In the News
See the reports below for media coverage of the Coalition for Patients’ Rights and its issues of concern.
This Nurses Station podcast features CPR spokeswoman Maureen Shekleton discussing how scope of practice battles can prevent patients from accessing the treatments they need. Listen to the interview.
CPR spokespeople Lisa Summers and Janet Bezner discussed protecting patient access to the full range of health care providers during an RN.FM Radio interview. Listen to the interview with hosts Kevin Ross and Keith Carlson.
CPR contributed to this journal article (April 2012) [PDF] describing how collaboration among an array of health care providers can lead to easier access to care and better outcomes for patients who have complex conditions like diabetes. Reprinted here with permission from Health and Interprofessional Practice.
CPR is referenced as an organization “seeking to counter efforts by physician groups designed to limit patients' choice of health practitioners” in an article in the British journal The Lancet describing efforts of nurse practitioners to work to their full scope of practice, independent of physician supervision (Volume 377, Issue 9766, Pages 625 - 626, February 19, 2011).
CPR is quoted in a Fox News report (February 19, 2009) on physicians requiring patients to sign a waiver saying they won’t post comments or reviews on their physician online. www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,497066,00.html
Dr. Katherine Nordal, Executive Director for Professional Practice at the American Psychological Association (APA), is interviewed by Psych Central, an independent mental health social network, on the Coalition for Patients’ Rights.
- Association of Health Care Journalists cite CPR
The Association of Health Care Journalists predicts scope of practice battles will heat up in the coming months in a blog post that cites CPR as a key resource.
- Seven Factors Driving Up Your Healthcare Costs (Kaiser Health News, 10/24/2012)
Kaiser Health News referenced a recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center that cites some of the complex reasons for rising healthcare costs. Reason #7 calls out state scope of practice laws, which limits certain healthcare professionals from practicing to the full extent of their license, as one factor driving costs.
- The Family Doctor, Minus the M.D. (New York Times op-ed, Fixes Blog, 10/24/2012)
Nurse practitioners provide greater access to essential care at nurse-run health clinics for vulnerable patient populations in areas with primary care provider shortages.
- A New Egalitarianism (American Nurse Today, v7 n9, 2012)
With the push for higher-quality care, improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs, we must move from a physician-dominated system to a more efficient, integrated system in which multiple health care professionals collaborate to provide a broad range of skills, says American Nurse Today’s editor-in-chief.
- Are NPs the Solution to Shortage of Primary-Care Doctors? (PBS NewsHour, May 26, 2011)
In light of the shortage of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals are playing a growing role in caring for patients, according to PBS NewsHour. The story examines the role nurse practitioners are playing in meeting the rising demand for routine healthcare services.
- Who Should Provide Anesthesia Care? (New York Times editorial, 9/6/10)
The New York Times weighs in with support for two new studies that affirm the safety and cost-effectiveness of nurse anesthetists working without physician supervision.