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HEALTH KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP QUALITY RESULTS

At PharmMD, we believe every patient deserves personalized attention, the best information available, and reliable guidance from medical professionals to live a healthier life.

This deeply held conviction guided Fred McWhorter, the man who inspired PharmMD’s founders. Fred was an old-fashioned pharmacist who devoted more than 50 years to his passion of bringing health and healing to his customers–not simply selling medicine. Recognizing the value of emerging technology, he envisioned building a real-time information bridge between pharmacists (Pharm) and physicians (MD) to significantly improve patient treatment.

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At PharmMD, we believe every patient deserves personalized attention, the best information available, and reliable guidance from medical professionals to live a healthier life.

This deeply held conviction guided Fred McWhorter, the man who inspired PharmMD’s founders. Fred was an old-fashioned pharmacist who devoted more than 50 years to his passion of bringing health and healing to his customers–not simply selling medicine. Recognizing the value of emerging technology, he envisioned building a real-time information bridge between pharmacists (Pharm) and physicians (MD) to significantly improve patient treatment.

Following Fred’s untimely death in 2005, his brother Clayton McWhorter, a veteran healthcare pioneer, brought Fred’s dream to fruition. In 2006, Clayton developed the necessary resources and established PharmMD in Nashville, TN. With the arrival of successful healthcare executive Bob Yeager as CEO in 2013, PharmMD pressed to the forefront in Medicare Part C/HEDIS and Part D Star Ratings improvement, as well as expanding the solution-set capabilities for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs.

Today, PharmMD remains a leader in quality improvement and a healthcare industry innovator, delivering fast and effective solutions for CMS Part C/HEDIS and Part D health plans, commercial plans, self-insured employers, and ACOs. Our pioneering technology, proprietary protocols and personalized patient profiles, combined with our outcomes-driven reporting, provide a catalyst for effective medication decisions; ultimately upholding Fred’s vision for improving lives.

With millions of healthier patients as evidence of our success, we invite you to join PharmMD in creating a healthier world.

Four Tools for Success

Clayton McWhorter created these four simple, yet profound, tools for success. At PharmMD, we strive to incorporate these tools into our daily lives.

Find a Mentor
Act Like an Owner
Be Prepared
Give Back

The Mission of PharmMD

We exist to create a healthier world through the most effective use of the right medication.

A Tribute to Our Founder

The late Clayton McWhorter founded PharmMD in 2006 at the behest of his brother Fred McWhorter, with a mission to reduce medication complications and create healthier lives through the appropriate use of medication.

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Clayton McWhorter

The late Clayton McWhorter founded PharmMD almost 10 years ago at the behest of his brother Fred McWhorter, with a mission to reduce medication complications and create healthier lives through the appropriate use of medication. A pharmacist by training, Clayton McWhorter fully understood the need to improve communication across the healthcare continuum so that patients, providers, and pharmacists could provide better care, and eliminate risk.

As the former CEO of HCA, HealthTrust, and founder of many healthcare ventures, McWhorter was a driving force behind the transition of healthcare today as we know it. As a true innovator focused on the outcome of providing healthcare, McWhorter spearheaded a fundamental transition in the industry from a “get sick” business to a “get well” one. In doing so, he touched so many lives, and countless numbers of people throughout his business and volunteer affiliations. By founding PharmMD, McWhorter created a new vision well ahead of its time, but a very relevant one in today’s healthcare continuum.

“Clayton saw the gaps in the health system around proper and appropriate medication use and put his passion and investment into areas that would address this and make the world a better place,” Bo Bartholomew, President of PharmMD added.

McWhorter remained active in the success of PharmMD, one of the two remaining Companies where he held a board position and continued to drive innovative solutions through his presence until his passing. As a result, many of us at PharmMD remember him less so as our founder, and more as a friend and father-figure. For that, and everything he embodied, he will be dearly missed.

“Clayton’s singular passion to give back and mentor others made him one of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of knowing,” added PharmMD CEO, Bob Yeager.

The mission that McWhorter kick-started 10 years ago will now, more than ever, push forward in making his vision a profound reality in our national healthcare system. For that, we are forever grateful. We will make you proud.

