Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Announces New Executive Director, Federal Advocacy Expert Ralph Kohl

WASHINGTON, D.C.— (December 14, 2022) – The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS) today
announces Ralph Kohl as the new Executive Director. Kohl, a seasoned and recognized health care association expert, will serve as the coalition’s leader and will work closely with HCAPS partners to set a strategic plan for the future.

HCAPS was founded in 2018 by the American Optometric Association to advocate for patient safety and
to protect the doctor-patient relationship, the essential foundation of personalized health care decision-making.

“Mr. Kohl brings a strong mix of in-depth patient health care advocacy and years of federal and
regulatory experience to HCAPS,” said David Cockrell, O.D., HCAPS Chairman. “With the power of diverse health care, association and patient safety-minded partners, the coalition has made great strides in driving policies that prioritize the health and safety of patients in the U.S. We know that Mr. Kohl’s acumen and passion will drive the future growth and impact of the organization.”

With nearly 20 years of health care advocacy and lobbying experience in Washington, D.C., Kohl has worked with leading health professional organizations to advance legislation and policies that help improve patient care in the U.S. Previously, Kohl worked for the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) and led AANA’s federal legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. Additionally, Kohl has worked in senior roles with health care professional associations at the federal and state levels as well as a staff member for the New York State Legislature in Albany, New York.

“I’m thrilled to continue the important work to protect and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship through HCAPS,” said Ralph Kohl, executive director of HCAPS. “This coalition has the tremendous opportunity to elevate health care. I look forward to working with our partners to facilitate collaboration and champion policies that push patient care and vision protection forward.”

In the coming year, the HCAPS partners and leadership team will be working hand-in-hand to evolve and
advance the organization’s key principles, including:

  • Support and advocate for the center of every health care decision: the doctor-patient
    relationship and ensure the delivery of quality care and healthy outcomes.
  • Support and advocate for the safest, healthiest and most effective use of medical devices while
    promoting the advancements in technology to create better patient health outcomes.
  • Support and advocate for the inviolability of a patient's prescription, determined through
    consultation between a patient and his or her doctor.
  • Support and advocate for needed enforcement and/or needed strengthening of patient health
    and safety laws and regulations.
  • Educate and inform policymakers, the media and the public about the importance of doctor-patient decision-making and respond to dangerous, abusive or harmful medical device marketing practices that undermine quality care or place patients at increased risk for harm.

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About The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS), founded in 2018, advocates for eye health and safety and elevates the doctor-patient relationship – the essential foundation of personal health care decision-making. Members of the Alliance for Patient Safety work together to raise awareness and protect public health. Advancing policy and collaboration between leading eye health advocates, vision innovators and trusted voices is essential to elevate patient care. 

The Alliance is made up of patient safety advocates, eye doctors, and contact lens manufacturers. Current partners include the American Optometric Association, Johnson & Johnson Vision, EssilorLuxottica, Alcon and CooperVision.


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