Coalition for Patients’

Protecting Patients' Rights to Choose the Health Care Professionals
Who Provide Their Care


What is CPR?

What is CPR?

The Coalition for Patients' Rights™ (CPR) consists of 14 organizations representing more than 1 million health care professionals who provide essential health care services safely and cost-effectively to tens of millions of patients each year.


Our Mission

Our Mission

CPR's mission is to meet the nation's growing and increasingly diverse health care needs by ensuring patients have direct access to the full scope of services offered by their chosen health care providers.




CPR works to protect patients' rights by educating lawmakers, healthcare professionals, patients and other stakeholders about health care provider issues. Here is a sample of CPR's issue engagement:

What's at Stake?

Physician societies and other special interest groups often seek to limit the scope of practice of other health care professionals. These scope of practice restrictions can have serious consequences for our health care system, including: 

  • Patients may have reduced access to the health care providers of their choice.
  • Patient costs increase when health care professionals are prevented from delivering care to the full extent of their education, training, certification and licensure.
  • Innovation gets stifled when specialists are limited in their ability to practice.
  • Access to care in medically underserved areas of the United States becomes limited, forcing patients to travel long distances for needed health care services.

Scope of practice battles threaten patient access to safe, high-quality, and cost-effective health care.

The demands on our health care system are simply too great for physician groups to continue instigating the same old “turf wars” over practice rights they have no business seeking to control. All health care providers must work together to the full extent of their education and training to meet the nation's growing needs and ensure the best outcomes for all patients.

As a coalition of health care providers, CPR is working to ensure that everyone has access to the health care professionals of their choice; however, the coalition does not provide advice to individuals about legal or personal health care matters.