Executive Team

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Jason Rose

Chief Executive Officer

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Jason Rose

Chief Executive Officer

With nearly 25 years experience in healthcare technology, Jason Rose is a serial healthcare IT entrepreneur, focused on launching disruptive products that drive digital health innovation and value-based care. Mr. Rose’s career includes leading data-driven product development, corporate strategy, business development, strategic partnerships, technology implementation, and solution portfolio commercialization.

Amongst Mr. Rose’s most recent experience at Inovalon over the past decade, he served as a senior executive supporting the Company from start-up through IPO. As Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Development Officer, Mr. Rose led development for several products at Inovalon and expansion of the company’s technology presence across the healthcare marketplace. Mr. Rose’s deep experience includes solution development and implementation for managed care, providers and government. Previous work experience includes Cerner, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Inspiris.

Mr. Rose earned his Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from The George Washington University School of Business. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University.

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Doug Berry, CPA, ABV, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

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Doug Berry, CPA, ABV, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Doug Berry serves as Chief Financial Officer for PharmMD and has been involved with the growing firm since 2007, overseeing year-over-year financial growth. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Doug provides the team perspective as a broadly certified financial professional and a community board member.

“I am energized by an organization that is built on a clear purpose,” comments Berry. “I consider it a privilege to participate in this mission to increase quality in the healthcare system.”

In addition to his role with PharmMD, Berry is a partner with the CPA firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Prior to joining PharmMD, Berry served as CFO for Home Healthcare Laboratory of America, Inc., Controller for Gordian Health Solutions, Inc., and as Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Berry was honored in 2011 & 2012 as a Nashville Business Journal “Power Leader in Accounting.” He serves on boards for Park Center and Belmont University and previously served boards for Buddies of Nashville and Franklin Road Academy.

Berry currently serves on the healthcare committee of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accounts and recently earned his accreditation for business valuations from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has an MBA and a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee.

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Kent Holdcroft, MA

Chief Revenue Officer

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Kent Holdcroft, MA

Chief Revenue Officer

Kent Holdcroft joined PharmMD in March 2013, bringing over a decade of operational, consulting, and sales experience in the healthcare technology and services industry. His leadership at PharmMD has quickly expanded well beyond the management of business development, client negotiations, and relationships, taking on integral roles in marketing operations and product development. His charismatic personality is helping shape the culture of this rapidly growing team.

“PharmMD holds the potential to be a game-changer,” comments Holdcroft. “This team is focused on being the market innovator as emerging regulatory requirements position our solutions to return millions of dollars to our customers, reducing cost, and building healthier lives.”

Holdcroft came to PharmMD following multiple successes with AIM Healthcare (now a part of Optum, a United Health Group, Inc. company), rising to National Director as it expanded into new markets. He was a key player as a part of Optum’s growth strategy representing all of Optum’s provider-facing solutions. He managed healthcare accounts in the community hospital, academic medical center, integrated delivery network, as well as a variety of managed care plans and government settings.

Actively involved in the community, Holdcroft currently serves on the Board of Directors at BrightStone, Inc., and as a Stephen Minister. Holdcroft holds a BA in Psychology from the Miami University and a MA in Counseling from The University of Toledo.

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Cyndi Alexander, BSN, MHA, CPHQ

Chief Health Services Officer

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Cyndi Alexander, BSN, MHA, CPHQ

Chief Health Services Officer

Cyndi Alexander, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) through the National Association for Healthcare Quality, brings PharmMD more than 20 years of healthcare expertise in her oversight role for clinical, quality and Star Ratings improvement. PharmMD’s track record in this growing field reflects her impact.

Cyndi’s previous experience includes oversight of regulatory compliance and Joint Commission quality metrics for St. Thomas’ multi-hospital system. Cyndi was also responsible for quality, Star metrics, regulatory compliance, and NCQA accreditation activities for the Sterling Life Insurance’s Windsor Health Plan. Her expertise in the coordination and integration of health plan activities enabled the plan to increase their overall Star Rating by one Star in less than three months.

Cyndi holds a BS in Nursing and a MS in Healthcare Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Cyndi is a former Baldrige Award surveyor and currently sits on the advisory board for The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) SNP surveys.

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Kempton Presley, M.P.H., M.S.

