Spring 2012 Issue

A Pioneering Effort To Improve Neurosurgical Care
National Outcomes Database Created To Track Quality Of Care

Our practice is once again advancing neurosurgical care on a local and national level. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has helped create the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), a national registry that will track the quality of surgical care for the most common neurosurgical procedures. Practice neurosurgeon Tony Asher, MD, FACS, is the National Director of the program. Mary Cloninger, CMPE, Executive Director of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, serves as Co-Chair of the N2QOD business committee.

The Goals Of The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD):
  1. Establish risk-adjusted national benchmarks for both the cost and quality of common neurosurgical procedures.
  2. Allow practice groups and hospitals to analyze their individual morbidity and clinical outcomes in real time.
  3. Generate both quality and efficiency data to support claims made to public and private payers.
  4. Demonstrate the comparative effectiveness of neurosurgical procedures.
  5. Facilitate essential multi-center trials and other cooperative clinical studies.

Dr. Asher is also Vice President of the NeuroPoint Alliance, an independent, nonprofit entity formed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgery, and Society of Neurological Surgeons. The NeuroPoint Alliance designed N2QOD over the past three years and will administer the program, providing neurosurgeons with an Internet-based data management platform for collecting, evaluating and improving upon neurosurgical outcomes.
Tony Asher, MD, FACS

"The N2QOD, and related patient-centered research projects, will revolutionize the care of our patients by integrating systematic quality improvement into the fabric of daily neurosurgical practice," said Dr. Asher.

The N2QOD will allow any neurosurgeon in America to access and contribute to national aggregate quality and outcomes data. This project will track quality of surgical care for neurosurgical procedures, as well as provide practice groups and hospitals with an immediate infrastructure for analyzing and reporting the quality of their neurosurgical care.

In this initial year of the N2QOD project, data will be collected on only the most common lumbar spine procedures and diagnoses. In year two and beyond, the program will expand to include all major conditions treated by neurosurgeons, including cervical spine disease, brain tumors, and cerebrovascular pathology.

"Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates maintains a sense of responsibility to create a sustainable medical system and improve the quality, safety and value of surgical care," said Dr. Asher. "In that regard, we are committed to the success of the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), which has become one of the national priorities of organized neurosurgery."

To learn more, go to www.Neuropoint.org.
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