For the last three decades, B’nai B’rith has underscored the outstanding work of health care leaders and corporations that established the standards for health and education initiatives. The standards implemented by these renowned experts have improved the lives of so many people and their communities around the world.
“Chip Kahn has used his leadership in the health care industry to help Americans get the hospital care they desperately need. Throughout his long career, Chip has played a key role in health care reform—that and his passion for the industry is why I am very pleased to have B’nai B’rith honor him with this award,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.
Kahn, having served as president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) since 2001, leads a trade association that has been instrumental in reforming several health care policies throughout the United States and has represented more than 1,000 investor-owned or managed community hospitals nationwide. Kahn has used his skills as a health care expert and his extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill to create successful health care campaigns that have changed the industry for the better. Kahn has appeared on Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list, and is one of only six health care leaders who have been included every year since its inception.
Prior to working at the FAH, Kahn served as president of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) from 1999 to 2001. As president, Kahn spearheaded the push for national attention that targeted medical patients who are uninsured, and advocated for solutions that would extend health coverage. In 2003, the HIAA merged with the American Association of Health Plans to form America’s Health Insurance Plans.
From 1995 to 1998 Kahn worked for the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee as the staff director, and helped develop the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act 1997. Kahn started his career in politics when, in 1974 and 1976, he managed two campaigns for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also worked for Mayor Moon Landrieu of New Orleans in 1975.
“Chip Kahn’s successes in the health care industry and on Capitol Hill have been monumental in shaping the health care industry. Chip and the Federation of American Hospitals equip and prepare hospitals for when they must deal with infectious diseases, environmental disasters and warfare attacks, as well as advocating for patient quality and safety and providing health care to our nation’s veterans. Fighting for these advocacy issues combined with his expertise in the health care field make Chip a well-deserved recipient of this award,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
The recipients of the B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award have shown a history of dedicated leadership and outstanding civic involvement in the health care field and in the broader community. Award winners support philanthropic causes benefiting health, youth, seniors and education programs.
To learn more about the Federation of American Hospitals, visit http://fah.org.
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