STS National Database News: ACSD Edition, September/October 2020

September/October 2020

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2020 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting is next week! The virtual meeting—taking place September 29–October 2—will highlight all four components of the STS National Database, with interactive live sessions, recorded programs you can watch at your convenience, e-posters depicting the latest research, social events, and an exhibit hall. The meeting agenda is available, with Thursday, October 1 dedicated to the ACSD. Choose to register for multiple or individual days. Attendees will be able to earn perfusion or nursing credit.

Mentor Sign Up
The STS National Database mentorship program pairs experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out questionnaires, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. STS has ACSD mentees in the queue waiting to be paired with mentors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please complete the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Adie Dolan at

Update Your Site Info
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons and anesthesiologists) by October 30, 2020, via the web-based Participant Contact Form. To add, update, or deactivate a contact, please complete the “Contact and Role Updates” section. When adding surgeons, attach a signed Schedule A. When adding anesthesiologists, attach a signed Schedule B. If you have any questions, contact Invoices for 2021 Database participation will be mailed by mid-December; some participant fees are calculated on a per-surgeon basis, so it is important that your records are up-to-date.

Public Reporting Deadlines Approach
Consent forms for new/revised enrollments in the next round of STS Public Reporting are due Tuesday, December 1. ACSD participants can publicly report overall scores and star ratings for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR), AVR+CABG, isolated mitral valve repair/replacement (MVRR), and MVRR+CABG. To enroll, complete the consent form and fax it to 312-202-5867 or email it to Sydney Clinton at If you already participate in public reporting, you do not need to submit a new form unless you are making changes.

Direct Data Entry Now Available
A direct data entry (DDE) option launched on July 1 for the ACSD and General Thoracic Surgery Database, which means you no longer need to use third-party vendor software for data submission unless you want to do so. DDE is offered at no additional cost, and participants should enter data directly into the IQVIA platform. For more information, contact the STS National Database team at

Quick Hits: Harvest 4, Data Collection Update

  • Data submission for Harvest 4 closes on Friday, November 20. Please ensure that all data with OR dates through the September 30, 2020 reporting period are entered by this date. Check the 2020 Harvest Schedule for additional details.
  • The latest training manual (v4.20) published on the ACSD Data Collection page was revised in September and contains important information to help with data abstraction. Updates are posted at the beginning of each month. (Note: The updates are shown as bookmarks and are easily seen using Internet Explorer. If you prefer to use Google Chrome or another browser, you may have to download the PDF and open the bookmarks manually in Adobe Acrobat.) 

Timely Blog Posts Available for Patients
The STS patient website,, offers immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content on cardiothoracic diseases and operations. The website also features blog posts from surgeons and others on topics of special interest such as aortic dissection, heart disease, and COVID-19. Some of the latest articles include:

If you interact with patients at your institution, make sure to share this important resource—handouts are available for download in both English and Spanish. Contact Jennifer Bagley at with feedback or questions about the patient website.