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

Report: Health information exchanges 'critical' to healthcare integration

Health information exchanges are "critical" to healthcare integration and will help healthcare be more affordable and accountable, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

Residents who use EHRs provide less direct patient care

Electronic health record use reduces direct patient care time and changes clinician workflow, even among medical residents, according to a new study in Laryngoscope, published by the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society.

Why Meaningful Use is 'impossible to meet' for pathologists

David Booker, M.D., member of the board of governors of the College of American Pathologists and chairman of its clinical informatics steering committee, shared his insights on Meaningful Use and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's proposed hardship exemption in an exclusive interview with FierceEMR.

Legislation spurs growth, interoperability of clinical data registries

Congress has delved yet again into data sharing of health IT, considering a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations regarding the structure and scope of clinical data registries.

Patients of EHR-users more likely to withhold information

A provider's use of an electronic health record can cause a patient to clam up for fear that the data won't be secure, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

DeSalvo 'disappointed' in protrayal of EHRs as unsafe

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, displeased with the Boston Globe's recent article portraying electronic health records as error-prone and lacking safety oversight, responded by pointing out what she called flaws in the newspaper's reporting.

Meaningful Use flexibility rule may open the door to bigger changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule offering some flexibility for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 may be one of the few occasions where a rule relating to the program has been met with open arms. But deeper dive reveals a detail that I find particularly interesting: the Medical Group Management Association's suggestion that CMS has overstepped its regulatory authority in Stage 2.

Vendors accused of using political clout to avoid reporting of EHR safety issues

A rush to implement electronic health records caused by the Meaningful Use incentive program has thrust "complex, balky, unwieldy error-prone" systems into highly sensitive clinical settings, according to an article in the Boston Globe.

MGMA: Meaningful Use program overreaching, runs the 'risk of failure'

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has added its voice to the commenters on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's proposed rule relaxing the Meaningful Use rules in 2014, supporting the increased flexibility in reporting but warning that without "significant" modifications, the program itself "runs the risk of failure."

Lack of EHR interoperability is 'fraud' against taxpayers

Electronic health record vendors--particularly Epic--may not deserve Meaningful Use incentive money because their systems hinder data sharing, according to physician-turned-lawmaker Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).