KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The state Agency for Health Care Administration will review practices at a Kissimmee hospital that issued a physician assistant badge to a teenager.
The 17-year-old was arrested last week after officials at Osceola Regional Medical Center called police about suspicions that he was an impostor. Officials say he claimed to be a 23-year-old student in the PA program at Nova Southeastern University. He faces five felony counts of impersonating a physician's assistant.
The agency announced Wednesday its probe focuses on the hospital's credentialing process, patient rights and other issues. Spokeswoman Shelisha Coleman says the agency will conduct surprise inspections at the hospital.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that during inspections earlier this year, the agency concluded that a nurse in the emergency room failed to follow a doctor's orders.
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