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 Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter, or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Marla Durben Hirsch

Breaking News: HHS releases updated Meaningful Use rules

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.

ONC: Docs sharing data more with patients than other providers

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.

Don't let the new IOM report become yesterday's news

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.

Docs lament 'all-or-nothing' MU compliance standard at second AMA town hall

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.

CMS releases new fact sheet on payment adjustments for eligible hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new fact sheet on the 2016 Meaningful Use payment adjustment for eligible hospitals.

Problems with new Epic EHR contributed to U.K. hospitals' drop in care quality

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.

Niam Yaraghi: Non-MU drivers will spur more doc adoption of EHRs

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.

Oklahoma incorrectly pays more than $888,000 in Medicaid MU incentives

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.

Hospitals sued for overcharging patients for EHR copies

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.

EHRs don't adequately support integration of primary care, behavioral health

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.