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

Why we should give thanks for Meaningful Use

As the editor of FierceEMR, I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.

UCSB grads develop homegrown EHR to treat the homeless

A nonprofit outreach group that provides medical care to the homeless in Santa Barbara, California, has developed its own mobile electronic health record to help them treat patients.

Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program.

CMS extends MU hospital attestation deadline to Dec. 31

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken yet another measure to throw a lifeline to providers struggling with Meaningful Use attestation, this time extending the attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the 2014 reporting year to Dec. 31, 2014.

Patient-centric alerts close 'prevention gaps'

Sending patients alerts about getting needed care via their personal health record (PHR) is an effective way to boost treatment of those with chronic conditions, according to a new study in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Health systems move to solve data exchange problems on their own

Providers, apparently tired of waiting for vendors or the government to help foster data exchange, are taking matters into their own hands and designing their own solutions to achieve interoperability.

AHRQ updates HIE evaluation guide

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has updated its handbook on health information exchange assessment to help those involved in HIE development.

The tobacco use objective: Meaningful, or just blowing smoke?

Meaningful Use is supposed be, well, meaningful. But sometimes what's good in theory doesn't translate very well in practice.

Former hospital CFO pleads guilty to false MU attestation

Joe White, former chief financial officer at Tyler, Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to making a false statement to the government in order to obtain incentive payments under the Medicare Meaning Use program.

Research based on EHR data needs to account for, remove bias

Screening analyses using electronic health record data need to be refined to reduce the risk of bias and prevent "spurious" findings, according to a new report in eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).