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

July/August 2018

AQO Early Bird Reg and Housing Deadlines Approach
Two important deadlines are approaching for the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, September 26-28 in Los Angeles:

  • Registration—Complete your meeting registration online or via mail-in form by August 29 to save $100.
  • HousingReserve your housing by August 29 to receive the special STS rate at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

In addition to sessions highlighting various aspects of data collection and entry for congenital heart diseases such as heterotaxy syndrome and transposition of the great arteries, an important focus of this year’s meeting will be preparing you for the upcoming CHSD specification upgrade, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019. View the preliminary agenda, and if you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

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 the anesthesia section of the CHSD, coding for double outlet right ventricle procedures and combined aortic arch anomalies, and more. Purchase access to just the CHSD sessions or a complete set, which includes all Database components. New purchases are available through 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.

Review New FAQs on Coagulation Disorders, Tetralogy of Fallot
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 CHSD-related questions address timing for coding coagulation disorders and specific types of tetralogy of Fallot. 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.)

Check Out Congenital Animations, Videos on STS Patient Website
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information, videos, and graphics on cardiothoracic diseases, as well as what to expect before, day of, and after surgery. The Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) page recently was updated with a new animation that illustrates how a VSD can affect blood flow. An illustration and several videos are included on the Atrial Septal Defect page. Videos also are available on the Single Ventricle Defect, Coarctation of the Aorta, Truncus Arteriosus, and Before, During, and After Congenital Heart Surgery pages. Make sure to share this important resource with patients at your institution—handouts are available for download in both English and Spanish.

Reminder: Use New PCF to Update Site Info
Make sure to update your site’s contact information (including participating surgeons) 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.