Wake Forest Law to host a ‘Conversation With’ Professor Mark Hall on Wednesday, April 2

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Professor Mark Hall

Wake Forest Law will host Professor Mark Hall, Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law,as part of its “Conversation With” series at noon on Wednesday, April 2, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law, public policy, and bioethics. The author or editor of 20 books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of heath care reform, access to care by the uninsured, and insurance regulation.

An expert on the Affordable Care Act, Hall is frequently quoted in the national media including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR and CNN, among others.

Hall recently co-authored a study that found routine costs, not requirements of the Affordable Care Act, contributed to the majority of health insurance rate increases in the last year.

“It wasn’t driven by utilization of the services, but the unit costs,” said Mike McCue,  a health administration professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-author of the study by The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit group devoted to improving health services for Americans. “That will continue to be a major driver moving forward — trying to control those medical expenses — if they want to remain profitable.”

The researchers analyzed the narratives the law requires each insurer to file when they raise their rates by more than 10 percent in plans created after March 23, 2010. They investigated rate increases of 10 percent or more from July 2012 to June 2013 for policies that cover at least 150 people.

Hall has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. He also teaches in Wake Forest University’s Graduate Programs for Bioethics and its MBA program, and he is on the research faculty at the Medical School.  Hall regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.

Started in 1999, some of the other “Conversation With” series interviews have included Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas; Robert Ehrlich, former U.S. Congressman and governor of Maryland; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis; and former COO of the Peace Corps Thomas Tighe.