Charles Kahn

President of the Federation of American Hospitals
Charles Kahn
  • Named 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magizine
  • Former minority health counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
  • Featured by Time magazine as the sole hospital industry representative on its “Who Will Decide: Fourteen Players to Watch” list
  • Breaks down today’s complicated health care debate to address the ramification of various plans

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Charles N. (“Chip”) Kahn III is the president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national public policy organization for investor-owned hospitals, a position that he has held since June 2001. The Hill writes that Kahn “has influenced health care policy and politics in Washington more than all but a handful of others.” With more than 30 years of experience, he is recognized as one of the country’s most insightful and articulate experts on health policy, health care reform legislation, Medicare and Medicaid payment, health care financing, and health coverage.

Accolades. Kahn’s extensive health policy experience makes him one of the Capitol’s most effective and accomplished trade association executives. He is one of only 12 health care leaders who have ever appeared on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list. In 2010, The Hill newspaper selected him as one of the Capitol’s top lobbyists for the 10th consecutive year. Becker’s Hospital Review named him as one of its “10 most Powerful People in Health Care” and as a “Hospital Industry Leader to Know.” The Washington Post has described Kahn as “a crucial health-reform player,” and Time magazine featured him as the sole hospital industry representative on its 2009 “Who Will Decide: Fourteen Players to Watch” list. Also, under his leadership, the former Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) was named by Fortune magazine for three consecutive years as the nation’s most influential insurance trade association.

Harry and Louise. As HIAA’s executive vice president, Kahn ran the precedent-setting “Harry and Louise” campaign, which played a major role during the consideration of President Clinton’s heath reform plan and is still regarded as one of the most effective mass-marketing campaigns ever. The campaign was characterized by Advertising Age magazine as “among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history.”

Shaping Health Care Legislation. Kahn is at the national forefront to shape policy for advancing health care quality and information technology. He played a crucial role in formulating significant legislation while serving as staff director for the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. His efforts brought about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Kahn also 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 Senator David Durenberger (R-MN) and legislative assistant for health to Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN).

Education Past and Present. Kahn taught health policy at Johns Hopkins, George Washington, and Tulane Universities, where he wrote about health care financing. He has authored myriad commentaries for Health Affairs that have appeared both in print and as web exclusives. Kahn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and holds a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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Chip Kahn on Medical Care and Public Health

Health Policy. With decades of experience in health policy development and the politics of health care, Chip Kahn is at the forefront of all national initiatives to advance health care quality. He has worked from the policy, provider, and insurance points of view and has the expertise to take complex and complicated health care issues and break them down into understandable pieces for audiences of all levels. With his firsthand knowledge of the behind-the-scenes activity for all major health care legislation, Kahn is both a craftsman and translator of health policy. In his presentations, he addresses the formation of health policy, its integration with information technology, how advances in the two will shape the future of our country’s health care, the future of health care policy, and the politics behind reform.

Health Care Reform. Since 1983, Chip Kahn has been involved on all health care reform legislation, whether directly (from Capitol Hill) or indirectly (through negotiations on the insurance or hospital sides of the argument). Having been involved in both the first iteration of health care reform under President Clinton as a leader of key interest groups and in the latest reform legislation, Kahn is truly a critical player. He addresses the current health care legislation and its potential ramifications for health service organizations, insurance providers, and taxpayers alike. With this extensive background in the policy side of health care and his time spent formulating significant legislation, Kahn dissects the labyrinthine health care legislation into small, workable parts and addresses the pros, cons, and ramifications of the plan.

Medicare and Medicaid Policy. Chip Kahn’s experience on Capitol Hill and working with hospitals – combined with his involvement in all major health care legislation – gives him valuable insight into the critical interaction between Medicare, Medicaid, delivery reform, and national concerns over deficit and fiscal problems. Kahn addresses how these programs will fit into the future of our country’s health care system, the history of the programs, and the political battles that surround them. He also discusses the intersection of health policy and national and state fiscal policies.

Health Care Financing. Kahn addresses how health care is financed in the United States and how the current budget deficit and poor economy will shape how we pay for our health care services in the future. With his extensive practical and theoretical experience in the industry, Kahn discusses the intersection of health care, the government, businesses, and Wall Street. As the government and the private sector currently finance health care, Kahn utilizes his experience in the insurance industry to addresses how private health insurance works, how it can become cheaper, and the fiscal issues surrounding private insurance.

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