Charles N. Kahn III, MPH

Federation of American Hospitals

Charles N. Kahn III (“Chip”) is the President of the Federation of American Hospitals, which represents investor-owned hospitals and health systems. He is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on health policy and Medicare and is a well-recognized leader on health care issues and in the political arena.

In June of 2006, Mr. Kahn was named to a newly created health care stakeholder group known as the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and which coordinates efforts to provide electronic information about quality measurement, transparency, and improvements in care.

In 2005, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt appointed Mr. Kahn as a Commissioner of, and hospital industry representative to, the American Health Information Community, which provides guidance for the development, certification, and setting of national digital and interoperability standards for electronic health information technology.

Immediately prior to joining the Federation, Mr. Kahn served as President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), where he played a key role in developing the “strange bedfellows” coalition that refocused public attention to the plight of the nation’s uninsured.

Mr. Kahn has a long and distinguished career as a professional Capitol Hill staff member and played a pivotal role in developing major health legislation while staff director for the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. He received a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University.