Professor Mark Hall to help shape health care policy as member of Institute of Medicine

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Professor Mark Hall

Since 1970, the Institute of Medicine has recognized and tapped into the collective knowledge of a broad range of health care experts, and has now added another Triad expert to its number.

A lawyer by training, Mark Hall teaches in both Wake Forest’s School of Law and the School of Medicine and is among the 70-member class selected this year to join the institute, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

I caught up with Hall on Monday to talk about being honored by the institute. Members provide their expertise as the institute makes health care policy recommendations and reports.

What led to you being tapped for the institute?
I was nominated by another member of the institute. It’s divided into sections, and there’s a section on law and ethics and policy. I believe I received the endorsement of the section as their candidate this year. Then it goes up to the full membership, and there’s a limit on how many they can invite each year, so you’re in competition with people from a lot of areas of science and practice. I feel fortunate to receive the recognition against a pool of very qualified candidates.

A particular area of expertise you bring to the IOM?
My main area of research is insurance regulation, and health insurance reform. What I think I bring is a breadth of experience. I’ve also worked on health care costs, on genetic testing and medical liability. A lot of the issues that are very topical and of great public policy concern, I’ve worked on in the past.

What role will you play as an institute member?
I don’t really know. They haven’t let me know what their current agenda is, but issues arise that need attention from the institute. For instance, they’re likely to offer some recommendation with regards to Ebola. That’s not an area expertise for me, though. But that’s one example of the kinds of things that arise that they might speak to. As far as medical or scientific public policy issues, there may be issues coming up dealing with health care reform that they focus on, or future efforts to deal with health care cost containment.

What do you hope to get out of being a member?
Just having a seat at the table of this very influential organization whose analysis and recommendations get serious attention. They are given difficult policies to address, and many times their recommendations are adopted.

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Professor Hall’s election to the IOM was also featured in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Business Milestones here.