Charles N. Kahn III
President & Chief Executive Officer
Since June 2001, Chip has served as President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national advocacy organization for investor-owned hospitals.
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.
These traits combined with his dedication to civic involvement were the main reasons he recently received the prestigious B’nai B’rith 2016 National Health Care Award, which has recognized exceptional trailblazers in the health care industry for more than 30 years.
“Chip Kahn has used his leadership in the health care industry to help Americans get the hospital care they desperately need. Throughout his long career, Chip has played a key role in health care reform—that and his passion for the industry is why I am very pleased to have B’nai B’rith honor him with this award,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
Mr. Kahn is one of only three 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. In 2016, the magazine credited him with helping shape health care policy and said he is at the “forefront of change.”
In December 2018, The Hill newspaper selected Mr. Kahn as one of the capital’s top lobbyists for the 18th consecutive year. Becker’s Hospital Review also 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. 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 leading edge of national initiatives to shape policy for advancing health care quality and information technology. In 2016, he was appointed the co-chair 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 AdhereHealth, a medication therapy management company and serves on the U.S. Executive Council for the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI). He is also 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.
In August 2015, Health Affairs published a report authored by 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.
The report led to a forum hosted by Health Affairs - "Envisioning The Future Of Value Based Payment.” FAH was a sponsor of the event, which provided a robust discussion of existing and developing value-based payment programs for hospitals and physicians. It also examined how paying for value should evolve in a future with electronic health records, big data analytics, and personalized medicine.
Mr. Kahn further advanced the discussion in blog posted on HealthAffairs.org entitled, “Dynamic Debate: Health Affairs Forum Begins Value-Based Payment Discussion.”
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 International Advisory Committee of The Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research.
Mr. Kahn is an avid amateur photographer, and his photography has been displayed at juried exhibitions. You can see some of his work at chipkahn.com.
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. Mr. Kahn was recognized for this work 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 was characterized by Advertising Age magazine as “among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history.” It ultimately assumed a major role during consideration of President Clinton’s proposed health reform plan. 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. From 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.
Academics and Teaching
Mr. Kahn holds a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which in 2001 bestowed upon him its prestigious “Champion of Public Health” award. He also received the school’s 1988 Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Mr. Kahn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He was inducted into the Georgetown University Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, a national academic honor society for students in healthcare administration, and is a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate studies in public health.
Mr. Kahn taught health policy at The Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, and Tulane University.
Mr. Kahn has also written extensively about health financing. A commentary that he authored – “Payment Reform Alone Will Not Transform Health Care Delivery” – appeared in January 2009 as a Web Exclusive for Health Affairs. 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” – appeared in the January/February, 2006 edition of Health Affairs.
“Building A Consensus For Expanding Health Care Coverage,” co-authored with Ron Pollack of Families USA, appeared in the January/February 2001 edition of Health Affairs. Another paper that he co-authored – “Budget Bills As Precedents For Medicare Policy: The Politics of the BBA” – appeared in the January/February 1999 edition of Health Affairs; and “Why We Should Keep the Employment-Based Health Insurance System” is in the November/December, 1999 edition of Health Affairs.