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NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) is designed to meet the quality

care and research needs of a broad range of health-care

stakeholders, including individual practitioners, practice

groups, national professional organizations, health-care

plans, the biomedical industry and government agencies,

such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Industry-

sponsored studies can include randomized trials, registries

and post-marketing surveillance of new devices. NPA’s

capabilities include outcomes research; universal data-

reporting requirements for maintenance of certification

(MOC), maintenance of licensure (MOL) and the

physician quality reporting system (PQRS); and local and

national quality improvement efforts.

NPA, partnering with Outcome/Quintiles, serves as the

data collection agency for the ABNS candidate case logs

and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 4 key case

reporting requirements. NPA continues working with the

ABNS regarding refinements to its existing MOC program.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Registry

NPA’s newest project in fiscal year 2015 was the

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Registry. A joint

collaboration between the AANS, the American Society

for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Neurosurgery

Research and Education Foundation (NREF), the SRS

Registry will establish national benchmarks for SRS

treatments that provide clinicians and patients the data

they need to make informed treatment decisions. The

project will gather data from 30 diverse, high-volume

centers, tracking the SRS treatment information of

thousands of patients affected by brain metastases, benign

brain tumors and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

“The AANS and ASTRO SRS registry should help to

refine indications and techniques for radiosurgery. In

the process, it should make radiosurgery safer and more

effective for patients,” said Jason P. Sheehan, MD, PhD,

FAANS, and co-director of the SRS Registry.

Developing a registry of this scope would not have been

possible without the financial support and collaboration

of companies that recognized the value of the registry.

Major sponsorship for the registry has been provided by

Brainlab, who in addition to financial support has also

donated custom software that extracts data from source

documentation and transfers it into the registry’s database,

including image and DICOM RT treatment plan data.

“It is very exciting that after years of planning and

preparation, we are now finally registering patients. I expect

the pace of data collection to snowball over the next six

months as more centers become active, and within a short

time we should have a valuable mass of information about

practice patterns and quality indicators for radiosurgery,”

commented Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH.

In April 2015, the SRS Registry welcomed Elekta as

a registry supporter. Elekta is working with NPA to

customize software for the initiative and will be enrolling

patients in centers in summer of 2015.