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

GOP Doctors Caucus urges delay of MU Stage 3, blanket hardship exception for Stage 2

The GOP Doctors Caucus has weighed in against the Meaningful Use program, sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging that Stage 3 of the program be delayed and a blanket hardship waiver exception be granted for Stage 2.

Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on...

Epic refutes Mother Jones' accusations on lack of interoperability

Electronic health record vendor Epic Systems has written a letter to the editor of Mother Jones magazine refuting statements made in a story published by the latter about Epic products' lack of interoperability with other EHR systems.

DoD: Joint legacy viewer provides 'interoperability' with VA

The Department of Defense claims to have met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act.

HIMSS, EHRA urge caution by CMS when structuring MIPS, alternative payment models

More stakeholders have weighed in on the structure of the Merit Based Incentive Program System and alternative payment models, with the Electronic Health Records Association and the Health Information Management and Systems Society both expressing concern about over-burdensome requirements.

Report: HIE-sponsored PHRs offer 'one-stop shopping'

Health information exchanges may wish to consider offering personal health records as part of their array of services, according to a report recently unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

ONC: Rural communities working to adopt health IT need more financial support

Providers in rural areas are working to incorporate health IT into their practices in order to improve patient care, but could use more financial support, according to a new blog post from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

CMS was right to hold off on CJR health IT quality measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is very keen on moving away from a fee-for-service healthcare system to value based reimbursement in order to improve care coordination and reduce...

Certified technology comparison task force outlines initial goals

The Office of the National Coordinator's new certified technology comparison task force met for the first time Nov. 17 to outline its work plan and goals for the upcoming months.

Spotlight On... EHRs not yet ready for outcome-based drug pricing

Electronic health records have the potential to support outcome-based drug pricing, but are not yet capable of accurately tracking a drug's role in improving patient outcomes, such as reducing readmissions.