Although the insurance and hospital lobbies often find themselves on opposite sides of policy issues and in competition for dollars on Capitol Hill, several of the top agenda shapers for the health insurance lobby are taking a leap into the hospital world.
After just two days on the job as president of the Federation of American Hospitals, Charles "Chip" Kahn III announced on June 20 that he's bringing on board three staffers from the Health Insurance Association of America, the trade association he headed for 21/2 years before jumping to the federation with the departure of Thomas Scully.
Josephine Martin, the HIAA's senior vice president of public affairs, will have the same title at the federation. Susan Van Gelder, who is the HIAA's executive vice president and corporate secretary, will be senior vice president for strategic policy at the federation, and Richard Coorsh, the HIAA's vice president of communications, will keep the same title. The three will begin July 9.
The federation, which represents about 1,700 for-profit hospitals, already has its own policy and public affairs staff. Steven Speil is senior vice president of health financing and policy, Dan Boston is assistant vice president of legislation and public affairs, and Duke Hipp is director of communications.
Laura Thevenot, the federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the additions to the staff would not replace these existing positions.
"We're going to have some organizational changes in who does what, but generally we're just bringing on some additional expertise," she said.
She declined to elaborate on what those changes might be.