Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting

Event dates
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Location
Los Angeles, CA

Course Description 

The 2018 AQO Meeting will feature all four components of the STS National Database: Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, Congenital Heart Surgery Database, General Thoracic Surgery Database, and Intermacs Database—new! 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.

All tracks include the Thursday morning General Session and AQO Online for the corresponding sessions.

You’ll need your STS Member ID to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership (eg, Active, International, Associate, or Senior membership). Your 6-digit STS Member ID is not your site or Database participant ID. For help with your STS Member ID, please contact Member Services.

Congenital Heart Surgery Database Track

New Congenital Data Managers (Optional) 
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Congenital Heart Surgery Database Track
Wednesday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

These sessions will focus on the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), examining how to improve data collection, increase knowledge, and advance the participant’s database abstraction and coding skills in the CHSD. The session will use a case-based learning format. Participation through an audience-response system will be utilized for presentations when applicable.

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

  • Summarize the anesthesia section of the CHSD;
  • Discuss and code heterotaxy syndrome;
  • Define the anatomy and physiology in heterotaxy syndrome;
  • Discuss and code congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries;
  • Explain the use of the Data Quality Report; and
  • Identify the basics of operative mortality.
General Thoracic Surgery Database Track

General Thoracic Surgery Database Track 
Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

These sessions will focus on the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) and examine how to improve data collection and advance participant database coding skills in the upgraded version 2.41 of the GTSD that became effective July 1, 2018. The session will use a case-based learning format. Participation through an audience-response system will be utilized for presentations when applicable.

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

  • Explain the staging, diagnoses, and surgical procedures, as well as complication abstraction and coding for lung and esophageal cancer cases;
  • Describe how to accurately abstract and code thymus cases;
  • Discuss and code gastroesophageal reflux disease;
  • Summarize the findings of the 2017 Audit; and
  • Identify strategies for data abstraction and coding of GTSD cases.
Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Track

New Adult Cardiac Data Managers (optional)
Friday, September 28, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Track
Thursday, September 27, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Friday, September 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD) sessions will examine how to improve data collection and advance participants’ database coding skills in the ACSD. The sessions will provide information about changes in the scope of cardiothoracic surgery practice. Participation through an audience-response system will be utilized for presentations when applicable.

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

  • Describe conditions of the aorta and new 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 how to capture and code the hemodynamics/echo section of the data collection form; and
  • Discuss the findings of the 2017 Audit and elements to improve upon.
General Session

All Tracks
Thursday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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. 

Learning 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; and
  • Compare how other organizations capture STS National Database data.
Pricing
Congenital Track (Wed. All Day & Thur. Morning) Member $475 Non-Member $575
General Thoracic Track (Thur. All Day) Member $475 Non-Member $575
Adult Cardiac Track (Thurs. Afternoon & Fri. All Day) Member $550 Non-Member $650
SAVE! Congenital & Adult Cardiac Tracks Member $750 Non-Member $925
SAVE! Congenital  & General Thoracic Tracks Member $750 Non-Member $925
SAVE! General Thoracic & Adult Cardiac Tracks Member $750 Non-Member $925
SAVE! Congenital, General Thoracic & Adult Cardiac Tracks Member $750 Non-Member $925

All tracks include the General Session. Prices reflect early bird registration rates. After August 29, 2018, prices increase by $100. Registration includes AQO Online for corresponding sessions.

Note: Member registration for AQO is based on individual membership of the Society and not based on hospital membership of the database. Learn more an apply for STS Membership now


Housing

A block of rooms for AQO Meeting attendees has been reserved at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The special AQO group rate is $239 (single/double), plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed through Wednesday, August 29 or until the group block is sold out. Guest rooms reserved after the cutoff date or when the room block is sold out are subject to hotel availability.
 
How to Reserve a Room in the STS Block:

  • Call the Group Reservation toll-free number at 855-563-9749. Be sure to reference STS AQO 2018.
  • Reserve your room online.

2017 AQO Online

For the first time, presentations from Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting were recorded and converted into an online product with unlimited on-demand viewing. Learn more and purchase


Abstracts

The deadline to submit abstracts has passed. 


Past AQO Meetings
Year Date Location
AQO 2017 October 18-20 Chicago, IL

Continuing Education Credit

STS is partnering with Corexcel to offer Nursing CEs and Perfusion CEs. The actual number of CEs is currently being determined and will be provided at the AQO Meeting.