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In this week's edition: "Don't Stop Your Giving," "Teddy bear tribute," "Pioneer ACO participation shows promise after first year," and more.

Stories in the 08/30/2013 Issue of Hotline

'Don’t Stop Your Giving'

With the premiere of the “Don’t Stop Your Giving” music video set to the tune of a classic Journey song, the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign is back in action for a second year.

Beary Fun

The Boston Bruins mascot and two of the team's Ice Girls visited the pediatric inpatient units on Aug. 23.

Partners in Excellence award nominations sought

THE DEADLINE to submit nominations for a 2013 Partners in Excellence (PIE) award is Sept. 13.

Pioneer ACO participation shows promise after first year

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced results from the first year of its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, which seeks to improve care while reducing costs for Medicare patients.

Snapping up savings on exam gloves

A team was formed to evaluate exam gloves after the current vendor, which supplies about 80 percent of the system’s gloves, projected a significant price hike.

Teddy bear tribute

A 13-year-old, who stitched and stuffed 54 bright and colorful bears, delivered them to pediatric patients at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

Use of clot-dissolving drug for ischemic stroke nearly doubled from 2003 to 2011.

A team of researchers reports both an overall increase in the use of tPA to dissolve clots blocking arteries supplying the brain and administration of the potentially life-saving drug to a more diverse group of patients.

Wait watchers

At the MGH, a new system aimed at providing patients with an accurate indicator of wait-time is now being implemented in the hospital’s Medical Walk-In Unit.

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