Third hospital reports bogus JCAHO surveyor
March 15, 2005
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations alerted hospitals again to the importance of checking the ID badge of anyone claiming to be a JCAHO surveyor, following a third report that a bogus JCAHO surveyor had attempted to gain access to a hospital.
The latest imposter arrived at a hospital in the Midwest at about 8 a.m. March 10, claimed that no JCAHO identification was needed but then fled when pressed by hospital staff, JCAHO said in an e-mail alert to organizations it accredits. JCAHO said it alerted federal authorities and encouraged the hospital to report the incident to local authorities.
Earlier this month, two hospitals reported incidents in which individuals posing as JCAHO surveyors attempted to gain access to areas of the hospital but fled after being questioned.
JCAHO is urging hospitals that have experienced a similar episode in the past year or have questions about whether someone is a JCAHO surveyor to contact their account representative or JCAHO's vice president of accreditation field operations, Joe Cappiello, at (630) 792-5757.