The NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) is a 501(c)(6) subsidiary nonprofit organization of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The NPA was established in 2008 to improve the quality of neurosurgical care through the acquisition, analysis and reporting of clinical data via registries and related studies.
Goals & Objectives
The NPA is designed to meet the quality improvement and research needs of physicians and allied health care professionals, health care plans, the biomedical industry and government agencies. To accomplish this, NPA spearheads and manages various clinical data registries and studies. Clinical data registries are valuable tools to support evidence development, performance assessment, comparative effectiveness studies and adoption of new treatments into routine clinical practice.
NPA’s primary objectives include:
- Support national quality research efforts, including comparative effectiveness
- Satisfy public reporting requirements for programs, such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Satisfy practice data collection requirements for ABNS primary certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
- Provide robust data, such as the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), formerly known as the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), for structured quality improvement studies
The NeuroPoint Alliance is supported by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and the AANS/CNS Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves.