Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting

Event dates
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Location
Virtual Conference

Abstract submission and registration are now open! See below for details.

The 2020 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting features sessions for all four components of the STS National Database. This year’s meeting will be delivered through an online platform. Data managers and surgeon leaders will come together virtually to share valuable research and best practices with the goal of improving data collection and patient outcomes. 

The virtual meeting includes interactive live sessions at scheduled times and recorded programs that you can watch at your convenience. Speakers will offer the latest information about the Database, including version upgrades and new features, as well as provide timely tips on improving data collection and abstraction. Plus, you can review e-posters, take part in a special networking event, and “meet” with industry representatives in the virtual exhibit hall. Registration is available for multiple or individual days, and STS members receive a discounted rate! You can request a personalized justification letter to show your supervisor how important it is for you to attend this year’s AQO Meeting.

Each day is dedicated entirely to one registry:

Tuesday, September 29 - STS Intermacs Database

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT

This program will focus on the Intermacs Database and its Pedimacs component, reflecting changes in the scope of mechanical circulatory support device implants and patient management. Sessions are designed to help participants improve data collection and advance their registry coding skills, using a case-based learning format. 

Objectives
Upon completion of the Intermacs/Pedimacs program, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe new Pedimacs features
  • Explain the Intermacs version upgrade
  • Discuss how to use the Intermacs Database for internal quality improvement
  • Summarize how to capture and code the 6-minute walk
  • Identify how missingness in the Intermacs Database can influence findings
  • Summarize the heart team concept
  • Administer quality of life (QOL) surveys properly and assess how missingness of QOL surveys affects data
Wednesday, September 30 - STS General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT

This program will focus on the GTSD, helping participants improve data collection and advance registry coding skills. Sessions will use a case-based learning format. When applicable, interactive presentations will use an audience-response system.

Objectives
Upon completion of the GTSD program, 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 the grading of complications
  • Identify data components of the risk model and discuss star ratings
  • Explain how to accurately count nodes
     
Thursday, October 1 - STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD)

10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m. CT 

This program will focus on the ACSD, offering updates on the scope of cardiothoracic surgery practice and helping participants improve data collection and advance registry abstraction and coding skills. 

Objectives
Upon completion of the ACSD program, 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
  • Describe the Maze procedure and guidelines for treatment of atrial fibrillation
  • Identify how to code assist devices
  • Summarize how to capture the deteriorating patient
  • Discuss how to code incidents and spacing
Friday, October 2 - STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD)

10:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. CT

This program will focus on the CHSD, helping participants improve data collection and advance registry abstraction and coding skills. The sessions will use a case-based learning format. When applicable, interactive presentations will use an audience-response system.

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

  • Summarize the anesthesia section of the CHSD
  • Discuss STAT scores
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code preop factors
  • Identify common findings and key mistakes in the 2019 audit
  • Describe the Ross procedure
  • Explain the risk model variables
  • Describe how to code adults with congenital heart disease

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Preview Meeting Schedule
A full agenda with speakers and session times will be available in the coming weeks. Names of speakers and session times will be updated here as they are confirmed. View Preliminary Program

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!
Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for presentation. Submissions are due on Friday, August 14 by 11:59 p.m. CT. Accepted submissions will be presented as e-posters while a small number also may be selected for oral presentation. Submitted abstracts must use STS National Database fields and participating sites' custom fields to produce results. 

Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020


Continuing Education Credits
STS is partnering with Corexcel to offer Nursing CEs and Perfusion CEUs. The number of available CEs and instructions for claiming credit will be shared closer to the event. 


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
  Early Bird After Sept. 7 Early Bird After Sept. 7
Tuesday, September 29: Intermacs/Pedimacs $75 $150 $100 $200
Wednesday, September 30: General Thoracic $75 $150 $100 $200
Thursday, October 1: Adult Cardiac $75 $150 $100 $200
Friday, October 2: Congenital $75 $150 $100 $200
Multiday or All Days $150 $300 $200 $400

Register by Monday, September 7 to enjoy half off the standard registration fee. Choose to register for individual or multiple days. You’ll need your STS Member ID to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership (e.g., Active or Associate 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.


Questions?            

  • Registration: Amy Cacich, Senior Coordinator, Meetings and Conventions
  • Abstract Submission and Program: Emily Conrad, Senior Coordinator, STS National Database