STS National Database News: GTSD Edition, September/October 2018

September/October 2018

Sign Up for New Database Mentorship Program
The Society has launched an STS National Database mentorship program that will pair experienced data managers with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. After filling out a questionnaire, potential mentors and mentees will be matched based on Database type, experience in specific areas, and other factors. To apply as either a mentor or mentee, please fill out the appropriate form. You will be notified once you have been matched. If you have questions about the program, contact Emily Conrad.

Check Training Manual for v2.41 Updates
The September edition of the GTSD version 2.41 training manual is now available. Important updates include:

  • Page 2: Several case examples that highlight what information should be captured for different scenarios
  • Page 44 (Seq. 950): A clarification to note that if your organization does not include diffusing capacity (DLCO) on its pulmonary function test reports, you can use single-breath carbon monoxide diffusing capacity (Dsb)
  • Page 109 (Seq. 1650): Removal of endobronchial ultrasound

Avoid Payment Cut—Submit Data to CMS through STS
The STS National Database has been designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, and cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the GTSD are eligible to reap the benefits. Surgeons who consent to have STS submit data on their behalf to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on measures in the quality category will avoid an automatic 5% negative payment adjustment in 2020. This service is FREE for STS members; non-members will each be assessed a $500 fee. Even surgeons whose hospitals are already reporting for them may benefit from reporting via the Database, as CMS will count the highest-scoring measures. Submit a consent form by October 31 to participate. A new consent form must be submitted every year. If you have questions about participating in MIPS, contact Derek Steck.

Final Days to Register for AQO Meeting
The 2018 Advances in Quality & Outcomes: A Data Managers Meeting is just 1 week away! There’s still time to register for this important conference, 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, a focus of this year’s meeting will be the GTSD version 2.41 specification upgrade. Register today and reserve your housing at the Loews Hollywood Hotel; registration also will be available onsite.
During the meeting, you can show off your knowledge by participating in a Jeopardy competition! STS is still 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.

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 abstraction and coding for lung and esophageal cancer cases, star ratings for lobectomy, thymus/trachea case studies, and more. Purchase access to just the GTSD 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.

Quick Hits: Surgeon Lists, FAQs

  • Review your list of participating surgeons and submit any necessary changes on the Participant Contact Form no later than November 1. Database participation fees for 2019 will be based partially on the number of active surgeons listed.
  • 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 documentation of preoperative chemotherapy, imaging type, lung cancer histology, and pathologic staging. If you have a question that you’d like answered, fill out the Clinical Question Request Form.