STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, September/October 2018

September/October 2018

Sign Up for New Database Mentorship Program
The Society has launched an STS National Database mentorship program that will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out a questionnaire, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please fill out the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Emily Conrad.

Deadlines Approach for Public Reporting, MIPS
Two important consent form deadlines are next month:

  • ACSD participants who did not take advantage of the last public reporting opportunity but wish to be included in the next round (January 2019 release) must submit a completed consent form by Monday, October 8. This update will include hospital and participant-level scores and star ratings for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), combined AVR+CABG, and—new for 2019—isolated mitral valve replacement or mitral valve repair (MVRR) and combined MVRR+CABG. Current public reporting participants who would like to add the MVRR and MVRR+CABG measures will need to submit a new form. For more information, visit or contact Sydney Clinton.
  • To have STS submit quality measure data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, surgeons participating in the ACSD must complete the online consent form by Wednesday, October 31. Surgeons who consent to have STS submit data on their behalf will avoid an automatic 5% negative payment adjustment in 2020. A new consent form must be submitted every year. If you have questions, contact Derek Steck.​​​​​​

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting is just 1 week away! There’s still time to register for this important conference, September 26-28 in Los Angeles. The adult cardiac sessions will provide guidance on abstracting and coding for the aorta data collection elements, mitral valve cases, and the hemodynamics/echo section of the data collection form, among other topics. Register today and reserve your housing at the Loews Hollywood Hotel; registration also will be available onsite.

Purchase Access to AQO 2017 Online Through September 25
If you missed last year’s AQO conference, you can still experience the exceptional meeting content through AQO Online. Learn about new aorta data collection elements, changes in version 2.9 of the ACSD, anesthesia abstraction tips, and more. Purchase access to just the ACSD sessions or a complete set, which includes all Database components. New purchases are available through Tuesday, September 25; afterward, no new orders will be filled but the programs will remain accessible to purchasers. Those who attended AQO 2017 receive free access to the online product(s) that correspond to the session(s) for which they were registered; log in with the credentials that were used to register for the meeting. No continuing education credit will be given for viewing AQO Online.

Quick Hits: Surgeon Lists, Harvest 4, FAQs

  • Review your list of participating surgeons and submit any necessary changes on the Participant Contact Form no later than Thursday, November 1. Database participation fees for 2019 will be based partially on the number of active surgeons listed.
  • Data submission for Harvest 4 opened on Monday, September 10. Make sure to take advantage of the open submission period and take extra time to check your data. The submission window will close on Friday, November 30.
  • 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 questions address contraindications, diseased mitral valves, and peak glucose values. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.
  • Several questions recently have been submitted regarding clinical practice guidelines and National Quality Forum measures. Please keep in mind that the Society has information on its website regarding guidelines and performance measures, and check these pages prior to sending in your question.