2013 AANS Annual Report - page 24

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2013
AANS ANNUAL REPORT
The registry is now a year old. N
2
QOD formally launched its Lumbar Spine Module on February 22, 2012, in three
academic sites. By fiscal-year end, N
2
QOD had more than 5,000 patients enrolled and by July had more than
1,000,000 independent variables collected across 2
9
At the end of fiscal year 2013, there were
on from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’
P) that N
2
QOD program activities do not constitute as human
2
ing with waiver of written informed consent for obtaining
2
d to greatly expand the number of participating sites over
2
FAANS. “The N
2
QOD Lumbar Spine Module is now the largest
nificant scalability, the longitudinal structure of N
2
QOD allows
ent effects. Inclusion of validated patient-reported outcomes
instruments enables the collection and analysis of essential
efficacy data not available in the traditional medical record.
The collection of numerous patient characteristics allows for
accurate and valid risk-adjusted outcomes.”
2
ine Module presented its preliminary
data on April 30, 2013, at the AANS Annual S
g
in New Orleans. Click on the image to the left to view the
presentation, titled “National Neurosurgery Quality and
Outcomes Database at One Year: Preliminary Data and
Progress Report,” which also is available on the
.
A detailed methodological description of the N
2
QO
and justification for the scientific structure of the database as a
clinical registry are described as separate papers in the January
2013 issue of Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group’s
Neurosurgical Focus
, which is dedicated to the
A detailed Q&A abou
t
focused on N
2
QOD, also was published in
Becker’s Spine Review
.
The N
2
QOD Cervical Spine Module was launched on March 1, 2013. The Cervical Module was activated in 23
clinical sites in fiscal year 2013. Other N
2
QOD modules in development include Brain Tumor and Cerebrovascular.
In June 2013, the N
2
QOD became an official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2013 Physician
Quality Reporting System (PQRS) approved registry vendor. The N
2
QOD reports quality data to CMS on behalf of
participating physicians through the Perioperative Care Measures Group. PQRS became available to participating
N
2
QOD sites beginning in August 2013.
“The NPA is committed to developing data collection products and services that are needed by neurosurgeons
and other specialists, neurosurgical and other professional organizations and our industry partners,” noted Dr.
Harbaugh. “Our products will be relevant to the broad spectrum of neurosurgical procedures, data reporting
requirements and practice types. NPA looks forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to promote a
coordinated, national effort to define and develop patient-oriented outcomes, measures and data collection tools
to improve the quality, safety, and value of neurosur
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