The key to success in spine surgery? Data — 5 things to know about NeuroPoint Alliance

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In 2008, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons developed the NeuroPoint Alliance to improve the quality of neurosurgical care. The database is a central registry for members to track acquisitions, analysis and clinical data reporting.

Here are five things to know about the nonprofit organization:

1. NPA helps members satisfy public reporting requirements for various programs, including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Maintenance of Certification. The organization also offers members data on the Quality Outcomes Database.

2. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, among others, support NPA.

3. In July, NPA welcomed Cincinnati-based Mayfield Brain & Spine to its Quality Outcomes Database Spine program. Currently, more than 100 centers participate in the program, with more than 90,000 patients enrolled in the spine registry.

4. NPA has partnerships with the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition, Council of Medical Specialty Societies and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as the AANS and CNS Washington Committee and Washington Office.

5. After seeing success with a course on its objectives and resources at the AANS annual meeting, April 29 in San Diego, NPA will host another course at the 2019 meeting, April 14 in San Diego. The course will explore the different registries used for patient care, quality improvement, clinical research, education and revenue enhancement.

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