American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

NOMS Data Collection for Health Care Settings

Why Collect Outcomes Data?

At this time of shrinking health care dollars, our profession, like many others, has been faced with the need to demonstrate the effectiveness of the services we provide and to justify our position within the health care arena. We recently have been challenged by payers, legislators, administrators and consumers to prove the value and benefits of the services we provide. The most effective and powerful way to meet these challenges and answer critical questions related to treatment outcomes is through the use of aggregated local and national outcomes data. These data are an invaluable tool for clinicians and administrators in demonstrating the importance of speech-language pathology services. It is also useful in caseload planning and management, as well as with meeting state and federal guidelines. As our national database continues to grow, the data can be used to address a variety of areas related to speech-language pathology service provision, such as: 

  • On average, how many sessions are needed to treat an adult with aphasia or dysarthria, or to treat a child with a language impairment?
  • On average, how much gain will a patient demonstrate during a given time period within a specific treatment setting?
  • For an adult or child with dysphagia, how long will it take to get from a non-functional skill level (all nutrition and hydration by non-oral means) to a functional level (nutrition and hydration by mouth)?
  • Will the patient become more functional/independent as a result of SLP services?

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