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Charlotte S. Yeh to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Charlotte S. Yeh, M.D., FACEP, chief medical officer of AARP Services, Inc., in Washington, will be awarded its 2011 Board of Trustees Award.  The award is given to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA.  Dr. Yeh will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 11 in Washington.

Charlotte's work has been vitally important to the AHA, its membership and the health care field overall," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA.  "Her efforts to expand and improve Medicare and Medicaid have made the lives of millions better and helped hospitals enhance the work they do every day.  Her expertise and guidance to the AHA has been highly valued.  This award recognizes her achievements and honors the important contributions she has made."

Dr. Yeh is the chief medical officer of AARP Services, Inc. (ASI), the wholly-owned subsidiary of AARP.  She is responsible for working with medical officers at providers of insurance products that carry the AARP name - United Healthcare, Aetna and Genworth - to help identify programs and initiatives that the providers may establish in order to create positive, transformative changes in care for older adults. 

Before joining ASI, Dr. Yeh was the regional administrator for the Boston and New York Regional Offices for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  During her tenure, she facilitated collaborative relationships between CMS and a variety of organizations throughout the region's eight states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  In that role, she promoted awareness of Medicare and Medicaid programs to ensure that beneficiaries received benefits they were eligible for.  In 2006, Yeh directed the implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, the single largest expansion of the Medicare program since its inception.  As a result of the outreach activities and the grassroots partnership networks developed under her leadership, more than 90 percent of all her region's Medicare beneficiaries are covered.  From 1998 until January 2003, Dr. Yeh also served as medical director for Medicare policy for National Heritage Insurance Company in Hingham, Mass.

Her involvement with the AHA has been extensive with just-completed terms on the Health Research and Educational Trust board and Committee on Research that develops the AHA research agenda.  Dr. Yeh has been an AHA Board member and served on its executive committee. 

Dr. Yeh received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She completed her internship in general surgery at the University of Washington at Seattle and her residency in emergency medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Carolyn Scanlan, president and chief executive officer of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa. also will receive the 2011 Board of Trustees Award. 

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