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

The Medicaid EHR incentive audit program: No longer a sleeping giant

Sometimes there's so much attention paid to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Medicare Meaningful Use program that we tend to overlook the Medicaid side. But we shouldn't. The Medicaid incentive program--and more specifically, its audit potential--just catapulted into new territory. 

HIMSS Analytics: Confidence in Stage 3 MU dropping among ambulatory providers

Although more ambulatory providers are adopting EHRs, more than half of them have not successfully attested to Meaningful Use Stage 2, and the confidence level for meeting Stage 3 is dwindling, according to the HIMSS Analytics' sixth annual  ambulatory PM and EHR study.

State miscalculates Medicaid incentive payments, must repay feds almost $1.8M

Louisiana's Medicaid incentive payment program has made numerous errors in determining what incentive payments providers are entitled to and made net overpayments of $1.8 million in the first year of the program, according to a new audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

ONC does not adopt 2015 'voluntary' EHR certification criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued a new final rule that makes the 2014 edition of certification criteria more flexible and folds in some of the criteria that had been proposed in its 2015 voluntary edition of electronic health record certification criteria, which the agency has opted to abandon.

ONC: EHRs are improving patient safety

Electronic health records are making major strides in improving patient safety, according to the Office of the National Coordinator's latest data brief.

PwC-led team to offer 'open source' EHR to DoD

PwC has joined forces with Medsphere, DSS, Inc. and General Dynamics Information Technology to vie for the coveted U.S. Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record contract, and plans to merge "open source" software with commercial applications in its proposal, PwC has announced.

Collaborative forms effective model for creation of diabetes registry

Disease registries can be created by different physician practices using separate electronic health record systems despite challenges, according to a new case study reported in eGEMS (generating evidence and methods to improve patient outcomes).

KLAS: 1 in 4 ambulatory providers believe MU is improving patient care

In what appears to be another setback for the Meaningful Use program, the latest report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research reveals that just 25 percent of ambulatory providers feel that their electronic health records have a positive impact on patient care.

Meaningful Use flexibility rule may have an unintended impact on CMS

Providers have been expressing their disappointment that the final Meaningful Use flexibility rule, released Aug. 29, saying it offers scant relief, is "too little too late" and puts the very future of the program "in question."

Stakeholders not pleased with EHR changes in doc payment proposal

Healthcare organizations applauded several provisions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed physician fee schedule for 2015, such as reimbursement for telehealth and chronic care management, but were not enthused about the agency's' suggestions about electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program.