Toward a high-performance management system in health care, Part 5: How high-performance work practices facilitate speaking up in health care organizations

Background Employees’ reluctance to speak up about problems and/or make suggestions for improvement is a noted barrier to quality and patient safety improvement in health care organizations. High-performance work practices (HPWPs) offer a framework for considering how management practices can encourage speaking up in these organizations. Purposes We aimed to explore how implementation of HPWPs…

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A taxonomy of hospitals based on partnerships for population health management

Background: Hospitals face growing pressures and opportunities to engage with partner organizations in efforts to improve population health at the community level. Variation has been observed in the degree to which hospitals develop such partnerships. Purpose: The aim of this study was to generate a taxonomy of hospitals based on their partnerships with external organizations,…

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These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

Most Americans have never heard of Dr. Richard Whitley, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Yet as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and the public eagerly awaits a vaccine, he may well be among the most powerful people in the country. Whitley leads a small, secret panel of experts tasked…

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