  • Present information about NBPAS board recertification to your hospital’s Medical Executive Committee (please refer to the menu option for available materials and template presentations).
  • Ask your Medical Executive Committee to add NBPAS to hospital bylaws. The change is simple and immediately allows hospitals to credential and employ NBPAS board certified physicians.
  • Refer hospital physician leadership and/or credentialing staff to our website or feel free to reach out with any questions.

NEW APPLICANT QUESTIONS

WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

You can view the full list of requirements on our Criteria page.

IF I AM CURRENTLY BOARD CERTIFIED BUT NOT DUE FOR RE-CERTIFICATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS, SHOULD I STILL CERTIFY WITH NBPAS?

NBPAS relies on the support of physicians who want a choice in how they maintain their board certification. By joining now, you provide the fuel NBPAS needs to thrive and continue to provide you that alternative.

WHAT SPECIALTIES CAN I CERTIFY IN?

NBPAS certifies only ABMS and AOA recognized specialties and subspecialties. View the full list of specialties here.

WHY DOES NBPAS REQUIRE INITIAL BOARD CERTIFICATION BY ABMS?

NBPAS believes in the importance of Initial board certification by ABMS or AOA. NBPAS was formed to be an alternative pathway to maintaining board certification.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A COPY OF MY INITIAL BOARD CERTIFICATE?

No, we perform primary source verification of your board certification status using the information you provide in your application.

DOES NBPAS CERTIFICATION REQUIRE A TEST OR EXAM?

No.

TO RESPOND TO THE CRITICS, WHY DOESN’T THE NBPAS PROVIDE SOME KIND OF MANDATORY TEST? WOULDN’T THAT ENHANCE THE CREDIBILITY OF NBPAS?

The NBPAS board considered this at its inception and the question comes up frequently in our ongoing discussions. The majority (but not 100%) of NBPAS board members do not believe adding a mandatory test would enhance physician learning, or patient care. We do agree that adding a test might provide the “appearance” of a more rigorous continuous certification process. We would be creating literally over 100 annual tests (that is the number of subspecialties in the ABMS) just to enhance NBPAS “credibility.” Our tests would be no better than the ABMS member board tests. We believe there is no test that can be universally applied to all doctors in one specialty. Dr Teirstein, an interventional cardiologist, uses the analogy that he considers himself an expert in replacing aortic valves, but his partner works on mitral valves. Dr Teirstein does not want to be tested on mitral valve repair. The NBPAS board will continue to consider adding a mandatory test, but we believe creating a test to quiet the critics is not a good answer to the question of how to best maintain physician competence.

WHEN APPLYING FOR CERTIFICATION FOR MULTIPLE SPECIALTIES, DO I NEED 50 HOURS IN EACH SPECIALTY?

No, a total of 50 CME hours in any of the specialties applied for is sufficient. However, if your initial board certification in any specialties applied for has lapsed, you must have 100 CME hours. For example – if you apply for Internal Medicine (ABIM lapsed/expired) and Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM still current), you will need to submit 100 CME hours with your application.

IF I AM GRANDFATHERED IN A SPECIALTY (I.E. MY ABMS BOARD CERTIFICATION NEVER EXPIRES) DO I NEED TO HAVE 50 OR 100 HOURS OF CME?

If you are grandfathered in a specialty, your certification has not, by definition, expired and you only need to submit a minimum of 50 hours (not 100 hours) of CMEs completed in the past 24 months.

WHAT TYPES OF CMES DOES NBPAS ACCEPT?

NBPAS accepts only ACCME accredited CME, more specifically AMA PRA Category 1 credits for MDs and AOA Category 1A & 2A credits for DOs.

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY CME DOCUMENTS TO NBPAS?

CME documents can be submitted four (4) different ways:

  • During the application process. First fill out the application and payment information, and then the last page is where you can upload your CME documents.
  • Log into your account at nbpas.org/login/ and from your Dashboard click the link “Upload Additional CME Documents”.
  • Email to documents@nbpas.org, or
  • Fax to (888) 861-4449

WHAT IS THE TURN-AROUND TIME FOR PROCESSING MY NBPAS APPLICATION?

Four weeks or less.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

For MDs/DOs with ABMS initial board certification:

  • First-time NBPAS certification: $169
  • Renewal NBPAS certification: $145

For DOs with AOA initial board certification:

  • First-time NBPAS certification: $189
  • Renewal NBPAS certification: $165
    (The $20 cost difference is because the AOA charges us an extra $20 fee per physician for certification verification.)

*Discounts are available for fellows and military.

WHAT IS MY APPLICATION FEE USED FOR?

