About the NPA


The NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) is a 501(c)(6) affiliate nonprofit organization of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The NPA was established in 2008 to improve the quality of neurosurgical care through the acquisition, analysis and reporting of clinical data via registries and related studies.

Goals & Objectives

The NPA is designed to meet the quality improvement and research needs of physicians and allied health care professionals, health care plans, the biomedical industry and government agencies. To accomplish this, the NPA spearheads and manages various clinical data registries and studies. Clinical data registries are valuable tools to support evidence development, performance assessment, comparative effectiveness studies and adoption of new treatments into routine clinical practice.

The NPA’s primary objectives include:

  • Support national quality research efforts, including comparative effectiveness
  • Fulfill public reporting requirements for programs, such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Satisfy practice data collection requirements for ABNS primary certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
  • Provide robust data, such as the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), formerly known as the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), for structured quality improvement studies

The NPA is supported by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) and the AANS/CNS Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves.

NeuroPoint Alliance Leadership

The NPA’s volunteer Board of Directors includes representatives from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS), the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS), the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG) and the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the NPA and is committed to advancing the quality of patient care through the acquisition, reporting and analysis of clinical data. The NPA Board of Directors meets quarterly, with an in-person meeting held in the fall.