Advocacy Efforts

Physicians for Patient Protection believes if state legislators are going to continue to pass laws that allow NPs the right to practice medicine without physician supervision, then patients should have a right to know the qualifications and training of the provider they are trusting to care for them. We urge you to please support the Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2017 (HB3928).


More than 8,000 graduated physicians did not match into a residency last year, due to the stagnation of residency spots in the U.S. These new physicians have more knowledge and clinical hours than a DNP, but still require a residency to be able to practice medicine and treat patients safely. Please help Physicians for Patient Protection (PPP) in our goal to increase General Medical Education (GME) funding and develop more residency training programs, to solve the physician shortage with qualified and safe care for all patients. Please support the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017 (S.1301/H.R. 2267).


We ask our readers to please support H.R. 3928


As we all know, consumers are often unaware of the differences in the qualifications, training, and education of their health care professionals.


Evidence exists of patient confusion resulting from ambiguous health care nomenclature and related advertisements and marketing products; and nationwide surveys conducted in 2008, 2010 and most recently 2018, revealed the depth of confusion regarding the education, skills, and training of health care professionals and indicated strong support for increasing clarity in the advertising and marketing claims of health care professionals.


  • Ninety-one percent of respondents said that a physician’s years of medical education and training are vital to optimal patient care, especially in the event of a complication or medical emergency.
  • Eighty-six percent of respondents said that patients with one or more chronic diseases bene t when a physician leads the primary health care team.
  • Eighty-four percent of respondents said that they prefer a physician to have primary responsibility for the diagnosis and management of their health care.


What Can We Do?  Support H.R. 3928


In summary, this bill states that it shall be unlawful for any person to make any deceptive or misleading statement, or engage in any deceptive or misleading act, that

(1) misrepresents whether such person holds a State health care license; or

(2) misrepresents such person’s education, training, degree, license, or clinical



Any person who is advertising health care services provided by such person, shall disclose in such advertisement the applicable license under which such person is authorized to provide such services


H.R. 3928

To ensure that patients receive accurate health care information by prohibiting misleading and deceptive advertising or representation in the provision of health care services, to require the identification of the license of health care professionals, and for other purposes.


The AMA recently put forth their findings about Truth in Advertising. Patients do not know who is a physician!


Full Text of the bill found here.


Please write to these legislators as part of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection to express support and request additional sponsors on this bill.


Here is an easy copy and paste format for your email.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Here are individual email addresses and phone numbers.  Don’t be afraid to tweet them as well #PPPStrong


United States House Energy Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection 115th Congress


Rep. Robert E. Latta – Ohio

Phone: 202–225–6405


Twitter: @BobLatta


Rep. Gregg Harper – Mississippi

Phone: 202–225–5031


Twitter: @GreggHarper


Rep. Fred Upton – Michigan

Phone: 202–225–3761


Twitter: @RepFredUpton


Rep. Michael Burgess- Texas

Phone: 202–225–7772


Twitter: @michaelcburgess


Rep. Leonard Lance – New Jersey

Phone: 202–225–5361


Twitter: @RepLanceNJ7


Rep. Brett Guthrie

Phone: 202–225–3501


Twitter: @RepGuthrie


Rep. David McKinley – West Virginia

Phone: 202–225–4172


Twitter: @RepMcKinley


Rep. Adam Kinzinger – Illinois

Phone: 202–225–3635


Twitter: @RepKinzinger


Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis – Florida

Phone: 202–225–5755


Twitter: @RepGusBilirakis


Rep. Larry Bucshon – Indiana

Phone: 202–225–4636


Twitter: @RepLarryBucshon


Rep. Markwayne Mullin – Oklahoma

Phone: 202–225–2701


Twitter: @RepMullin


Rep. Mimi Walters – California

Phone: 202–225–5611


Twitter: @RepMimiWalters


Rep. Ryan Costello – Pennsylvania

Phone: 202–225–4315


Twitter: @RepRyanCostello


Rep. Jan Schakowsky – Illinois

Phone: 202–225–2111


Twitter: @JanSchakowsky


Rep. Ben R. Lujan – New Mexico

Phone: 202–225–6190


Twitter: @RepBenRayLujan


Rep. Yvette D. Clarke

Phone: 202–225–6231


Twitter: @YvetteClarke


Rep. Tony Cárdenas – California

Phone: 202–225–6131


Twitter: @RepCardenas


Rep. Debbie Dingell – Michigan

Phone: 202–225–3611


Twitter: @RepDebDingell


Rep. Doris O. Matsui -California

Phone: 202–225–7163


Twitter: @DorisMatsui


Rep. Peter Welch – Vermont

Phone: 202–225–4115


Twitter: @PeterWelch


Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III

Phone: 202–225–5931


Twitter: @RepJoeKennedy


Rep. Gene Green- Texas

Phone: 202–225–1688


Twitter: @RepGeneGreen


Rep. Greg Walden – Oregon

Phone: 202–225–6730


Twitter: @RepGregWalden


Rep. Frank Pallone – New Jersey

Phone: 202–225–4671


Twitter: @FrankPallone




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