VP, Business Information Solutions & Client Performance

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Kempton Presley, M.P.H., M.S.

VP, Business Information Solutions & Client Performance

Kempton currently serves as the Vice President of Business Information Solutions & Client Performance at PharmMD. A member of the executive management team, he leads a multi-disciplinary team of client account strategists, operational process experts, data science gurus, and business analysts to meet current and future market needs. Kempton oversees the translation of data to information that drives internal performance and delivers external insights. He is tasked with P&L responsibility for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Medication Risk Management (MRM) business lines. He has a direct line of accountability for account retention and expansion.

“We have the ability to produce meaningful change in the healthcare system at a macro-level while still impacting one person at a time. I’m continually drawn to the power of our analytic resources, the efficacy of our delivery model, and the team’s ability to measure true results at the individual level,” Presley reflects.

Kempton worked previously for Anthem where he received the New York Presidents’ Award and participated in their Emerging Leader Program. He was a two-term Lecturer at Columbia University, and has co-authored work published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Kempton holds a BA in Economics from Washington & Lee University, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Masters in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University.

Kempton serves as the Chairman of the Board at Friends Life Community and is a board member with the Center for Living and Learning. Previously, he served on the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN and is the past Alumni Chair for Montgomery Bell Academy’s Annual Fund giving campaign.

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J.R. Garrett, J.D.,MBA

General Counsel, VP Security & Compliance

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J.R. Garrett, J.D.,MBA

General Counsel, VP Security & Compliance

J.R.’s legal background spans a range of disciplines including contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and financial analysis. Managing large-scale, multi-personnel projects, business financials, risk management for C-Corporations and LLCs, in addition to business strategy and corporate compliance. J.R. has worked on legal teams with the Walmart Corporation and Bassett Law Firm.

Most recently J.R. worked with LogoGarden.com as a co-founder and General Counsel closing more than $4MM+ of venture funding, recruited C-suite management and board members, and helped grow the company to nearly 20 employees so far.

J.R. Garrett is a graduate from the University of Arkansas, School of Law, where he had a number of accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom. Prior to attending law school J.R. graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelors in Philosophy. While at ASTATE he was a two-sport varsity letterman in Football and Track. J.R. is in his final semester of the MBA program at Tennessee Tech University where he will graduate with a concentration in Finance.

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Tom Sherrard

VP, Product Management

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Tom Sherrard

VP, Product Management

Tom Sherrard currently serves as the Vice President of Product Management at PharmMD. With 10 years of deep healthcare experience in product and operations, Tom is responsible for ensuring execution of our corporate strategy, including new product development and enhancement initiatives, as well as day-to-day tactical execution activities. Through the creation of critical business processes, Tom oversees a team of product owners, business analysts, and enterprise scrum masters and is directly accountable for ensuring that the “trains run on time” and that we are continually focusing on the appropriate initiatives that align with our corporate and product strategies.

“I am very bullish on our organization.” Tom reflects, “Our mission is clear: create a healthier world. We are taking on challenges within our health care system that are fundamental to its sustainability. We have assembled a fantastic team, and drawing on all of our different backgrounds and talents, we are in a position to execute on a variety of initiatives that drive us forward in this mission.”

Tom worked previously at eviCore Healthcare where he served as Director of Product Management, and at Humana prior to that where he served as a manager within their Senior Products Department. Tom received an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and holds a B.A. in English from the University of the South, Sewanee.

Tom is actively involved with Montgomery Bell Academy’s Alumni Board, and has served as the class Chair for the Annual Fund giving campaign. Tom has also served with the Board of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, working primarily as a fundraiser and classroom teacher.

 

Board of Directors

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Frank Coliano

Chairman of the Board, PharmMD, Operating Partner, The Riverside Co.

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Frank Coliano

Chairman of the Board, PharmMD, Operating Partner, The Riverside Co.

Frank Coliano is an Operating Partner at The Riverside Company, the largest and oldest global private equity firm investing in companies with enterprise values of under $200 million. Prior to joining Riverside, Coliano was Managing Director of Martin Ventures where he was responsible for providing strategic and execution guidance to Martin’s portfolio companies. He served as Vice President of Population Health for Vanguard Health Systems where he led ACO, Clinically Integrated Network and Population Health Initiatives. Prior to that, he helped establish and support Blackstone’s healthcare purchasing collaborative, “Equity Healthcare“. Coliano held Sales and Operational roles within the Pharmacy Benefits Management working for Caremark and Medco. He worked for Aetna in both business development and leading client support teams.

