Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

A local hospital recently added a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy for all employees. It seemed they felt they could provide safer, more effective care if officials and co-workers of the organization were oblivious to facts about their associates. When asked what the healthcare system expected to accomplish, officials stated the "don't ask, don't tell policy" should help the organization advance their quality agenda, improve their relationships with key physicians and insurance companies, improve their patient satisfaction and associate engagement and drive stronger financial margins...

In these day where we need to provide more transparent leadership, how will the public respond to the tactics from the healthcare system above?

The same should hold true for our military. According to the Washington Post, House lawmakers on Wednesday again approved a bill to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, delivering renewed momentum to the years-long campaign to end the ban on gays in the military ahead of a possible Senate vote next week.

As you probably imagined, the healthcare organization above is a made up story. There are many things we are far behind with in healthcare but the "don't ask, don't tell policy" is not one of them.

The nation needs continued transparency in all we do so we could make the most effective decisions based on our collective input.

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