Mark A. Hall J.D.

Director of the Health Law and Policy Program
Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law and Public Health
Department of Social Science and Health Policy
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Email: Discipline: Law Expertise: Competition / Markets, Insurance, Medical Ethics

Investigator Award
The Law and Ethics of Consumer-Directed Health Care
Award Year: 2004 New developments in health insurance, designed in part to contain costs, require patients to take greater responsibility for making medical spending decisions. The mechanisms of this new "consumer-directed health care" model - health savings accounts, high-deductible catastrophic coverage, and tiered provider networks and pharmacy benefits - have broad policy implications that may challenge the doctor-patient relationship, the doctrine of informed consent, the medical malpractice standard of care, and other tenets of health care law and ethics. Co-investigators Mark A. Hall, J.D., and Carl E. Schneider, J.D. seek to better understand how law and ethics can and should respond to consumer-directed health care. Their project, The Law and Ethics of Consumer-Directed Health Care, probes a range of possible effects on medical practice and treatment relationships when cost-sharing by patients plays a greater role in medical decision-making.


Mark A. Hall is the director of the Health Law and Policy Program and the Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest University, where he has appointments in the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Management. Professor Hall specializes in health care law and public policy, with a focus on economic, regulatory and organizational issues. He received his law degree with highest honors from the University of Chicago, after which he completed an RWJF fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Professor Hall is one of the country's leading academics specializing in the law of health care delivery and finance. He is the lead editor of the original textbook in the field, Health Care Law and Ethics (6th ed., Aspen, 2003), and he has written other books on various aspects of health care law and public policy for Oxford University Press, the American Enterprise Institute, and Harper-Collins. Professor Hall has particular expertise in health insurance and the doctor-patient relationship. He has directed major investigations of health insurance market reform laws, managed care regulation, and doctor-patient trust.