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

Medical malpractice: How EHRs are changing the game

EHRs not only are transforming how healthcare is performed, they're also on the cusp of reshaping the law surrounding that care. Are they the right changes? Or do we need to take a step back and reassess them?

Information blocking an 'underappreciated' problem

Information blocking is a major problem that should be receiving more attention, according to Julia Adler-Milstein, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information.

Electronic health information creating new legal issues

Electronic health records are creating a digital revolution, but also have created a unique set of legal issues, according to a webinar held May 26 by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section.

Minnesota exempts some docs from EHR mandate

Minnesota is softening its stance on electronic health record adoption a bit, exempting solo practitioners and cash-only doctors from its law requiring all providers to adopt interoperable EHRs.

EHRs can ID inpatients at high risk of readmission

Electronic health records can help predict which inpatients are at high risk for readmission, and do so in real time, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Patients can't sue hospital for EHR copying costs

Patients don't have standing to challenge the costs of obtaining copies of their electronic health records if they don't actually shell out the money for such copies, according to a new federal court opinion.

HL7's Reed Gelzer: EHR malpractice problem at 'critical mass'

As electronic health records become more common, they are increasingly the medical records relied on in medical malpractice litigation--often to the detriment of the provider, not only causing or contributing to the malpractice but also in not supporting provider's defense. 

Meaningful Use is not the right model for a telemedicine incentive program

Telemedicine has been receiving a lot of media attention recently, with initiatives in Congress, the Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Licensure Compact now ready to launch, and more health insurers than ever paying for it. So I'm a bit surprised that a recent proposal published in Telemedicine and e-Health has garnered so little attention, positive or negative.

Texas HIEs to join forces

Two Texas health information exchanges have agreed to combine forces to create a network that will cover 35 counties centered around Dallas and San Antonio.

ONC releases comments on its draft interoperability roadmap

The final tally is in--nearly 250 comments were submitted on ONC's draft interoperability roadmap, an impressive number for a document that was not part of formal rulemaking.