At Riverside, Coliano serves as Chairman for PharmMD, Castlewood Treatment Centers at Castlewood Treatment Centers and Physicians Pharmacy Alliance.

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Robert Yeager

Former CEO/Board Member

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Robert Yeager

Former CEO/Board Member

Since his arrival in January of 2013, Robert “Bob” Yeager has been both an inspiration and a catalyst for growing the PharmMD team. Charged with guiding the expansion of PharmMD products and services to capture new market opportunities, Yeager has rapidly focused the innovative technology firm on creating exceptional value for health plans through a suite of solutions for improvement of CMS Part D Star Ratings improvement. Yeager has also moved quickly to improve PharmMD’s offerings for self-insured employers through performance-based pricing for their premier Medication Therapy Management, an industry first.

“Our future is bright with our focus on creating a healthier world and the simultaneous changes in healthcare law and regulations that encourage transparency and quality,” comments Yeager. “We have also been fortunate to attract top quality management talent since I arrived that will lead the charge as we continue to put the patient at the center of the PharmMD process.”

Prior to PharmMD, Yeager co-founded and served as CEO of American Pathology Partners (APP) and has over 38 years of experience in healthcare services.  Prior to APP, Yeager was Chairman of Attentus Healthcare Company, an operator of rural acute care hospitals, which he co-founded. Yeager’s history also includes roles as President and CEO of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation, and he was Executive Vice President and CFO of Quorum Health Group. Bob has a long history of sitting on advisory boards for various for-profit and non-profit organizations and recently joined the board of Addiction Campuses in Brentwood, TN. He is a CPA and holds a BBA in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Jeff Goodman

Partner, The Riverside Co.

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Jeff Goodman

Partner, The Riverside Co.

Jeff Goodman is a partner at The Riverside Company, the largest and oldest global private equity firm investing in companies with enterprise values of under $200 million.

Prior to joining Riverside, Goodman was a Corporate Vice President at Intuit and President of Intuit Distribution Management Solutions, an enterprise software provider that services electrical, plumbing and distribution industries. Before that, he had several executive-level positions at General Electric and Saint-Gobain.

Goodman holds two U.S. patents for electro-mechanical devices. Additionally, he is a trained Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Samuel “Bo” Bartholomew III

Chief Revenue Officer, Shearwater Health

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Samuel “Bo” Bartholomew III

Chief Revenue Officer, Shearwater Health

 

Bartholomew co-founded PharmMD in Nashville, TN with Clayton McWhorter, a healthcare pioneer and successful private equity firm entrepreneur. The firm continues to expand and receive industry acknowledgment for its innovation in the field of Medication Therapy Management and Medicare Part D Star Ratings improvement. Prior to PharmMD, Bartholomew incubated a health advocacy firm as well as a telemedicine physician access company. Prior to that, he spent four years with HCA’s Executive Development program where he helped build one of HCA’s newest hospitals and assisted in the management of Centennial Medical Center.

Bartholomew is an active member of the Nashville Healthcare Council and he is former Chair of Leadership Healthcare, a professional organization that provides leadership training for healthcare executives.  Bartholomew serves on the Board for Tennessee Red Cross; Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture; Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, and Freedom In Creation among others. He holds a BA in history from Davidson College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.

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Brian Sauer

Vice President, The Riverside Co.

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Brian Sauer

Vice President, The Riverside Co.

Brian Sauer is a Vice President of the Riverside Company, where he conducts transactions within Riverside’s Micro-Cap Fund. Sauer focuses on raising capital and performing diligence on investment opportunities as well as partnering with Boards and management teams to achieve additional growth.

Prior to Riverside, Sauer worked in investment banking for KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings.

Sauer is on the board of four companies in addition to PharmMD:  Adventures in Advertising, On Course Learning, PROFITsystems, and Junior Golf Corporation.

Sauer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is an Eagle Scout and has an interest in skiing and other outdoor sports. Sauer resides in Santa Monica, California.

