The Coalition for Patients' Rights was formed to oppose AMA and SOPP activities. Thus more than 35 organizations (listed in the Box) came together under leadership of the American Nurses Association to resist SOPP efforts to limit the legal authority of qualified provider groups. The name Coalition for Patients' Rights was chosen to emphasize that patients have the right to choose and access quality care from the many kinds of providers who are not physicians. NAPNAP has been active with this Coalition since its inception in early 2006.
CPR counters claims by medicine that all health professionals should be supervised by physicians and regulated by entities comprised of physicians. Affordable, safe care for the nation requires full use of the entire available workforce. There are more than 3 million health care providers in the United States who are not doctors of medicine or osteopathy. The efforts of all who are legally and educationally qualified are critical to meet the extreme health care demand. All PNPs understand the voracious demand for care, given the increasing survival of those born prematurely, the increase in chronic and complex illnesses, the predicted legacy of childhood precursors of adult disease (e.g., obesity, mental health concerns, and poverty), and the persisting health disparities both nationally and globally. CPR emphasizes multiple professional approaches to quality, access, affordability, and sustainability of health care relationships."