Mark A. Hall, J.D.

May 1, 2008


Mark A. Hall, J.D., is the Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law and Public Health at Wake Forest University. He holds appointments at the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Management. At the Medical School, Hall conducts research on health care law and public policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences, where his focus is on economic, regulatory, and organizational issues. His other areas of research interest include consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation, and genetics. Hall is known as one of the nation's leading scholars in health care law and policy and bioethics, and has published extensively in these areas.

Hall holds a B.A. from the Middle Tennessee State University, and received a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Chicago in 1981. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest University, Hall taught at Arizona State University and held visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

Hall has been the principal investigator on two HCFO-sponsored research projects. The first, an evaluation of the primary and secondary effects of insurance market reform, studied market reforms in 12 states. The research consisted of intensive case studies of insurance market reforms and their effects in a non-random sample of six states that have enacted varying reforms, and a less intensive study of an additional six states. In publications stemming from this research, Hall considered how pending proposals to authorize new forms of group purchasing arrangements for health insurance would fit and function within the existing, highly complex market and regulatory landscape. He also examined whether these proposals were likely to meet their stated objectives and avoid unintended consequences. More information on this project and its findings can be found on the HCFO Web site and the project Web site.

Hall's second HCFO-sponsored study examined state managed care patient protection laws and their effects on patients, providers, and plans. It also examined the effects on network, corporate, and market structures. Hall and colleagues developed an index of regulatory intensity of patient protection laws among states and over time, examined complexities surrounding the implementation and enforcement of states' patient protection laws, and determined whether patient protection laws have achieved their intended effects and have avoided unintended or potential harm. More information on the nature of this work and findings can be found on the HCFO Web site and the project Web site.

Currently, Hall is studying the legal and ethical implications of consumer-driven health care under a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He was also recently awarded a grant under the RWJF SHARE program to evaluate the effects of using "section 125" flexible benefit plans to shelter employees' premium contributions from tax.

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