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
Twenty-four members of the House of Representatives have asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to leverage the development of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to reduce and potentially eliminate health disparities.
Allscripts is the top ranked EHR vendor for large hospitals and academic medical centers, according to the latest report from market research firm Black Book Rankings. "Top scoring EHR vendors that are attracting the available market share are looking for patient engagement tools, clinical decision support, quality measurement solutions, mobile capabilities, intelligent interoperability and financial analytics as part of their EHR compendium," Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book, said in a statement.
Six Republican senators, frustrated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services denied their request to extend the deadline for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking that the hardship exceptions be clarified "immediately."
Provider participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program has increased significantly, but the clinical quality measures being collected suffer from reliability issues and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services lacks measures to track the progress of the program's outcomes goals, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
It's not surprising that less than a month after the first indictment of a former hospital executive for false attestation to Meaningful Use that a House Committee has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servces and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to justify how well they're policing the payments to providers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have released two additional draft electronic clinical quality measures (CQMs) for review, download, testing and public comment.
More than three-fourths of studies on health IT have found that technology provides at least some positive impact on patient care, but the studies themselves need improvement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new literature review.
The indictment of a former hospital chief financial officer for false Meaningful Use attestation has prompted a Congressional committee to probe deeper into how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services screens providers before doling out incentive dollars.
Electronic health record use can be expanded to help jails reduce the costs of providing care and improve health outcomes, according to new research published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Using a checklist enhanced by an electronic health record and a unit-wide dashboard decreased the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in children, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.