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2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Our specialty has been extremely

well-positioned to provide the

kind of infrastructure support

our members need to succeed

in a very new health-care

environment. All surgical fields

are being confronted with

an absolute requirement to

document the value added by the

procedures they perform. The

stakeholders challenging us for such information include

patients themselves, licensing boards, hospital credentialing

processes, third-party payers and the federal government.

To optimally position our members, the AANS created

NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) in 2008. NPA was created as

a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation designed to allow

neurosurgery to carry out a variety of national projects

that involve the acquisition, analysis and reporting of

clinical data from neurosurgical practice using online

technologies. NPA is designed to meet the quality care and

research needs of individual neurosurgeons and practices,

national organizations, health-care plans, the biomedical

industry and government agencies. This corporation is

run by a board of directors who are appointed from the

AANS, American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS),

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Society of

Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and the AANS/CNS

Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

For the last several years, NPA has been involved with

data collection for the ABNS primary certification and

maintenance of certification processes, as well as numerous

registries for neurosurgical procedures. Collaborations

also exist between NPA and the Vanderbilt Institute

for Medicine and Public Health (VIMPH), Quintiles/

Outcomes and Acesis.

Major Milestones

As of April 2015, NPA has received the final acceptance

required from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Services (CMS) to officially identify the National

Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N

2

QOD)

as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2015.

NPA submitted its application on Jan. 31, 2015, and on

April 3, 2015, obtained final approval on 21 novel, “non-

PQRS” (i.e. not existing Physician Quality Reporting

System (PQRS)) measures developed by leading quality

experts in our specialty. Importantly, these measures are the

first specialty-specific measures for neurosurgery approved

for public reporting and will provide a meaningful method

for neurosurgeons to use in programs such as PQRS. It is

important to note that numerous individuals contributed

NPA CHAIR’S MESSAGE

Embedded in its success is the

collaborative nature of our neurosurgical

organizations speaking with one voice

in support of our patients.