Since June 2001, Charles “Chip” N. Kahn III 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. He is one of only five 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. Becker’s Hospital Review 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.


Currently, Mr. Kahn is at the forefront of national initiatives to shape policy for advancing health care quality and information technology. He represents the FAH as a member 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.


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 and was recognized 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.


Mr. Kahn has a long and distinguished career as a professional staff person on Capitol Hill, specializing in health policy issues. During 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).


Recent Posts by Charles Kahn

The Future Of Value-Based Payment—Time To Reexamine And Refocus Our Efforts

How does Medicare learn from the current programs to remain focused on improving patient care while maintaining relevance for clinicians and hospitals that are ever-improving their metrics and health care delivery?

Dynamic Debate: Health Affairs Forum Begins Value-Based Payment Discussion

“Continuous improvement” was the overarching theme at a recent Health Affairs Forum entitled “Envisioning the Future of Value Based Payment." Value-based payment programs have resulted in tremendous progress in advancing quality and value for patients, but there is more work to be done.

In Pursuit Of Hospital Quality: Creating Effective Performance Measures And Transparency In Health Care

Reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other research surfaced a decade and a half ago indicating that patients could not always be confident in the quality or safety of hospital care, and that too frequently in America hospital care was wanting. Much progress has been made since these...