The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery—Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery, as well as mechanical circulatory support via the Intermacs Database. The Database has grown exponentially over the years, both in terms of participation and stature.
New Data Manager Mentorship Program
STS is now offering a mentorship program for data managers. Experienced data managers will be paired with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. Sign up as either a mentor or mentee.
GTSD v2.41 Takes Effect
Version 2.41 of the GTSD is now in effect, as of July 1. Data collection resources, including the training manual, data specifications, and software specifications, are available.
New Participant Contact Form Available
STS has created a new web-based Participant Contact Form for you to submit important updates. This webform replaces the PDF form that was used previously. Use the form to add or remove contacts (including participating surgeons), change your software vendor, or update your hospital name and NPI number.
Avoid Payment Cut—Submit Data to CMS through STS
Cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the ACSD and GTSD can consent to have STS submit data on their performance on certain quality measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Submit your consent form by October 31. This service is FREE for STS members.
Access AQO Online
AQO Online is available for those who attended the 2017 Advances in Quality & Outcomes meeting or those who purchased access.
The execution of the Participation Agreement and the Appendix I: Business Associate Contract & Data Use Agreement acknowledges that Participants, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Duke Clinical Research Institute agree to comply with all statutes and regulations, under federal and state laws, concerning patient privacy and data security, including but not limited to the privacy regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or "HIPAA."