Charles N. Kahn III

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Charles Kahn

Charles N. ("Chip") Kahn III (born 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH),[1] whose member companies own nearly 20 percent of all American hospital beds.[2] Kahn and the FAH represent their members on health policy issues like health care reform and hospital care quality improvement.

Early life[edit]

Kahn was born and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Charles N. Kahn II, is a retired engineer and his mother, Felicia Kahn, is active in local and state politics. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social and behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

After graduating Kahn completed an administrative residency with the Teaching Hospital Department of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He then served the Office of Financial Management Education at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.[3][4] Afterwards he served as a senior health policy advisor to former Senator David Durenberger (R-MN) and as legislative assistant for health to then-Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN).[5]

Political campaigning[edit]

Kahn's political campaign experience began as a high school student when he first met and worked for Newt Gingrich, then a Tulane University graduate student, and the Louisiana campaign director for the presidential campaign of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller (R-NY).[6]:23 In 1969, Kahn served in what became the successful campaign for Maurice Edwin ("Moon") Landrieu, elected in 1970 as Mayor of New Orleans, and worked in Mayor Landrieu's Administration in 1975.[4][6]:66 In 1974 and 1976, Kahn managed Gingrich's first two campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.[6]:41, 43

Congressional support[edit]

From 1986 to 1993 and from 1995 to 1998, Kahn served the Health Subcommittee of the United States House of RepresentativesWays and Means Committee, first as Minority Health Counsel and then as Staff Director. During this time he helped develop legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.[5] From 1993 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2001, Kahn held positions with the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/President-Designate and President.[7][8]

Health reform debates[edit]

During the Obama Administration's 2009–2010 health reform initiative, Kahn, as President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, worked with leaders of the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States in creating a hospital industry agreement with congressional leaders and the administration. The agreement played a role in the passage and enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (42 USC 18001).[9] During the Clinton administration's 1993–1994 health reform initiative, Kahn was responsible for the Health Insurance Association of America’s "Harry and Louise" $14–20 million advertising/public affairs campaign, which influenced the national debate about President Clinton’s healthcare proposal.[10]


Kahn serves as a member of the Governing Board of the National Quality Forum (NQF), where he helps build consensus on national priorities for healthcare quality reform and the standards for measuring and reporting on quality.[11] He also serves on the strategy-setting Coordinating Committee of the NQF's Measure Applications Partnership,[11] which was established under the Affordable Care Act to advise the federal Department of Health and Human Services on selecting measures for public reporting and performance-based healthcare payment programs.

Kahn also is a founding principal of the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA), a private–public partnership that he helped to initiate.[12] The HQA is a national private–public collaboration focused on improving hospital quality and making comparative quality information available to the public through the Hospital Compare website.


Becker’s Hospital Review named Kahn one of the top 10 most powerful people to know in healthcare and he is one of only 8 people who have appeared every year on what now is known as Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list, since its inception.[13][14][15][16][17][18] The Hill newspaper has listed Kahn as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists for 12 consecutive years and wrote that Kahn "has influenced healthcare policy and politics in Washington more than all but a handful of others".[2][19]

In a 2009 article about health reform, Time listed Kahn as the only hospital industry representative on its "Who Will Decide: 14 players to watch" list.[20][4] In 2001, Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine awarded Kahn its "Champion of Public Health Award," and Tulane University's Department of Health Systems Management recognized him as one of its "most important alumni."[21]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ FAH Press Release. "Federation of American Hospitals Names Charles N. Kahn III As New President Archived October 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." May 25, 2001.
  2. ^ a b By Milt Freudenheim, The New York Times. "Hospital Group Offers Plan on Health Coverage for All." February 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Charles N. Kahn III’s Biography Archived October 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c The Washington Post. ""
  5. ^ a b Leading Authorities website. Biography of Charles N. ("Chip") Kahn Archived August 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c Steely, Mel, "The Gentleman from Georgia"( Mercer University Press) 2000.
  7. ^ The Hotline. "Chip Kahn Heads Back To HIAA." December 10, 1997.
  8. ^ The Washington Post. "Associations/Nonprofit." April 19, 1993
  9. ^ Public Law 111-148, 111th Congress. March 23, 2010
  10. ^ Goldsteen, Raymond L. et al., "Harry and Louise and Health Care Reform: Romancing Public Opinion," Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 26, No. 6, December 2001, Duke University Press
  11. ^ a b NQF website
  12. ^ FAH Press Release. "The Record/Hospital Quality Alliance/HQA Press Releases/quality_initiative_statement_121202.pdf Quality Measures Framework: An Important First Step[permanent dead link]." December 12, 2002
  13. ^ By David Burda, Modern Healthcare. "Presidential Pull." August 24, 2009.
  14. ^ By Jennifer Lubell, Modern Healthcare. "100 Most Powerful at a glance." August 24, 2009.
  15. ^ Modern Healthcare. "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare – 2010."
  16. ^ Becker’s Hospital Review. "30 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare."
  17. ^ Becker’s Hospital Review. "Hospital Industry Leader to Know: Chip Kahn." June 15, 2010.
  18. ^ Becker’s Hospital Review. "10 Most Powerful People in Healthcare Archived September 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." August 6, 2009.
  19. ^ By Jeffrey Young, The Hill. "The Man in the Arena." September 22, 2008.
  20. ^ By Karen Tumulty, TIME. "The 5 Big Health Care Dilemmas." June 15, 2009
  21. ^ "AUPHA Exchange," Fall, 2009 Association of University Programs in Health Administration Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.: 19