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How to Collect and Submit NOMS Data to ASHA

Healthcare organizations and/or schools can register to participate in the Adult NOMS Component, the Pre-Kindergarten NOMS Component or both. Once registered, participating clinicians will be asked to collect data on all patients/clients under their plan of care when speech and language services are initiated, and again when they are discontinued.

NOMS data collection is quick, easy, and involves the reporting of information already included in the client's record. This includes information on:

  • Demographics
  • Diagnosis
  • Functional status using the Functional Communication Measures (FCMs), the seven-point rating scales developed by ASHA
  • Treatment setting
  • Service delivery model(s)
  • Amount, frequency, and intensity of services
  • Discharge disposition

Clinicians will not be asked to collect any protected health information (e.g., name, date of birth), administer any specific formal assessments or withhold treatment in any way. NOMS should be considered a supplement to, and not a replacement for, standardized testing. Although formal assessment measures can provide information on improvement of specific skill areas, they do not always reflect how that skill improvement translates into improved performance in work, school, social interactions, or other functional day-to-day activities.

How Data Is Submitted to ASHA

NOMS data can be submitted to ASHA in one of two ways: 1) via our secure online data collection and reporting tool or 2) through an organization's internal documentation system. For option 2, organizations must execute a Database License Agreement with ASHA. Once executed, ASHA works with the participating site to build NOMS into the organization's therapy documentation system and transmit the data electronically to ASHA. To find out more about electronic data submission and/or obtain the Database License Agreement, contact Tobi Frymark at [email protected].

What NOMS Participants Can Expect from ASHA

As a benefit of participating in NOMS, you and your organization will have access to standard and customized data reports through the NOMS online data collection and reporting tool. These reports will profile your patients/clients in areas such as functional outcome levels, amount of treatment time, funding, length of stay and service delivery models, and will include national data for benchmarking purposes. In addition, facilities that are a part of a larger healthcare or school system may join forces for system-wide participation in NOMS and receive system data along with the national data.

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