2012 STS Physician Quality Reporting System Registry Submission

STS National Database News, March 2012 -- Since 2008, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database has been designated by CMS as a qualified registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS, formerly PQRI), providing surgeons with the ability to directly report results to CMS via the STS National Database. This voluntary program enables surgeons to avoid the cumbersome administrative burden associated with claims-based reporting. (If a program has already developed an effective and efficient system using claims data, there is no obligation to switch to STS registry submission.)

The Society is pleased to announce that CMS has again designated the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database as a qualified registry. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, surgeons participating in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database who have returned a completed Data Sharing Consent and Release Form are eligible to submit 2012 Medicare Fee for Service cases into the web-based, password-protected Quality Module for the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. Access the Quality Module here.

Please note, programs that have previously completed a Data Sharing Consent and Release Form must complete a 2012 Data Sharing Consent and Release Form in order to submit 2012 Medicare Fee for Service cases into the Quality Module.

To participate in the 2012 STS registry submission, surgeons must submit a completed 2012 Data Sharing Consent and Release Form to STS. The following fields on the consent form must be completed in order to ensure Database submissions match claims sent to Medicare:
• STS National Database Participant ID (PID) # – five digits;
• Surgeon National Provider Identifier (NPI) (not Hospital NPI);
• Tax ID Number(s) (all Tax ID numbers used by provider for Medicare Fee for Service Claims);
• Date;
• Signature; and
• Valid e-mail address.

STS will submit participant data using the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database with surgical dates of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012. Data will only be sent for those who sign a 2012 Data Sharing Consent and Release Form. Results will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the Data Sharing Consent and Release Form.

Imperative to successful submission is accurate completion of the following data fields in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database for each Medicare Fee for Service patient. These fields must match the consent form: Surgeon NPI; Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); and Medicare Fee for Service (FFS).

Measures include:
• #43, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG): Use of Internal Mammary Artery (IMA) in Isolated CABG;
• #44, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG): Pre-Operative Beta-Blocker in Patients with Isolated CABG; and
• #45, Perioperative Care: Discontinuation of Prophylactic Antibiotics for Cardiac Procedures.

Exclusions for the above three measures are entered into the STS Quality Module. To locate a 10-digit Surgeon NPI, please refer to the CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) NPI Registry online. Surgeons who have signed a Schedule A at more than one facility will need to complete a separate Data Sharing Consent and Release Form for each participating site.

Send completed Data Sharing Consent and Release Forms to Gerry Tarafa, Operations Manager, STS National Database, either by fax to (312) 202-5867, via scanned PDF document to gtarafa [at] sts [dot] org, or hard copy mailed to STS, 633 North Saint Clair Street, Floor 23, Chicago, IL 60611-3658.

A participant-specific user ID and password to access the Quality Module will be issued to the Primary Data and File Contact when at least one surgeon participant submits a signed Data Sharing Consent and Release Form. Primary Data and File Contacts who serve more than one database participant may be issued more than one participant-specific user ID and password.

The Society encourages all STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database surgeons to take advantage of STS Physician Quality Reporting System direct submission for calendar year 2012.

For questions regarding the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System Registry Submission, please contact Gerry Tarafa at gtarafa [at] sts [dot] org. Questions regarding access to the Quality Module should be directed to your Data Submission Coordinator (DSC) at Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Identify your DSC here.

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