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University of Michigan
Boards and Advisory Committees
Measure Applications Partnership
Member of the Coordinating Committee
Arlington Academy of Hope
National Academy of Social Insurance
Institute of Medicine
Member of the Board On Health Care Services
Board of Advisors Member
Partnership for Prevention
Center for Studying Health System Change
Member of the Advisory Committee
The Future of Children
Member of the Advisory Board
The Emergent Group LLC
Member of Advisory Board
Health System Change
Advisory Committee Member
National Quality Forum
Member of the Governing Board
then-Senator Dan Quayle
Senior Health Policy Advisor
Bachelor of Arts
Johns Hopkins University
Masters of Public Health
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Charles N. "Chip" Kahn III is President of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national advocacy organization fro investor-owned hospitals and health systems.
He has held this position since 2001. Prior to the Federation, Kahn was one of the leaders in the health insurance industry serving as Executive Vice President and President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA). As Executive Vice President, Kahn was instrumental in mounting the ground-breaking "Harry and Louise" campaign that called into question the Clinton health reform plan in 1993 and 1994. Kahn has a distinguished career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill specializing in health policy issues. Kahn has served as Staff Director for the Health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. On this committee, his efforts helped form the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Medicare provisions of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Kahn later served as a senior health policy advisor to former Senator David Durenberger, (R-MN), as well as a legislative assistant of health to former Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN). Kahn serves on the Boards and Advisory Committees of various organizations including the University of Michigan's Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured, the Partnership for Prevention, the Center for Studying Health Systems Change and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Fellowships Program. Kahn teaches health policy at The Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Tulane University. Kahn received a B.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which in 2001 bestowed upon him its prestigious "Champion of Public Health" award. He is a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate studies in public health.
"Losses of this magnitude," declared AHA President & CEO Richard J. Pollack, MPA, and FAH President & CEO Charles N. Kahn III, MPH, in their letter to Congress, "cannot be sustained and will adversely impact patients' access to care, decimate hospitals' and health systems' ability to provide services, weaken local economies.
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Charles N. Kahn III
Mr. Kahn's extensive health policy expertise, outstanding leadership abilities, lengthy Capitol Hill experience, and proven campaign and communications skills make him one of Washington, DC's most effective and accomplished trade association executives. He is one of only five health care leaders who have appeared on Modern Healthcare magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list (formerly the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" list) since its inception. Becker's Hospital Review included Mr. Kahn on its "50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" list for 2015. He also appeared on the list in 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. In November 2016, The Hill selected Mr. Kahn as one of the capital's top lobbyists for the 16th consecutive year. Fortune magazine, for three consecutive years, named the former Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), under Mr. Kahn's leadership, as the nation's most influential insurance trade association. Currently, Mr. Kahn is at the forefront of national initiatives to shape policy for advancing health care quality and information technology. He represents the FAH as a member of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a multi-stakeholder private-public partnership for developing and implementing a national strategy for health care quality measurement. He also is a former member of the NQF's Governing Board. He was also recently chosen to serve on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Quality for People with Serious Illness. Mr. Kahn is a member of the Board of Directors of PharmMD, a medication therapy management company. He is the past Chair of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, which funds a 12-month postgraduate experience in Washington, D.C. as well as scholarships for health policy graduate students. Mr. Kahn is also the recipient of the B'nai B'rith 2016 National Health Care Award, which has recognized exceptional trailblazers in the health care industry for more than 30 years. Organizers chose Mr. Kahn because he has a history of dedicated leadership and outstanding civic involvement in the health care field and in the broader community. In August 2015, Health Affairs published a report authored Mr. Kahn entitled, Assessing Medicare's Hospital Pay-for-Performance Programs and Whether They Are Achieving Their Goals. It examined the impact of three key Medicare pay-for-performance programs: Value-based Purchasing (VBP), the Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. In February, 2014, in Dead Sea, Israel, Mr. Kahn co-chaired "Measuring Quality in Hospitals - Are the Goals Conflicting? an International Workshop sponsored by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research. Earlier, in September, 2009, in Caesarea, Israel, Mr. Kahn co-chaired another International Workshop sponsored by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research entitled "Pay for Performance - Can it Improve the Quality and Value of Israeli Health Care? He also serves as a member of the Israel Health Care Foundation board. Mr. Kahn is an avid amateur photographer, and his photography has been displayed at juried exhibitions. Experience Previously, Mr. Kahn served as a principal of the former Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA), a private-public partnership that he helped to initiate, and as a Commissioner of the American Health Information Community, a former federal policy advisory panel responsible for advising then-HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt about the diffusion of health information technology. Before coming to the FAH, Mr. Kahn was one of the nation's top public policy leaders for the health insurance industry. During his tenure as President of the HIAA, he focused national attention upon the plight of the uninsured and was recognized as one of two "major movers" of an effort sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that brought together a diverse, "strange bedfellows" coalition of often-opposing major national advocacy organizations to seek solutions for extending health coverage. In 1993 and 1994, as HIAA Executive Vice President, Mr. Kahn ran the precedent-setting "Harry and Louise" campaign, which ultimately assumed a major role during consideration of President Clinton's proposed health reform plan. The "Harry and Louise" campaign was characterized by Advertising Age magazine as "among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history. In 2000, Mr. Kahn brought back "Harry and Louise" as advocates for the uninsured, a move applauded even by traditional critics of the health insurance industry. Mr. Kahn has a long and distinguished career as a professional staff person on Capitol Hill, specializing in health policy issues. During 1995-1998, he played a crucial role in formulating significant health legislation while serving as staff director for the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. During this time, his efforts helped bring about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA). From 1986-1993, Mr. Kahn served as minority health counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, where he contributed to shaping virtually every major piece of national health entitlement and health-related tax legislation. Earlier in his Capitol Hill career, he served as senior health policy advisor to former Senator David Durenberger (R-MN) and legislative assistant for health to then-Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN). Mr. Kahn cut his political teeth in the 1970s. In 1974 and 1976, he managed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's first two campaigns for the House of Representatives, and in 1975, he worked for Mayor Moon Landrieu of New Orleans. From June 1980 to June 1983, Mr. Kahn directed the Office of Financial Management Education at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) after completing an administrative residency with the Teaching Hospital Department of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Mr. Kahn taught health policy at The Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, and Tulane University and writes about health care financing. A commentary that he wrote - "Payment Reform Alone Will Not Transform Health Care Delivery" - appeared in January 2009 as a Web Exclusive for Health Affairs, the nation's most prestigious health policy journal. Another commentary -"Intolerable Risk, Irreparable Harm: The Legacy Of Physician-Owned Specialty Hospitals" - and a paper for which he was the lead author - "Snapshot Of Hospital Quality Reporting And Pay-For-Performance Under Medicare" - appears in the January/February, 2006 edition of Health Affairs.
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Charles N. Kahn III (Chip)
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Charles N. Kahn III
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