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

July/August 2018

Version 2.41 Now in Effect
As of July 1, the GTSD is operating under version 2.41 of the data specifications. Major changes include new sections added for the detailed collection of thymus/mediastinal masses, tracheal resections, and hiatal hernias/gastroesophageal reflux disease. In addition, all lung and esophageal cancer resection cases are now required to be collected and will be analyzed. The data collection forms, training manual, data specifications, and software specifications are available on the GTSD Data Collection Resources webpage.

Get Help with v2.41 Upgrade at AQO Meeting – Register Today
Registration and housing are now open for the 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting, September 26-28 in Los Angeles. In addition to sessions highlighting various aspects of data collection and entry for lung and esophageal cancers, thymus, and gastroesophageal reflux, an important focus of this year’s meeting will be the version 2.41 specification upgrade. The meeting schedule also has been modified so that the GTSD and Congenital Heart Surgery Database tracks will be held on different days—giving you an opportunity to attend both. 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.

During the meeting, you can show off your knowledge by participating in a Jeopardy competition! STS is looking for both new and experienced data managers to participate in this interactive session about abstraction and coding of lung and esophageal cancer cases. To volunteer, contact Emily Conrad.

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. GTSD topics that will be discussed during the meeting include lung resection, esophagectomy, thymus/mediastinal mass, tracheal resection, and hiatal hernia/gastroesophageal reflux disease. Submit a question or case scenario by Monday, August 13.

Review New FAQs on Suspicious Cases, Marijuana Use, Biopsies
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 GTSD-related questions address suspicious lung cancer cases, patient marijuana use, and how to code a biopsy performed during an endobronchial ultrasound. 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) 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.