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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, September 17, 2007
Today's Globe: paying for errors, Native American vets at risk, Martin D. Abeloff, health reform
About half of Massachusetts hospitals say they have adopted policies to waive charges for serious medical errors such as wrong-site surgery and harmful medication mistakes, and others say they plan to, amid growing resistance from government and health insurers to paying for poor outcomes.
Mental health workers are looking for new ways to help Native American service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But in New England, the effort to reach out to Native American veterans is lagging, mental health specialists and some Native Americans say.
Martin D. Abeloff, 65, an international authority on the treatment of breast cancer and chief oncologist and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University for the past 15 years, died of leukemia Friday at the center in Baltimore.