2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting

Event dates
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Location
New Orleans, LA

Course Description

The 2019 Advances in Quality and Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting will feature sessions for all four components of the STS National Database: Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, Congenital Heart Surgery Database, General Thoracic Surgery Database, and STS Intermacs Database. Surgeon leaders and hundreds of data managers will gather at this Wednesday-Friday meeting to share valuable research and important clinical findings with the goal of improving data collection and patient outcomes. Participation through an audience-response system will be utilized for presentations when applicable.

General Thoracic Surgery Database

(includes optional New General Thoracic Data Managers Session) 
This track will focus on the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), examining how to improve data collection and advance GTSD coding skills. Sessions will use a case-based learning format.

Objectives
Upon completion of the GTSD sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the staging, diagnoses, surgical procedures, and complication abstraction and coding for lung and esophageal cancer cases
  • Describe how to accurately abstract and code tracheal resection cases
  • Discuss and code postoperative events
  • Summarize the findings of the 2018 Audit 
  • Identify data components of the risk model and discuss star ratings 
  • Explain nodal stations and how to accurately count nodes 
     
STS Intermacs Database

This track will focus on the STS Intermacs Database and its Pedimacs component, examining how to improve data collection and advance Intermacs Database coding skills. Sessions will use a case-based learning format. 

Objectives
Upon completion of the STS Intermacs Database sessions, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the Audit process
  • Discuss the Quality Assurance Report and how to use it
  • Explain the version upgrade
  • Summarize how to capture and code chronic GI bleeding
  • Identify different Intermacs patient profiles
  • Summarize how to capture and code chronic driveline infections 
  • Identify temporary devices on the preimplant form 
General Session

The General Session will provide participants with important updates about current and future STS National Database initiatives and essential Database operations information. All registered participants may attend this session. 

Objectives
Upon completion of the General Session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe uses of the STS National Database for quality improvement
  • Discuss improvements in data transfer and management
  • Compare how other organizations capture STS National Database data
Adult Cardiac Surgery Database

This track will focus on the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), examining how to improve data collection, increase knowledge, and advance ACSD abstraction and coding skills. Sessions will provide information about changes in the scope of cardiothoracic surgery practice.

Objectives
Upon completion of the ACSD sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe conditions of the aorta and explain aorta data collection elements
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code mitral valve cases
  • Identify data components of the risk model and discuss risk factors
  • Describe the Maze procedure and guidelines for treatment of atrial fibrillation
  • Summarize best practices for presenting data to physicians and executives
  • Discuss the findings of the 2018 Audit and describe the audit process 
Congenital Heart Surgery Database

(includes optional New Congenital Data Managers Session)
This track will focus on the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), examining how to improve data collection, increase knowledge, and advance CHSD abstraction and coding skills. The session will use a case-based learning format.

Objectives
Upon completion of the CHSD sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the anesthesia section of the CHSD
  • Discuss STAT Scores
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code valve sparing patch
  • Discuss and code the single ventricle procedure
  • Explain the risk model variables
  • Identify how to run reports
     
Past AQO Meetings
Year Date Location
AQO 2017 October 18-20 Chicago, IL
AQO 2018 September 26-28 Los Angeles, CA