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PCI 30-Day Follow-up Update

PCI 30-Day Follow-up Update

Massachusetts Department of Public Health approves public reporting of PCI hospital risk-standardized 30-day mortality for fiscal year 2015. Mass-DAC participating PCI programs must collect 30-day follow-up information for all non-Massachusetts residents receiving a PCI on October 1, 2014, or later. Additional details on the new Mass-DAC specifications are available on the Data Manager – Data Submisssions – PCI Data page and in the data submission supplemental demographic file specifications.

Posted September 24, 2014 More
PCI 30-Day Follow-up

PCI 30-Day Follow-up

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will begin transitioning toward the public reporting of hospital risk-standardized 30-day mortality for PCIs during the coming year.  The transition will occur in phases and will require hospitals to collect new variables for 30-day mortality status beginning with procedures occurring October 1, 2014 or later.  Additional details on the new Mass-DAC specifications […]

Posted February 6, 2014 More
Orientation and Training Manual

Orientation and Training Manual

The online data manager orientation and training manual has been updated and is now available as a downloadable PDF file.  The PDF version uses hyperlinks to connect directly to sample documents on the Mass-DAC website and integrates menu highlights to ease navigation to the relevant section web pages.

Posted June 12, 2013 More
Shock or STEMI Definition and Codification

Shock or STEMI Definition and Codification

One of the most common questions we receive from data managers about the PCI cohort is: “How does Mass-DAC codify the definition of shock or STEMI cases using the ACC-NCDR and Mass-DAC registry fields?” The fiscal year 2011 annual PCI hospital risk-standardized mortality rate report defines the shock or STEMI cohort as cases having one […]

Posted April 11, 2013 More
Risk Calculators

Risk Calculators

Mass-DAC provides access to several different individual risk assessment calculators developed using the Mass-DAC Cardiac Study registry data.  The mortality risk calculators predict the risk of mortality following a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) surgery or a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and were developed from the fiscal year report analyses. The PCI target vessel revascularization risk-calculator developed by Dr. Robert Yeh using Mass-DAC registry data predicts the risk of target vessel revascularization in patients undergoing PCI within one year of their procedure.  The expected risk can be calculated based on the use of either drug-eluting or bare metal stents. The PCI 30-day readmission risk calculator was developed using Mass-DAC registry data and is based on the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, July 2013 publication article, “A Prediction Model to Identify Patients at High Risk for 30-Day Readmission After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention”, Table 2, by Jason H. Wasfy, MD, et. al.

Posted March 18, 2013 More
PCI Aortic Stenosis Variable Update

PCI Aortic Stenosis Variable Update

The definition for the Mass-DAC PCI variable Aortic Stenosis Checked (ResTextP1), needed clarification for unknown values. The value 2-Unknown may be used in two situations, if It is unknown if aortic stenosis was checked, or if aortic stenosis is checked but the aortic stenosis is not documented, therefore is unknown.

Posted March 18, 2013 More
Data Manager Orientation and Training

Data Manager Orientation and Training

The data manager orientation and training section introduces new data mangers to Mass-DAC and provides a reference to important policies and procedures required by the Department of Public Health and Mass-DAC. It highlights the critical procedures necessary to complete quarterly Mass-DAC data submission harvests and includes copies of reports forms used throughout the year. All hospitals performing cardiac surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must submit data to the Massachusetts Data Analysis Center (Mass-DAC).

Posted March 16, 2013 More
Data Manager Website Links

Data Manager Website Links

The items in the Data Manager-Websites… menu link to external sites other  data managers have found helpful in completing Mass-DAC tasks.  If you have a recommended site you’d like us to add, call us at 617-432-3287, e-mail us, or use the contact form to the right, providing details on how you use the proposed website in your work. For data submissions and transferring confidential information to Mass-DAC, you must log-in through the Secure Harvard Medical School VPN, https://secure.med.harvard.edu.

Posted March 15, 2013 More
Reporting Timelines

Reporting Timelines

The timeline table highlights the important data submission harvest and adjudication dates for the current and near-term fiscal years. Hospitals must submit their first harvest by the first business day of the month. The records submitted for each quarter are based on the date the cardiac surgery or PCI procedure occurred on.

Posted March 13, 2013 More
PGP: Creating an Encrypted Signed Archive

PGP: Creating an Encrypted Signed Archive

Download the PDF version PGP Zip archives let you put any combination of files and folders into a compressed, portable archive using asymmetric encryption using a public key to encrypt and a private key to decrypt. Mass-DAC requires the use of public keys to encrypt the archive if it contains high risk confidential information, as […]

Posted March 12, 2013 More