STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, July/August 2018

July/August 2018

Register Today for AQO Meeting
Registration and housing are now open for the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, September 26-28 in Los Angeles. The adult cardiac sessions will provide guidance on abstracting and coding for the new aorta data collection elements, mitral valve cases, and the hemodynamics/echo section of the data collection form, among other topics. The ACSD track will be held on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Register today and reserve your housing at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Prices increase $100 after August 29. If you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

Submit Questions and Case Scenarios for AQO Meeting
The Society is collecting questions and case scenarios for a panel of experts to discuss during the AQO Meeting. Attendees are urged to submit questions in advance so that presenters have time to prepare thoughtful answers. ACSD topics that will be discussed during the meeting include anesthesia, perfusion, echo and hemodynamics, Maze procedures, mitral valve, aortic root, and aortic dissection. Submit a question or case scenario by Monday, August 13.

Data Submission Closes Next Month 
Data submission for period 3 will close Friday, August 24, and the last day to opt out is Monday, August 27. For the most up-to-date information, check the harvest schedule. The period 2 Data Analysis Report is expected to be released by the end of July. 

Review New FAQ on Wound Interventions
If you’re feeling stumped on an abstraction question, don’t forget to check a list of frequently asked questions and answers to see if someone else has had the same issue. The latest ACSD-related question addresses postoperative wound interventions. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form. (Please note: If you send an email directly to the FAQ mailbox, do not send secured or encrypted messages. They cannot be opened, and you will not receive a response.)

Use New PCF to Update Site Info
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) via the new web-based Participant Contact Form. This webform replaces the PDF form that was used previously. If you have questions, contact Derek Steck.