2015 ANNUAL REPORT
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.
NEUROPOINT ALLIANCE: ADVANCING PATIENT
CARE THROUGH THE SCIENCE OF PRACTICE