May 18, 2010 Features

NOMS Approved as Quality Measure Registry

ASHA System Can Receive SLPs' Data

On April 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) has been approved to serve as a registry for the reporting of speech-language pathology quality measures under Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). NOMS is the first such registry to receive approval for those measures.

NOMS is a data collection system developed to document the effects of speech-language pathology services provided to adults and children with communication and swallowing disorders.

Under PQRI, private practice speech-language pathologists who provide services to adult stroke patients covered under Medicare Part B are eligible to receive a 2% incentive payment for reporting on any or all of eight PQRI speech-language pathology quality measures. The eight measures can be reported only through an approved third-party registry. (CMS has also approved three audiology measures under PQRI; see The ASHA Leader, Jan. 19, 2010.)

SLPs who use NOMS to report their quality measures also will receive extensive reports summarizing their data on the PQRI and other measures, as well as benchmarking data for comparisons with similar providers.   

For more information on NOMS, including how to register, go to the ASHA's NOMS Web site or contact Tobi Frymark, associate director of ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders, at 301-296-8736 or


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