mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. How Safety-Net Hospitals Are Improving the Patient Experience Some healthcare providers say there are certain patient populations that hospitals are never going to make happy, but the leaders interviewed in this article insist that simply isn’t true.  Read about the difference they say a compassionate mindset and a hospital-wide effort can make when it comes to improving the patient experience for our nation’s sickest and poorest individuals.
  2. Operating Room Noise May Pose Risks to Clinicians, Patients Researches from the University of Kentucky recently reported in a study that nearly 90% of anesthesiologists and even more nurses say they have experienced difficulty hearing in the operating room.  Learn more about how different individuals, including surgeons, perceive OR noise, which can intensify depending on the presence of an array of contributing factors, and consider how this threat to communication could impact patient safety.
  3. CMS Proposes Final Rule Defining Standards for Marketplace Navigators Beginning January 2014, millions of Americans will become eligible for health insurance coverage provided through the nation’s new Health Insurance Marketplace.  In preparation, for this landmark event, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized its proposed rule outlining the standards by which ”Navigators” will provide accurate information about health insurance and unbiased guidance to individuals shopping for insurance via Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.