STS National Database News: GTSD Edition, July/August 2019

July/August 2019

Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration for AQO Meeting
Registration and housing are now open for the 2019 Advances in Quality & Outcomes (AQO): A Data Managers Meeting, October 23–25 in New Orleans. The general thoracic sessions will provide guidance on abstracting and coding for lung and esophageal cancers, thymus, hiatal hernia, nodal stations, and post-op events. The GTSD track will be held on Wednesday, with the General Session on Thursday. Register today and reserve your housing at the Marriott New Orleans. Prices increase after Friday, August 23. If you need a personalized justification letter to attend the meeting, fill out this form.

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/thymoma, tracheal resection, and hiatal hernia/gastroesophageal reflux disease. Submit a question or case scenario by Friday, August 16.

Data Harvest Deadline Nears
The Fall 2019 Harvest is under way and closes at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September 20, 2019. This submission includes surgery dates from January 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. Please submit data no later than 1 week before the closing date if you want a Data Quality Report in time to make changes. It is highly recommended for data managers to submit data as frequently as possible rather than waiting until the harvest closing date. See more details in the 2019 harvest schedule

Lung Cancer Information Available for Patients
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information on cardiothoracic diseases and how they are treated using text, videos, graphics, and animations. The Lung Cancer page explains everything from the lung anatomy and types of lung cancer to different treatments available. 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. If you have feedback or questions about the patient website, contact Jennifer Bagley at