American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

How to Collect NOMS Data

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. All data will be submitted to ASHA via our secured online data collection and reporting tool.

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.

What Can NOMS Participants 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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