NBPAS is a nonprofit organization that prioritizes financial integrity and accountability. Fees support administrative expenses such as website maintenance, support staff salaries, legal fees, computers, office space, and supplies. We also use funds to spread the word and advocate for NBPAS with hospitals, credentialers and insurance companies. Our physician management and board of directors volunteer their time and are unpaid.  NBPAS works very hard to contain costs and keep fees to a minimum.

We have not yet asked for donations because at this time we would rather see funds used for applications. We will invite donations in the future.

IF I AM BOARD CERTIFIED IN A SURGICAL SPECIALTY (I.E. INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY, OPHTHALMOLOGY, ETC.) BUT NO LONGER HOLD ACTIVE HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES OR PERFORM SURGERIES, DO I STILL QUALIFY FOR NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

We offer a “Non-Operative Pathway” for physicians with surgical specialties that do not hold active hospital privileges. You’ll be required to attest to this information on your application, and once verified and approved, your certification would include the status of “Non-Operative Pathway”.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED 50/100 CME CREDITS COMPLETED YET?

We suggest that you wait until all of your required CME credits are ready before you apply. However, if you would like to apply and need time to complete additional CMEs, you will have up to 6 months from your application date to complete and submit your remaining CME credits.

HOW LONG IS NBPAS CERTIFICATION GOOD FOR?

It is a two-year certification that requires renewal every two years.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO RENEW OUR NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

To ensure that board certified physicians continue to have an active, unrestricted medical license and meet the CME requirements.

I SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PROCESS? HOW CAN I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

It typically takes up to 4 weeks to process your application. Some applications may take up to 6 weeks. You can login to your account at nbpas.org/login/ and see the status from your Dashboard. Or you are welcome to email info@nbpas.org to check on the status of your application.

I’M RETIRED BUT I’D LOVE TO SUPPORT WHAT YOUR DOING! HOW CAN I HELP?

Spread the word with your fellow colleagues.

DIPLOMATE QUESTIONS

HOW DO I CHECK MY CERTIFICATION INFORMATION (I.E. EXPIRATION DATE, SPECIALTIES CERTIFIED, ETC.)?

Search your name on our Verification page to find details about your certification. Or login to your account at nbpas.org/login/ to view your certification details.

I LOST/CAN’T FIND MY NBPAS CERTIFICATE. HOW DO I GET ANOTHER COPY?

Login to your account at nbpas.org/login/ to download and print another copy. You can also email info@nbpas.org or call (888) 861-4448 to request another copy of your certificate.

MY CERTIFICATION DETAILS ARE WRONG ON YOUR WEBSITE. HOW DO I GET IT CORRECTED?

Immediately email info@nbpas.org or call (888) 861-4449 so we can correct your information.

WHAT TITLE CAN I USE IN MY SIGNATURE TO SHOW I’M NBPAS CERTIFIED?

Many NBPAS diplomates have added “DNBPAS” after their name in the signature line to show they are NBPAS certified.

MY HOSPITAL ACCEPTED MY NBPAS CERTIFICATION, BUT I DON’T SEE THEM LISTED ON YOUR WEBSITE. HOW CAN I GET THEM ADDED?

That’s great news! Email the hospital’s information to info@nbpas.org, and we will get them added to our accepting hospitals list as soon as possible.

HOW DO I GET MY HOSPITAL TO ACCEPT OR RECOGNIZE NBPAS CERTIFICATION?

We have template emails you can download and use to introduce your Medical Executive Committee to the idea of accepting NBPAS. Visit our Templates & Materials page for more information.

MY NBPAS CERTIFICATION IS UP FOR RENEWAL SOON. HOW DO I RENEW IT?

On the home page of the NBPAS website, click on “APPLICATION” and you can start the renewal process. You can also log into your Diplomate Portal at nbpas.org/login/ and click RENEW, which will send you to the application page.

I LET MY NBPAS CERTIFICATION EXPIRE. IF I WANT TO RECERTIFY AGAIN, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

We welcome you to renew certification! If your NBPAS certification expired less than 6 months, you’ll only need a minimum of 50 CME credits from the past 24 months. If your certification expired more than 6 months ago, you’ll need a minimum of 100 CME credits from the past 24 months.

When you’re ready to renew, (1) login to your account at nbpas.org/login/ using your email address*, (2) submit your renewal application and fee, and (3) provide evidence of your accredited CME credits.

*If your email address has changed, please contact us (info@nbpas.org) and we can update your email address before you renew.

AFTER I HAVE SUBMITTED MY RENEWAL APPLICATION, HOW/WHEN DO I GET MY UPDATED NBPAS CERTIFICATE?

You will receive your renewed NBPAS certificate by email after our staff finalizes everything with your renewal application. Once you receive that email, it will also be available to download from your online account. That typically takes anywhere from 2-4 weeks.