Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Fake Surveyors, Part 2

This is the way the Indianapolis Star reported the issue I'd posted about the fake JCAHO surveyors:

Intruders try to gain access to hospitals' off-limit areas

In Indianapolis and elsewhere, authorities have reported cases, uncertain of motives.

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Cases of unauthorized people trying to gain access to restricted areas of hospitals in Indiana and across the country puzzle federal authorities and security officials.

Recently, on the same day an Indianapolis hospital reported suspicious people trying to enter its emergency department, two professionally dressed people carrying clipboards walked into the outpatient campus of Porter hospital in Valparaiso, saying they wanted to tour the facility. The two left when challenged.

Earlier, during a two-week period starting Feb. 26, people claiming to be inspectors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations tried to enter hospitals in Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit. The three incidents had no apparent relationship beyond the tactics of the intruders.

Indiana Department of Health spokesman Andy Zirkle confirmed that one Indianapolis hospital had reported an incident but would not elaborate. He directed further questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and to the FBI, but neither agency confirmed the incident.


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