Charles N. Kahn III (“Chip”) is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), the national public policy organization for investor-owned hospitals. Mr. Kahn represents FAH member companies in Washington. He is one of only six 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.
He also is at the forefront of national initiatives to shape policy for advancing health care quality and information technology, including as a member of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF). He also is a former member of the NQF’s Governing Board.
Previously, Mr. Kahn served as one of the nation’s top public policy leaders for the health insurance industry. As President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), he focused national attention upon the plight of the uninsured and was one of two “major movers” of an effort sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation bringing together a diverse, “strange bedfellows” coalition of often-opposing major national advocacy organizations to seek solutions for extending health coverage.
Mr. Kahn has an extensive and distinguished career as a professional staff person on Capitol Hill. During 1995-1998, as staff director for the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, he played a crucial role in formulating significant health legislation.
Mr. Kahn has taught health policy at The Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, and Tulane University and is the author or co-author of several articles and commentaries for Health Affairs. He 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, and he received the school’s 1988 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Mr. Kahn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University.