Clinicians have the option to register their healthcare organization or school for NOMS data collection. Before registering for NOMS, gain the support of your staff and administration. NOMS is a voluntary data collection tool provided at no cost to ASHA members. In exchange for submitting data to us, you and your organization will have access to your data benchmarked against our national data.
If your facility is part of a larger health care organization or school, determine whether you will be registering one facility or two or more facilities. You are not required to register all locations; you may choose to register a few facilities and then add more locations later. Additionally, university clinic programs that would like to participate in data collection may register as a single-facility.
We recommend that whenever possible, a clinician register their organization to participate in data collection. Organizations with multiple participating clinicians tend to build larger databases quicker and the larger the database, the more reflective the outcomes will be of your practice. However, if you are unable to gain the support of your staff or administration, you can register for NOMS as an individual. On the application, enter "[Organization Name] - [Your Name]" as the name of the organization. Enter the organization's address on the application.
If you think your organization may already be registered for NOMS but you do not know who your NOMS subscriber is, contact NOMS@asha.org.
Each organization must identify a subscriber—that is, the liaison for your organization and the person responsible for implementing NOMS at your organization.
To be eligible to serve as the subscriber for your organization, the audiologist or speech-language pathologist (SLP) must be certified by ASHA or the American Board of Audiology (ABA) and meet one of the membership and payment scenarios described in the table below.
|Registry||Certification||ASHA Membership||Registry Fee Required*|
|SLP||ASHA-certified audiologist or SLP||Yes||No|
|Audiology||ASHA-certified audiologist or SLP||Yes||No|
*For more information on the Audiology Subscription Fee, please see the Audiology Subscription page.
The subscriber is responsible for all of the following tasks:
One person from your organization should complete and submit the online application.
If you are registering for the Audiology Registry and ABA-certified audiologists will be participating in data collection for your organization, review the Audiology Subscription page for information about nonmember participation in NOMS.
As part of the application process, you will need to upload a signed copy of the NOMS Agreement [PDF]. By signing the agreement and registering for NOMS, you are committing to a minimum of one year participation in NOMS. However, we hope that you will continue to collect data on an ongoing basis in order to have access to information about trends, clinical practice, and changes in the industry.
Once ASHA approves your application, your subscriber will receive an email with instructions on how to access the web-based NOMS tool. Regardless of your organization’s preferred data collection method, the subscriber will need to log in to NOMS to add your facility/facilities and participant(s) with the appropriate role(s). Participants can be added with the following roles:
|Certification||ASHA Membership||Registry Fee Required*|
Before beginning data collection, we require all clinicians to review the NOMS Clinician User Guide. Clinicians can access the Clinician User Guide for each registry by logging in to NOMS and clicking the "User Guide" link located at the bottom of the left navigation menu.
If your organization will be using the web-based tool to submit data, clinicians will have immediate access to the NOMS system to submit patient data once you’ve added them to your list of users. Please direct them to the NOMS tool to review the NOMS Clinician User Guide and begin data collection. Your organization must begin data collection within 90 days of registration and must submit patient data on at least a monthly basis.
If your organization has elected to transmit data electronically through your internal documentation system, we will reach out to you with the next steps. Your organization can begin electronic data transmission after you’ve completed the integration according to our file specifications and after we’ve tested your system and given you approval to begin.
For more information on NOMS data collection, visit our data collection page.
As a benefit of participating in NOMS, you and your organization have access to customized data reports through the NOMS web-based tool. The SLP reports profile patients in areas such as functional outcomes, amount of treatment time, funding, length of stay, and service delivery models. The Audiology reports allow you to track patient progress on key patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for hearing and tinnitus as well as resolution of vertigo using canalith repositioning maneuvers filtered by pertinent patient characteristics (e.g., age, degree of hearing loss, amplification status). The NOMS reports for both registries include national data for benchmarking purposes. Facilities that are a part of a larger health care or school system may register for NOMS together as a system and will receive organization data along with the national data.
Regardless of how your organization is submitting data to NOMS, the clinicians, subscribers, and subscriber proxies at your organization can log in to the web-based tool to generate outcome reports. Subscribers and subscriber proxies also have the option to download their organization’s data for additional analyses.