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A patient was admitted to an acute care facility with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had a craniotomy with evacuation of subarachnoid hemorrhage and was later transferred to a long term acute care facility. Would the proper code be V58.73, Aftercare following surgery of the circulatory system, not elsewhere classified? The patient would no longer have the subarachnoid hemorrhage, as it had been removed. I have tried explaining to a colleague with the entire operative procedure, but she is still coding it as if the patient still has the subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Ronda R. Hajduk, MBA, RHIT, CCS
Ernest Health, Inc

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Editor's E-Note
The amount of clever, creative, and useful health apps on the market boggles the mind. No doubt, there are some clunkers that either perform poorly or lack the backing of a reputable source.

This month’s E-News Exclusive profiles the exciting new partnership between Orca Health and Harvard Medical School. It appears to be a sure winner, at least that’s according to the article’s author, Annie Macios, who wrote to me that she “downloaded their ShoulderDecide app because my son redislocated his shoulder last week, and I found the information and animations to be really great. There was even a brief arthroscopic repair surgery included.”

How’s that for a ringing endorsement?

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
HeartDecide: Interactive Knowledge at Your Fingertips
By Annie Macios

Watch out, smartphone and tablet users. There’s a new app that could become the Angry Birds of the healthcare industry for patients, healthcare providers, and insurance companies alike.

Orca Health, a Sandy, Utah-based company, has partnered with Harvard Medical School to release the latest version of HeartDecide as well as a series of iBooks geared toward helping consumers use technology to improve their healthcare experience.

HeartDecide, a 3D app for iOS, has undergone a major update to help users better understand heart anatomy, conditions, best practices, and solutions using the interactive technology. It also directs users to top local specialists. The four interactive iBooks—Angina, Angioplasty, Cardiac Catheterization, and Atherosclerosis—complement HeartDecide.

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Industry Insight
Use of ‘Free’ EHRs May Violate New HIPAA Rule
Better get out those checkbooks. The new HIPAA rule may put the kibosh on “free” EHRs, according to FierceHealthIT.

Hospital Video Mocks Patient Care Under Health Reform
A New Jersey hospital produced a video that’s sure to put a smile on the faces of health reform opponents, according to FOX Business.

Industry Insight
Optum, Mayo Clinic Collaborate on Data Mining Project

Optum and the Mayo Clinic recently launched Optum Labs, an open, collaborative research and development facility with the goal of improving patient care. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Optum Labs provides an environment where the healthcare industry can come together to combine information and ideas that benefit patients today while also driving long-term improvements in the delivery and quality of care.

Optum and the Mayo Clinic will make their information assets, technologies, knowledge tools, and scientific expertise available to organizations interested in pursuing practical new solutions to patient care challenges. The Mayo Clinic also will contribute valuable insights directly from patient experiences.

The Mayo Clinic’s extensive clinical expertise will be instrumental in guiding Optum Labs’ research agenda and applying research results and insights directly to the patient care environment. Combining the clinic’s extensive clinical insights with Optum’s healthcare claims information will help doctors better understand all aspects of the patient care experience and refine approaches to care that consistently help patients achieve the best outcomes. Other Optum Labs participants will include academic institutions, life sciences companies, commercial and government payers, and other care providers.

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Tech & Tools
52 Weeks for Women’s Health App
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mVisum STEMI Alert App
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