The 2020 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting featured sessions for all four components of the STS National Database. Data managers and surgeon leaders came together virtually to share valuable research and best practices with the goal of improving data collection and patient outcomes.
Each day was dedicated entirely to one registry.
Tuesday, September 29 - STS Intermacs Database
9:00 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.
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)
7:30 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.
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)
9:30 a.m. – 5:45 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.
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)
8:45 a.m. – 4:15 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.
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
Accreditation and Continuing Education
Educational Disclosure Policy
This meeting is being provided through an educational partnership between Corexcel and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nursing Contact Hours and Perfusionist credit via the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) will be offered.
Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the ANCC’s Commission on Accreditation.
It is Corexcel’s policy to ensure independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all programming. In compliance with the ANCC and ABCP, Corexcel requires that faculty disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests within the past 12 months.
Receiving Continuing Education Credit
Access the online evaluation at corexcel.com/sts. In order to receive a certificate you must complete an evaluation. You must complete the evaluation at one time; you cannot leave and return to the place you last commented. You will not receive CE credit for any session unless the online evaluation is completed. Participants may choose to claim ANCC Contact Hours, Perfusionist CEUs, or a Certificate of Attendance.
Requirements for Contact Hours
To receive continuing education credit, you must watch all on-demand and live content then evaluate all presentations in a specific session. Please refer to the credit designation below.
Delivery of Certificate
Your continuing education credit certificate will be sent as a PDF to the email address you provide during the evaluation process. Certificates will be processed once a month based on the prior month’s completions. To receive your certificate in the first batch, please complete your evaluation by Saturday, October 31, 2020. This rolling system will continue for 3 months and end on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Non-Endorsement of Products
Accreditation of activities for contact hours does not imply the approval or endorsement of any product, advertising, or educational content by STS, Corexcel, or the ANCC’s Commission on Accreditation.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Conflicts of interest disclosed by speakers, planning committee members, and others involved in the planning and implementation of the AQO Meeting are displayed within the virtual meeting platform.
Any discussion of off-label use of pharmaceutical agents or non-FDA-approved devices has been disclosed by the speakers and is listed in this notebook. Any incidental discussion of such issues will be made known by the speaker during the presentation.
Continuing education records for AQO Meeting attendees are kept for a period of 7 years.
The nursing continuing education credit for this conference is being brought to you through a joint providership agreement between The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Corexcel.
Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).
Corexcel designates this educational activity for a maximum of 32.97 nursing contact hours as follows:
- General Sessions: 2.0
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Intermacs/Pedimacs: 8.15
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020, General Thoracic Surgery Database: 7.75
- Thursday, October 1, 2020, Adult Cardiac Surgery Database: 7.99
- Friday, October 2, 2020, Congenital Heart Surgery Database: 7.08
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) has approved the live content of this activity for Category I Recertification CEUs as follows:
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Intermacs/Pedimacs: 5.0
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020, General Thoracic Surgery Database: 5.7
- Thursday, October 1, 2020, Adult Cardiac Surgery Database: 5.4
- Friday, October 2, 2020, Congenital Heart Surgery Database: 4.9
The live content for this program has been approved by The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion for a maximum of 21.0 CEUs. Perfusionists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Please note: No perfusion credit is associated with the viewing of on-demand content.
STS urges all participants to be aware of their own state board or certifying agency continuing education and/or certification requirements, particularly in regard to the length of time a certificate must be kept by the learner.
For help obtaining your continuing education credit, please contact Corexcel:
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3411 Silverside Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19810
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