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National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS)

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NOMS Participants Can Now Transmit Data Electronically from their EMR
ASHA is now working with NOMS organizations to build the data collection tool into their electronic documentation system and transmit data to our national database. This new option of reporting requires the execution of a Database License Agreement with ASHA.

ASHA is also working with select vendors to integrate NOMS into their speech-language pathology documentation software to support mutual customers. To find out more about electronic data submission for your organization or learn which vendors have worked with ASHA to build NOMS in their speech-language pathology documentation system, contact Tobi Frymark at [email protected] or view frequently asked questions related to electronic data submission.

ASHA Launches a New and Improved NOMS Data Collection and Reporting Tool
ASHA released a new web-based data collection instrument that makes the reporting of outcomes easier. Enhancements include simplified data collection forms with optional interim reporting, a new goal setting feature with access to real-time national benchmarking data, and a built in G-code converter to assist with Medicare's claims-based reporting (Adult NOMS only).  

The Adult NOMS Functional Communication Measures (FCM) Can Be Used For Medicare Claims-Based Reporting
Speech-language pathologists submitting data to the NOMS registry can also use the NOMS FCMs to assist with Medicare's claims-based reporting. To find out more about how NOMS and its FCMs relate to Medicare's claims-based outcome reporting using G-codes, view frequently asked questions related to NOMS and claims-based outcomes reporting.

National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS)What Is NOMS?

ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) is a voluntary data collection system developed to illustrate the value of speech-language pathology services provided to adults and children with communication and swallowing disorders. SLPs working in healthcare or school settings can register their organization in the NOMS Adult and/or NOMS Pre-Kindergarten Component and become a participating data collection site.

The key to NOMS is the use of ASHA's Functional Communication Measures (FCMs). FCMs are a series of disorder-specific, seven-point rating scales designed to describe the change in an individual's functional communication and/or swallowing ability over time. Based on an individual's treatment plan/IEP, FCMs are chosen and scored by a certified speech-language pathologist on admission and again at discharge from SLP services to depict the amount of change in communication and/or swallowing abilities after speech and language intervention and submitted to ASHA's national registry. In addition to scoring the FCMs, SLPs also provide basic information on patient/client demographics and intervention characteristics (e.g., SLP diagnosis, frequency/intensity of treatment).

In exchange for submitting data to ASHA's national registry, SLPs and their participating facility(s) and/or school(s) have access to their data benchmarked by treatment setting and diagnosis against the national data and system data if applicable. Facilities may also run customized analyses of their data, as well as national data, using our web-based reporting system.

Through the use of NOMS, we are now beginning to demonstrate the value of speech-language pathology services and provide our members the needed tools to address the challenging questions posed by policy makers, third party payers, administrators and consumers alike.

To find out more about the benefits of NOMS, how to collect and submit data, frequently asked questions, and how to register your organization for data collection, see the "Information for Prospective Participants" in the resource box at the top of the page.

NOMS Data Reports and Fact Sheets

The national reports offer an in-depth look and analysis, while the fact sheets provide a snapshot of the data collected in each NOMS component (Adults in Health Care and Pre-Kindergarten).

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