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Jim Lackey

Chairman, EnableComp

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Jim Lackey

Chairman, EnableComp

As CEO of EnableComp, James V. “Jim” Lackey Jr. has more than 30 years of executive healthcare experience. As a leader in the revenue cycle management industry, he brings exceptional insight to EnableComp’s product and services development process.

In 1996, he joined Passport Health Communications as President, in 1998 assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO, and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. Today, Passport is a national provider of revenue cycle management solutions to more than 2,500+ hospitals in addition to more than 9,000+ physicians, clinics and ancillary offices across all 50 states.

Lackey began his career in 1978 working in the financial administration department for a 300-bed community hospital. Over the years, he has served as a consultant for Ernst & Young and for a managed Medicaid intermediary. He was Assistant Vice President of Administration for HealthAmerica Corporation, Vice President of Administration and founding officer for Coventry Corporation, and President of FOCUS Healthcare Management.

Lackey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Baptist University. He and his wife of 33 years have three sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson and two granddaughters. He enjoys camping, motorcycles, cars, and is a private pilot.

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Mike Kane

President, Kestrel Asset Fund

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Mike Kane

President, Kestrel Asset Fund

Mike Kane is the founder and principal of Kestrel Asset Management, a Philadelphia area investment firm that operates three limited partnership investment funds, including one dedicated to private equity companies.

Kane is the former Vice President of Kane Is Able, Inc. a third-generation family-owned logistics company based in Scranton, PA. His responsibilities included strategic planning, financial management and corporate governance.

In addition, Kane is a member of the Leadership Council of PathNorth, a national CEO group; the Business Leaders Network, a Philadelphia CEO group; and the Institute for Private Investors, where he is a member of the advisory faculty.

Kane received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his doctorate from Boston College.

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Stuart McWhorter

Co-Founder and Chairman, Clayton Associates

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Stuart McWhorter

Co-Founder and Chairman, Clayton Associates

As Co-Founder and Chairman of Clayton Associates, Stuart McWhorter has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and early stage investing.

Founded in 1996, Clayton Associates serves as an investment management company primarily focused on the early stage investment cycle in the healthcare and technology industries.  Clayton Associates has managed five venture capital funds, which has invested over $150 million in over 80 operating companies in the Southeast.

Prior to Clayton Associates, Mr. McWhorter was part of the founding management team of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation where he served as Vice President of Managed Care and Vice President of Development. Prior to OrthoLink, Mr. McWhorter served in various management positions with Tenet Healthcare-owned Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.

Mr. McWhorter also serves on the board of directors for FirstBank of Tennessee, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, PharmMD, ProxsysRx, MedEquities Healthcare REIT, JumpStart Foundry, and Lee Company.

Mr. McWhorter’s civic duties include serving on various past and present boards including: Belmont University, Clemson University Foundation, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Blood Water Mission, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Hospital Hospitality House, St. Luke’s Community Center, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and Nashville’s Agenda.

Mr. McWhorter has also served as adjunct professor at Belmont University teaching healthcare and entrepreneurship.

Mr. McWhorter received his Masters in Health Administration from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and B.S. in Management from Clemson University.

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Chip Kahn

President, Federation of American Hospitals

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Chip Kahn

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. He has held this position since 2001.

Prior to the Federation, Kahn was one of the leaders in the health insurance industry serving as Executive Vice President and President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA). As Executive Vice President, Kahn was instrumental in mounting the ground-breaking “Harry and Louise” campaign that called into question the Clinton health reform plan in 1993 and 1994.

Kahn has a distinguished career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill specializing in health policy issues. Kahn has served as Staff Director for the Health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. On this committee, his efforts helped form the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Medicare provisions of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Kahn later served as a senior health policy advisor to former Senator David Durenberger, (R-MN), as well as a legislative assistant of health to former Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN).

Kahn serves on the Boards and Advisory Committees of various organizations including the University of Michigan’s Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured, the Partnership for Prevention, the Center for Studying Health Systems Change and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Fellowships Program.

Kahn teaches health policy at The Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Tulane University.

Kahn received a B.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which in 2001 bestowed upon him its prestigious “Champion of Public Health” award. He is a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate studies in public health.