In this issue, read about a new reporting dashboard for the STS National Database, a joint STS/EACTS cardiac surgery conference in Latin America, tips on building a successful academic career, how surgeons can avoid Medicare payment cuts, and more.
Surgeons and data managers from 25 Adult Cardiac Surgery Database sites participated this spring in a month-long pilot aimed at developing an online reporting dashboard that would offer interactivity and more detailed analyses of data from the national report PDF than participating sites currently receive.
STS is partnering with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) on a new educational program in Latin America that is designed for all members of the cardiac surgical team.
Since the inception of the STS National Database in 1989, it has grown exponentially, both in terms of participation and stature, and has become the gold standard for clinical outcomes registries.
Dr. Paul Levy describes his institution’s approach to increasing value in the care of cardiac surgery patients. By incorporating a team approach to postoperative management, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital has been able to demonstrate remarkable improvement in extubation times.
If we were hard-pressed to identify the one thing that distinguishes The Society of Thoracic Surgeons from all of the other national medical specialty societies, most of us would probably identify the STS National Database, particularly in light of its international recognition and all of the other STS initiatives and activities that are dependent on it.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and awards.
Aspiring academic surgeons, take note: Start building your pile of “stuff.”
Cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database can avoid a Medicare penalty by reporting Quality measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the STS National Database.
By all accounts, the June 12-13 STS Legislative Fly-In was a big win for the Society. Eleven STS members representing all career stages, from medical student to seasoned surgeon, joined the Society’s new Public Director Chris Draft in meetings with lawmakers and legislative aides on Capitol Hill.