Organized neurosurgery believes that prospective, systematic tracking of practice
patterns and patient outcomes will allow surgeons from multiple specialties to improve
the quality, efficiency and ultimately, the value of care. In support of this mission, the
AANS, in cooperation with a broad coalition of other neurosurgical societies including the
CNS, SNS and ABNS, created the NPA, a not-for-profit corporation, in 2008.
NPA coordinates a variety of national projects involving the acquisition, analysis and
reporting of clinical data from surgical practice. NPA is designed to meet the quality
care and health care research needs of individual surgeons and surgical practices,
national organizations, health care plans, biomedical industry and government
agencies. NPA is devoted to gathering, analyzing and publishing data on the science of
surgical practice, which is the habitual and systematic collection, analysis and feedback
of data, inseparable from practice, via its audited registries. NPA’s QOD is the largest
spine registry in the U.S.
NPA’s Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the CNS, SNS, ABNS, AANS/
CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the JNSPG and the
NREF. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the NPA.