STS National Database News: GTSD Edition, January/February 2019

January/February 2019

Deadlines Approach for Data Submission, Research Proposals, Public Reporting
A number of important GTSD deadlines are coming up in the next 2 months:

  • Friday, February 22: Data submission for the Spring 2019 Harvest closes. This closing date is earlier than in past years because of a deadline for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System submissions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Please ensure that all data for the January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 reporting period is entered by this date. Refer to the 2019 harvest schedule for additional details.
  • Friday, March 1: Clinical research proposals based on data in the GTSD are due. STS funding is available for a number of novel, well-conceived, and hypothesis-driven proposals—detailed analysis plans with shell tables and figures are strongly encouraged. Collaborative projects involving multiple institutions that can be completed within 9-12 months will receive extra consideration. More information is available on the Access & Publications page; submit inquiries and proposals to Kristin Mathis. If you cannot meet the March 1 deadline, the next round of proposals will be due October 15.
  • Monday, March 11: Consent forms for new/revised enrollments in the next round of STS Public Reporting Online are due. Public reporting ratings posted this summer will include lobectomy for lung cancer outcomes and, for the first time, the esophagectomy composite quality score. This is the only opportunity for GTSD participants to publicly report in 2019. If you miss this deadline, you won’t be able to enroll in STS Public Reporting until March 2020. To enroll, complete the consent form and fax it to 312-202-5867 or email it to Sydney Clinton. If you already participate in public reporting, you do not need to submit a new form unless you are making changes.

New Resources Added to STS Website 
Take advantage of GTSD resources freely available on the Society’s website,

  • A new webinar for GTSD data managers has been posted on the Data Manager Education page. The webinar provides an overview of the changes and clarifications for version 2.41 of the GTSD, as well as basic abstraction tips and resources for collecting accurate data. 
  • Executive summaries for the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 Harvests have been released. Each executive summary provides a high-level overview of the GTSD for that particular harvest period, including volume data and unadjusted operative mortality for select procedures.

Clarification for Atrial Arrhythmias Field
Please note that the intent of Seq. 3560 (Atrial Arrhythmia Requiring Treatment) is to capture only new-onset atrial arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation/flutter or other atrial dysrhythmia) following surgery. This does not include those patients with a preoperative history of atrial arrhythmias.

If you’re feeling stumped on an abstraction question, review the list of frequently asked questions and answers to see if someone else has had the same issue. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.

Check Out New VV ECMO Page on STS Patient Website
A new page relating to veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been added to the Society’s patient website, Using graphics and simple, easy-to-understand language in both English and Spanish, the page explains what ECMO is, how it works, who should receive it, and the associated risks. If you have feedback or questions, contact Jennifer Bagley.

Annual Meeting Begins Soon
The STS 55th Annual Meeting kicks off in less than 2 weeks, January 27-29 in San Diego! The Abstract Book, containing full text for all scientific abstracts to be presented at the meeting, recently was released. Of particular note are the Richard E. Clark Memorial Papers, which feature research utilizing data from the STS National Database. Additional sessions of interest to Database participants and data managers include “The Multidisciplinary Team: How We Do It,” “Research Using the STS National Database,” and “Quality Improvement in Cardiothoracic Surgery.” Registration for the meeting is still available online or onsite in San Diego beginning Friday, January 25.

Access 2018 AQO Online
Experience the exceptional content that was delivered during the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting from the convenience of your home or office. AQO Online, available as a full compilation or by STS National Database component, includes unlimited, on-demand viewing and—new this year—the ability to earn CE or CEU credit. It also includes the option to download slides from the meeting. Purchase the complete set or just the GTSD sessions today. AQO attendees have free access to the sessions for which they were registered.

Save the date: The 2019 AQO Meeting is scheduled for October 23-25 in New Orleans! Abstracts will be accepted this spring. Data managers and STS National Database participants are encouraged to begin thinking about quality improvement projects that may be completed over the next few months and submitted as abstracts.

For more information on AQO Online or the 2019 AQO Meeting, contact Emily Conrad.