Colorado’s Professional Review Act

Overview

Health care professionals use the Colorado’s Professional Review Act (CPRA) to improve patient safety. It encourages candid peer evaluations of health care professionals, assessing their competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care in a confidential and constructive way. The Act, SB19-234, was renewed in the 2019 legislative session. It was sponsored by Sens. Robert Rodriguez and Mike Foote, and Rep. Mike Weismann.

As part of the Act, a professional review committee evaluates the competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care provided by, or the professional conduct of a licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse.

The Act, or “peer review,” promotes a culture of safety between health care professionals and their patients and is consistent with the overarching goals of quality improvement, expanding access to health care and containing costs.

The Act maintains bipartisan support and was established by the Colorado State Legislature in 1976. It has been extended by the legislature several times and was again reauthorized in 2019.

Why the Act should be renewed?

The ultimate goal of professional review is to ensure that qualified health care professionals are providing safe and appropriate patient care, and learning from their peers to continually improve medical outcomes. Maintaining this supportive environment for professional, constructive review promotes a culture of safety. It also helps ensure Colorado can continue to attract and retain quality health care professionals, a key strategy in preserving access to care and keeping costs in check.

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A thorough nine-month study by the independent Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies found that the Act is positively contributing to patient safety and professional development for the health care community and is still necessary. They overwhelmingly endorsed the full reauthorization of the Act.

43 Years: How long professional review has been used in Colorado
236: Number of professional review boards in Colorado that support renewing peer review
48: Number of states with professional review laws

Q & A

Colorado’s Professional Review Act (CPRA) promotes patient safety by encouraging the frank and honest assessment of health care professionals by their peers. A professional review committee evaluates the competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care provided by, or the professional conduct of a licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse. Certain adverse actions identified by professional review must be reported to the state licensing board.

The Act was established by the Colorado state legislature in 1976 and sets rules that govern professional review. It has been extended by the legislature several times and was reauthorized in 2019.

For the past 43 years, Colorado health care professionals have relied on the Colorado Professional Review Act, known as “peer review,” to improve the quality of health care in our state. Maintaining this supportive environment for professional, constructive review promotes a culture of safety because all health care professionals feel empowered to speak up. The Act helps ensure Colorado can continue to attract and retain quality health care professionals, a key strategy in preserving access to care and keeping costs in check.

Without the protections in the Act, medical professionals would be unlikely to participate in medical reviews, reporting would decline and learning would be stifled.

A thorough nine-month study by the independent Department of Regulatory Agencies found that the Act is positively contributing to patient safety and professional development for the health care community and is still necessary. They overwhelmingly endorsed the full reauthorization of the Act.

The Act encourages health care professionals to continually learn and create an open and honest relationship with patients and their families. Absent the Act, it will be harder for health care professionals to best serve patients. The next step involved a review and reauthorization of CPRA by the Colorado General Assembly during the 2019 legislative session.

The Act has always maintained bipartisan support. Health care professionals, patient safety advocates and stakeholder groups also support renewing the Act. The supporters include patient safety organizations, nurses and doctors, including the 236 registered Governing Boards for professional review committees across the state, the Colorado Nursing Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Hospital Association. Find a complete list of supporters here.

The Act promotes a culture of safety between health care professionals and their patients and is consistent with the overarching goals of improving quality, expanding access and containing costs.

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