AQO 2022 Preliminary Agenda

The AQO agenda is subject to change. 

This meeting includes live sessions in Providence, Rhode Island, 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 exhibit hall.

Intermacs/Pedimacs Database
Wednesday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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: 

  • Explain how to read and interpret quarterly reports
  • Identify how to utilize the Intermacs and Pedimacs dashboards for benchmarking 
  • Describe how to accurately abstract and code right heart failure cases for Intermacs Database cases
  • Identify the importance of data completeness
  • Discuss Quality of Life (QOL) surveys and identify examples of successful QOL survey completion protocols
  • Summarize the functions of the Intermacs and Pedimacs outcome analytics tools 
  • Identify solutions to overcome challenges in coding complex cases in the Pedimacs Database  
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code major infection and neuro dysfunction for Intermacs Database cases 
  • Identify and discuss key changes in the new version of the Pedimacs data collection form
  • Describe the use of Intermacs data for Quality Improvement and research projects
  • Understand how sites may utilize the live data downloads
In-Person Sessions
  • Quality of Life Long-Term Outcomes and Compliance
  • Pedimacs Dashboard and Kaplan-Meier Tool Unveiling
  • Using the Intermacs Dashboard
  • Overview of the Pedimacs Version 6 Upgrade
  • Post-Procedure Mortality Verification
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Major Infection
  • Neuro Dysfunction
  • Pedimacs Case Scenarios
  • Future Quality Initiatives
  • Using Intermacs Data for Joint Commission Review
  • Ongoing Research for Intermacs and Pedimacs 
On-Demand Content
  • How to Read Quarterly Reports
  • How to Do Your Own Research or Quality Improvement Project
  • Data Completeness 
  • How to Enter a Patient into the Intermacs Database 
  • Live Data Download
  • Kaplan-Meier Tool for the Intermacs Database 

General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD)
Wednesday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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

  • Explain the staging, diagnoses, surgical procedures, complication abstraction, and coding for lung and esophageal cancer cases
  • Describe how to accurately abstract and code tracheal resection cases
  • Discuss the grading of post-op complications
  • Summarize the audit process and reiterate audit findings 
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code hiatal hernia cases
  • Describe how to abstract the pre-operative evaluation section of the data collection form
  • Discuss ways in which research investigators can use STS data to enhance quality of care and improve patient outcomes
In-Person Sessions
  • Using Data to Improve Outcomes
  • Esophageal Cancer: Pre-Operative Work-Up and Clinical Staging
  • Esophageal Cancer: Surgical Techniques and Pathological Staging
  • Esophageal Cancer: Post-Op Complications 
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation: ECHO, PFT and CV Disease
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation: History of Cancer and Pre-Op Medications 
  • 30-Day Mortality Verification 
  • GTSD Audit 
  • Lung Cancer: Pre-Operative Work-Up and Clinical Staging
  • Lung Cancer: Surgical Techniques and Pathological Staging
  • General & Lung Cancer: Post-Op Complications
On-Demand Content
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Thymus
  • Trachea
  • GTSD Research

Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD)
Thursday, October 27, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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:

  • Provide a high-level overview of what is on the horizon for the ACSD
  • Discuss the aorta risk model and 3-year CABG composite
  • Discuss the importance of 30-day mortality verification
  • Describe conditions of the aorta and explain aorta data collection elements
  • Summarize how to capture and code the hemodynamics, cath, and echo section of the data collection form
  • Discuss the relationship between the TVT Registry and ACSD 
  • Describe the Maze procedure and guidelines for treatment of atrial fibrillation
  • Explain data abstraction related to the aortic section of the ACSD data collection form
  • Summarize how to accurately abstract and code VAD, ECMO and Impella devices 
In-Person Sessions
  • ACSD General Update
  • 30-Day Mortality Verification
  • TVT Registry and the ACSD
  • AVR with Annular Enlargements – It’s Not a Root
  • Devices: VAD, ECMO, Impellas
  • Aorta/Arch/Debranching 
  • Cath/Echo
  • Aorta Risk Model
  • CABG Anastomoses: Proximal, Distal, Side to Side, End to Side
  • Twisting through the Perplexity of Mazes
  • Databases in Value Based Care – Why the ACSD Matters
On-Demand Content
  • TAVR Gone Bad
  • Aortic Arch Anatomy
  • Star Ratings: 3-Year CABG Composite
  • MV Procedures: Chordal Preservation
  • A Case Review: Left Heart vs. Full Bypass

Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD)
Friday, October 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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. 

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

  • Explain how to utilize your STS data for everyday practice  
  • Discuss the 6.23 version upgrade and describe a brief overview of the changes
  • Summarize what is being done nationally and locally with CHSD anesthesia data
  • Discuss the importance of the eight major morbidities and their impact on analysis
  • Explain the new STAT scores and combination codes
  • Identify a process for 30-day follow-up
  • Understand how to code adults with congenital heart disease
  • Explain how to accurately abstract and code single ventricle cases 
  • Summarize the fields required for audit and discuss the STS National Database Audit Policy
In-Person Sessions
  • How to Use Your Data for Everyday Practice
  • 6.23 Version Upgrade
  • Anesthesia
  • Morbidity
  • New STAT Scores and Combination Codes
  • Implementation of new STAT Scores
  • STAT Scores: Case Scenarios
  • 30-Day Mortality Verification
  • 30-Day Follow-Up
  • Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
On-Demand Content
  • STAT Upgrade Project
  • CHSD Audit
  • Harvest Clean-Up
  • Single Ventricle
  • Workflow 
  • Coding of Wound Infections
  • Basic Anatomy and Basic Terminology of TGA/CCTGA and Their Subtypes 
  • CHSD Volume Project 

General Session

The general session will provide participants with important updates about current and future STS National Database initiatives and essential Database operations information. 

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

  • Identify the role of the STS National Database in policy, quality, and patient safety
  • Provide an update on the initiatives of the STS National Database
  • Summarize how to utilize your reports and use your data locally 
  • Understand why the STS National Database is important to patients 
On-Demand Content
  • President’s Remarks
  • Update on the STS National Database platform 
  • Database Advancement
  • How to Utilize Your Reports and Use Your Data Locally 
  • Data Collection – Why It’s Meaningful 
  • Wellness – Tips for Handling Change