The key to the NOMS Speech-Language Pathology Registry is the use of ASHA's Functional Communication Measures (FCMs). FCMs are a series of disorder-specific rating scales designed to describe the change in an individual's functional communication and/or swallowing ability over time.
Based on an individual's treatment plan/Individualized Education Program (IEP), speech-language pathologists (SLPs) choose FCMs and answer related questions at admission to—and again at—discharge from speech-language pathology services. The difference in the calculated FCM scores depicts the amount of change in communication and/or swallowing abilities after speech and language intervention.
You will be asked to collect data on all on patients ages 3 years and above who are under your plan of care.
NOMS data collection is quick, is easy, and involves the reporting of information already included in the patient's record. This includes information on the following:
You 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 is a supplement to, and not a replacement for, standardized testing. Although formal assessment measures 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.
In exchange for submitting data to us, you and your organization have access to your data benchmarked against our national data. You can run customized analyses of your data, as well as national data, using our web-based reporting tool.
This video provides a preview of the NOMS system and data collection forms used in the speech-language pathology registry.
The need for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or family or patient notification prior to NOMS participation will depend on your organization’s policy, but this has not been necessary for most organizations. We are not asking you to withhold or change treatment intervention in any way, nor are we asking for data that will allow us to identify individual patients (i.e., name, date of birth, etc.). We are asking you to centralize data that are already a part of the speech and language record.