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PHILADEL­PHIA—

Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity Health Sys­tem agreed to pay the U.S. $130,000 and change its drug dis­pens­ing sys­tem af­ter a fed­eral au­dit and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of its pro­ce­dures found prob­lems with the way its phar­ma­cies were keep­ing track of con­trolled sub­stances. The two-hos­pi­tal sys­tem co­op­er­ated with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­view af­ter its chief of anes­the­si­ol­ogy at 740-bed Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal sold 60 vials of ke­tamine to an un­der­cover agent in 2004, lead­ing to the physi­cian’s ar­rest and con­vic­tion, ac­cord­ing to an agree­ment reached with the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Philadel­phia and an­nounced late last month. More record-keep­ing is­sues were un­cov­ered with a sec­ond re­view af­ter an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist at 186-bed Jeanes Hos­pi­tal was found to have manipulated Tem­ple’s com­put­er­ized dis­pens­ing sys­tem in or­der to pil­fer fen­tanyl and mor­phine for his own use. In a writ­ten state­ment, the sys­tem em­pha­sized that ad­min­is­tra­tors co­op­er­ated with both in­ves­ti­ga­tions and, in the sec­ond case, trig­gered the ac­tion by re­port­ing their sus­pi­cions about the physi­cian to the po­lice. “We are pleased that the amount of the agree­ment rec­og­nizes the hos­pi­tals’ con­trols and re­port­ing sys­tems that have been in­sti­tuted over the past six years,” the state­ment said.

HART­FORD, Conn.—

Health Net of Con­necti­cut has agreed to pay $375,000 in penal­ties for fail­ing to safe­guard mem­ber in­for­ma­tion from mis­use by third par­ties, Con­necti­cut In­surance Com­mis­sioner Thomas Sul­li­van said. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease an­nounc­ing the fine, Health Net fully co­op­er­ated with the in­surance com­mis­sioner’s re­view of a 2009 data breach in which Health Net lost per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion of about 500,000 Con­necti­cut mem­bers. In a state­ment, Health Net said it worked with the state’s in­surance com­mis­sioner to im­prove se­cu­rity and agreed to com­plete mea­sures re­quested by the reg­u­la­tor. There has been no ev­i­dence the lost data has been mis­used, ac­cord­ing to Health Net’s state­ment. The in­surer will of­fer mem­bers af­fected by the breach free credit mon­i­tor­ing, $1 mil­lion of iden­tity theft in­surance and fraud res­o­lu­tion ser­vice for two years. Health Net also said it would cover the cost to re­store mem­bers’ iden­tity in the event of iden­tity theft. “Pro­tect­ing the pri­vacy of our mem­bers is ex­tremely im­por­tant to us,” Health Net said in the state­ment. The Con­necti­cut in­surance com­mis­sioner’s ac­tion fol­lows in­quiries by the state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice, which reached an agree­ment in July for Health Net to pay $250,000 af­ter the dis­ap­pear­ance of a hard drive with in­for­ma­tion for roughly 1.5 mil­lion cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers.

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