Dedicated to Meeting the Nation’s Growing Health Care Needs

About CPR

The Coalition for Patients' Rights (CPR) consists of 14 organizations representing more than a million health care professionals who provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective health care services to tens of millions of patients each year. These highly educated health care providers attain advanced degrees in their specialties, and have long been recognized at the federal and state levels as highly qualified, essential contributors to the U.S. health system.

Although they are excellent and indispensable caregivers to a large segment of the U.S. population, these professionals, who are neither medical doctors (MDs) nor doctors of osteopathy (DOs), must continually fend off efforts by organizations representing MDs and DOs to limit their scope of practice, essentially reducing patient access to these services.

CPR was formed with our patients in mind—to ensure that the growing needs of the American health care system can be met and that patients everywhere have access to the quality health care providers of their choice.

List of Coalition Members

  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • American Psychological Association Services, Inc.
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • American Nutrition Association
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
  • National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA)

State-based Membership in CPR

CPR welcomes state-level organizations and branches of CPR's national member organizations. The purpose of the coalition is to enable a coordinated, proactive response to state-level scope of practice attacks and other developments by state and local medical societies. Benefits of belonging include:

  • Networking and information-sharing between CPR member organizations
  • Creation of state-based CPR coalitions that reflect the national membership
  • Development and sharing of resources for state scope of practice issues

State and local organizations should contact the CPR representative of their national organization for further details.


CPR Profile

Coalition for Patients' Rights™

Founded: 2006

Membership: 14 health care professional organizations representing more than 1 million licensed health care providers.

Focus Areas: State legislative and regulatory activities related to scope of practice, patient access to care, licensing, and health insurance coverage.