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LOS AN­GE­LES—

UCLA Health Sys­tem has agreed to pay $865,500 in an agree­ment with HHS’ Of­fice for Civil Rights to set­tle two pri­vacy and se­cu­rity com­plaints un­der the Health In­surance Porta­bil­ity and Accountability Act of 1996. The res­o­lu­tion agree­ment also re­quires the sys­tem to com­mit to a cor­rec­tive-ac­tion plan and im­ple­ment pri­vacy and se­cu­rity poli­cies ap­proved by the Of­fice for Civil Rights, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Civil Rights’ web­site. The hos­pi­tal must des­ig­nate an in­de­pen­dent mon­i­tor to as­sess com­pli­ance the wake of rev­e­la­tions that the med­i­cal records of news­woman Maria Shriver, the wife of then-Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger; pop diva Brit­ney Spears; and ac­tress Far­rah Fawcett all had been ac­cessed by hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees.

LA JOLLA, Calif.—

Scripps Health has bro­ken ground on a new $456 mil­lion car­dio­vas­cu­lar cen­ter. The 383,000-square­foot, seven-story Scripps Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute will have 168 beds, six op­er­at­ing rooms and four car­diac catheter­i­za­tion and elec­tro­phys­i­ol­ogy labs. The in­sti­tute is slated to open in 2015 and is the first step “lit­tle to no in­crease” in costs to Blue Shield HMO mem­bers in 2012 and then “low sin­gle-digit in­creases” the fol­low­ing two years. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, it is the in­tent of the par­ties in­volved to ex­tend the col­lab­o­ra­tion for a longer pe­riod with the goal of build­ing an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion that im­proves the qual­ity and low­ers the cost of care through bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion. “The col­lab­o­ra­tion will be struc­tured to de­liver med­i­cal cost re­lief to lo­cal em­ploy­ers” while of­fer­ing HMO mem­bers “unique med­i­cal ini­tia­tives,” All­Care CEO Matt Coury said in the re­lease.

TE­MEC­ULA, Calif.—

Con­struc­tion has started on the first hos­pi­tal to be built in this com­mu­nity lo­cated in south­ern River­side County. The 140-bed, five-story Te­mec­ula Val­ley Hos­pi­tal is ex­pected to be com­pleted in sum­mer 2013. The hos­pi­tal, built on 37 acres, will pro­vide acute-care ser­vices in­clud­ing an emer­gency depart­ment, 20-bed in­ten­sive-care unit, six sur­gi­cal suites, dig­i­tal imag­ing and an elec­tronic clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tem. All pa­tient rooms will be pri­vate. The hos­pi­tal is owned by Uni­ver­sal Health Ser­vices of King of Prus­sia, Pa.

LAS VE­GAS—

Unit­edHealth Group agreed to pay a $1 mil­lion fine to the state of Ne­vada for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing the terms of its 2008 ac­qui­si­tion of health in­surer Sierra Health Ser­vices. Ne­vada reg­u­la­tors said Unit­edHealth’s ac­qui­si­tion of Fis­erv’s health­care-re­lated busi­ness over­stepped an an­titrust en­force­ment ac­tion that per­mit­ted the sale of Las Ve­gas-based Sierra Health Ser­vices to Unit­edHealth for $2.6 bil­lion. Unit­edHealth pur­chased Fis­erv’s healthre­lated busi­ness in Jan­uary 2008. Ne­vada At­tor­ney Gen­eral Cather­ine Cortez Masto re­quired as­sur­ance at the time that the in­surer would not ac­quire or merge with Fis­erv Ne­vada, a health­care ben­e­fits ad­min­is­tra­tor, and placed re­stric­tions on joint ven­ture ac­tiv­ity. But through a se­ries of as­sign­ments, Unit­edHealth ac­quired all but one of Fis­erv Ne­vada’s ac­tive cus­tomers, its em­ploy­ees and as­sets, Masto said in a news re­lease. The new set­tle­ment also re­quires Unit­edHealth to change its in­ter­nal poli­cies to pro­tect con­fi­den­tial data on Ne­vada-based cus­tomers pre­vi­ously with Fis­erv Ne­vada. The Min­netonka, Minn.based in­surer said in a state­ment that it is pleased to have re­solved the mat­ter but that it dis­agrees “with the al­le­ga­tions be­cause Unit­edHealth Group did not ac­quire an in­ter­est in, or en­gage in a joint ven­ture with Fis­erv Ne­vada.”

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