ASHA and participating speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have used the data collected through the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) to illustrate the value of speech-language pathology services for many years. Now audiologists can measure outcomes and illustrate the value of their services through the new Audiology Registry. Audiologists can register their organization as a data collection site and submit their patient information to the registry, including the patient’s audiological status measured with speech perception measures and patient-reported outcomes. In exchange for participation, audiologists and their organizations have access to customizable outcome reports that benchmark their data against the national data. ASHA and participating audiologists can now use these data to improve the quality of their services, demonstrate the value of audiological intervention, and advocate for the profession.
ASHA has released a new version of NOMS that includes new features and enhancements, many requested by users, to make data collection quicker and easier and to give users the ability to generate even more powerful data reports. The new SLP Registry includes all patients ages three (3) and older. We’ve added optional patient-reported outcomes (PROs), optional treatment targets, and optional treatment satisfaction questions. The updated Functional Communication Measures (FCMs) are easier to score and provide more detailed information to give clinicians a more complete understanding of their outcomes. The new reporting query tool gives users the ability to run customized and comprehensive analyses of their data benchmarked against the national data and organization data, if applicable.
In addition to the updates that we’ve made to the web-based tool, we’ve also improved our options for electronic data transmission. The updated CSV and JSON file formats are more streamlined to make integration easier, and there is now an option for secure FTP file upload. We’re also developing SMART on FHIR applications that will make electronic data transmission easier for Epic and Cerner customers with FHIR-enabled software. View our frequently asked questions page related to electronic data submission for more information.
Watch this video to preview the web-based data collection process for the new SLP Healthcare registry. The video highlights a few of the enhancements and additions in the new version of NOMS, including the new Functional Communication Measures (FCMs). Please email NOMS@asha.org with any questions.
Under the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), payment for skilled nursing and home health patients with speech-language pathology needs are driven by the patient's clinical characteristics rather than the number of therapy minutes provided. ASHA is using NOMS data to track changes in patient outcomes pre- and post-implementation of these new payment models and is working closely with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to monitor the delivery of speech-language pathology services to address any changes in patient outcomes.