Marla Durben Hirsch

Biography for Marla Durben Hirsch

Marla Durben Hirsch is an attorney who has specialized in health law for 28 years and has written about the many facets of healthcare for almost 15 years. She also is the editor for several other books, journals and publications, including the HIPAA Answer Book and The Health Lawyer, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She has won a number of awards for her coverage of healthcare news, and has been quoted in several publications, including the New York Times. She can be reached at mdhirsch@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter, or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Marla Durben Hirsch

Stage 2 patient engagement should be voluntary during MU sorting-out process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT don't seem to get a break these days, do they? This year so far has been pretty hectic...

Clinicians create own customized alerts with new CDS tool

A new approach to clinical decision support (CDS) will allow physicians and others to craft their own CDS rules based on their personal experiences with patients, according to an April 13 announcement from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

Surescripts launches patient record locator service

Surescripts is taking a new step to increase interoperability, implementing its national record locator service with vendors Epic, eClinicalWorks and Greenway Health to locate patients' electronic records stored in any health care location.

CommonWell Health Alliance to take network national

CommonWell Health Alliance continues to make interoperability more of a reality, announcing that five of its vendor members are going national.

AAFP asks CMS for Meaningful Use audit relief

Meaningful Use audits are becoming an increasing concern to family physicians and need to be addressed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

MU proposed rule provides 'relief,' but raises new concerns, questions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally issued its promised reprieve of some of the harsher provisions of the Meaningful Use program, releasing its proposed rule that shortens the attestation period in 2015 from 365 to 90 days and reduces reporting and other burdens.

Electronic lab reporting to public health agencies surges

Electronic lab reporting has jumped as a result of the Meaningful Use program and is having an impact on public health practice, according to the latest progress report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Congress is its own roadblock to interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has received a large number of comments on its draft interoperability road map. Some commenters have praised it; others have offered criticisms....

Practice Fusion launches prescription coupon program

Ambulatory care electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion is offering prescription coupons in its EHRs that physicians can pass on to their patients, the company recently announced.

ONC certification role to expand beyond Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position regarding its role in health IT, explaining that the proposed rule modifying its certification program and health IT certification criteria expands beyond the specific focus on the electronic health record incentive programs.