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

KLAS: Many docs increasingly consider replacing their ambulatory EHRs

Electronic health record vendors take note: More than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs, and others wish they could, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

Cyberinsurance: A breach savior for healthcare providers, but read the fine print

Cyberinsurance can be instrumental in weathering a security breach of a provider's electronic health record system, but purchasers should review policies carefully since they vary widely, according to attorney Scott Godes, with Barnes & Thornburg in the District of Columbia.

EHR billing fraud: More than a numbers game

There's a well-known adage in business that 10 percent of people will never steal, embezzle or commit fraud; 10 percent will always steal, embezzle or commit fraud when they can; and 80 percent will do it under certain circumstances when given the opportunity.

That might finally explain what's occurring with electronic health records and billing fraud.

Premier: EHR vendors must move away from 'locked' proprietary systems

The Premier healthcare alliance has recommended several strategies to improve the utility of health data in response to the Senate Finance Committee's request for input.

Sharing electronic records with patients gains traction, raises new concerns

More hospitals and physicians are choosing to provide their patients with access to their electronic records, but the practice is also raising new controversies.

Community health centers embrace EHRs, collect occupational health info

Community health centers are making significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to the latest data from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration.

Hospitals using Meaningful Use med measures report fewer adverse drug events

Hospitals in Florida that implemented the medical management measures required by Meaningful Use reported significant drops in adverse drug events, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

EHR use correlates with predicted, reduced mortality

Hospitals with greater electronic health record capabilities can better predict and decrease mortality rates, according to a new study published by HIMSS Analytics.

Providers: Be prepared for 'EHR creep'

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2015 provider payment rules, many of which have been released this month, are receiving a lot of attention. But I'm surprised that one of the most consistent themes throughout them--"EHR creep"--has received very little publicity.

ONC quality measures workgroup wraps up, sets stage for transition

The Health IT Policy Committee's quality measures workgroup wrapped up its last meeting Aug. 12, noting how much it had has accomplished in the past four years, but looking forward to work left to be done as it transitions into the new Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use workgroup.