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.
New Database Reporting Dashboard to be Unveiled This Fall
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/EACTS to Hold First Educational Meeting in Latin America
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.
President's Column: Remaining Clinically Relevant
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.
Practice Management: Timely Extubation in Cardiac Surgery: A Team Sport?
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.
Executive Director's Column: On an STS Quality Trip
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.
Member News: Summer 2017
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and awards.
Unlock the Pathway to a Successful Academic Career
Aspiring academic surgeons, take note: Start building your pile of “stuff.”
Avoid Payment Cut by Reporting Quality Data through STS National Database
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.
Washington Scene: Members Tackle Physician Reimbursement, Lung Cancer Screening Issues with Lawmakers
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.