An assessment of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will be presented to the American Hospital Association's board this week at its annual convention in San Francisco. The report is based on questionnaires mailed in mid-June to 666 hospitals that underwent accreditation surveys by the JCAHO from Jan. 1 to May 19. The high response rate for the survey in a tight time frame shows continued strong interest in the JCAHO's performance. Tabulation and analysis was done by National Research Corp. of Lincoln, Neb.
James Rieder, 58, last week was named president and chief executive officer of 652-bed Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Rieder had been president and CEO at 389-bed Arlington (Va.) Hospital since 1989. He replaces Nancy Carlstedt, who left earlier this summer (May 8, p. 19).
Robert Ray, 66, will step down at the end of next year as president and chief executive officer of IASD Health Services Corp., the Des Moines, Iowa-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer said last week. Ray, a former Iowa governor, led IASD out of the red not long after he took the helm in 1989. IASD, formed through a merger of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Iowa and South Dakota, has more than 1 million policy holders and some $1.2 billion in annual revenues. Ray's retirement is set for Dec. 31, 1996.