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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter, or find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Marla Durben Hirsch
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the long-awaited final rules changing the requirements of the Meaningful Use program for 2015-2017 and implementing Stage 3 of the program.
Physicians increasingly are sharing patient health information, but are doing so more with patients than with other providers, according to a new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Once again, the venerable Institute of Medicine has published an important work on healthcare and patient safety, this time on diagnostic errors. The 369-page report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," released Sept. 22, found that most of us will experience a misdiagnosis in our lifetime. And not surprisingly, EHRs and health IT are front and center in the report in both a positive and a negative way.
The American Medical Association continued its effort to reshape the Meaningful Use program, holding a second town hall meeting Sept. 29 to enable physicians to share their suggestions and experiences.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new fact sheet on the 2016 Meaningful Use payment adjustment for eligible hospitals.
The United Kingdom's Care Quality Commission has recommended that the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be put on "special measures" in large part because of problems the Trust has had in implementing its new Epic electronic health record system.
Physicians will continue to adopt electronic health records even though the Meaningful Use program's funds have "dried up," according to Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brooking Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has made incorrect Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments to healthcare professionals totaling $888,250, as well as several other mistakes, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.
Two hospitals in the District of Columbia have been sued for charging "illegal" and "excessive" fees to patients for providing them with copies of their electronic health records.
Many electronic health records are a "burden" to the integration of primary care and behavioral health, requiring providers to resort to workarounds, according to a study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.