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Charles N. Kahn III

President, Federation of American Hospitals

Charles N. ("Chip") Kahn III is president of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national advocacy organization for investor-owned hospitals and health systems. Kahn became the Federation's president in June 2001. Before coming to the Federation, he was president of the Health Insurance Association of America. Kahn has a long career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, specializing in health policy issues. His efforts helped bring about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Medicare provisions of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Kahn also served as minority health counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee from 1986–93, where he helped shape national health entitlement legislation. Early in his career, Kahn directed the Office of Financial Management Education at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, where he worked primarily on developing the health care financial management curriculum. He holds a master of public health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.