The NPA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation created in 2008 to coordinate a variety of national projects involving the acquisition, analysis and reporting of clinical data from neurosurgical practice, using online technologies.
- Support National Quality Research Efforts, including Comparative Effectiveness Research
- Satisfy Public Reporting Requirements for programs such as PQRS
- Satisfy practice data collection requirements for ABNS primary certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
- Quality improvement
- NPA's most significant quality program is the Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), formerly known as the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD)