ASHA Launches New, Improved NOMS to Aid Functional Outcomes Reporting As of July 1, providers are required to report outcomes data on all Medicare Part B beneficiaries receiving speech-language services. To help speech-language pathologists navigate Medicare’s mandate for functional outcomes reporting, in July ASHA will launch a new and improved National Outcomes Measurement System data collection and reporting tool. The ... ASHA News
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ASHA Launches New, Improved NOMS to Aid Functional Outcomes Reporting
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2013
ASHA Launches New, Improved NOMS to Aid Functional Outcomes Reporting
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, 56. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18072013.56
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, 56. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18072013.56
As of July 1, providers are required to report outcomes data on all Medicare Part B beneficiaries receiving speech-language services. To help speech-language pathologists navigate Medicare’s mandate for functional outcomes reporting, in July ASHA will launch a new and improved National Outcomes Measurement System data collection and reporting tool.
The new Web-based system makes it much easier to report outcomes using Medicare “G-codes” and severity modifiers on claims forms. Enhancements to the NOMS tool include:
  • G-code converter. The new NOMS tool automatically generates appropriate G-codes and severity modifiers, based on the Functional Communication Measure score the SLP enters into the NOMS system.

  • Goal-setting feature. SLPs will have access to real-time national benchmarking data from patients with similar characteristics—for example, severity level and treatment setting. This new feature provides SLPs with valuable information about expected outcomes and patient progress to assist with goal setting.

  • Flexible data reporting. An optional interim reporting form will allow NOMS participants to collect data at Medicare-specified intervals, and not just on admission and discharge.

The new site also streamlines the collection of NOMS data elements and improves the website’s performance. Additional user-friendly enhancements to NOMS include:
  • Clinician dashboard. By logging into the dashboard, clinicians can add a new patient record easily, or search for existing records.

  • Easy access. Users can print and store completed patient forms for internal documentation.

  • Simplified data collection. The system has simpler forms to report patient functional status, demographics and intervention characteristics such as treatment setting, funding, speech-language diagnosis and frequency/intensity of speech-language services.

  • Removal of protected health information. All NOMS data elements will be de-identified in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule. Health care facilities or systems will no longer be required to enter into HIPAA business associates agreements with ASHA prior to data submission.

  • Streamlined data reports. NOMS participants will have immediate access to streamlined data reports benchmarking their facility’s outcomes to national and system data, if applicable. These reports showcase the value of speech-language pathology services and can assist with establishing preferred practice patterns, quality improvement planning and reimbursement negotiations. ASHA uses the national data to advocate to Medicare and other third-party payers about payment for speech-language services.

  • Built-in help features. Users can access definitions and instructions for data submission quickly.

  • Mobile-ready. The site includes capabilities for tablet devices.

  • NOMS integration. ASHA will enter into additional collaborative agreements with NOMS participants to build/embed the data-collection tool into a health care organization’s electronic medical records. This time-saving feature eliminates duplicated efforts and allows data to be exported from the electronic system and imported into ASHA’s national registry.

To register your organization for data collection, find out more about the benefits of NOMS, or find answers to frequently asked questions about how NOMS is tied to Medicare’s claims-based outcomes reporting requirement or other Medicare mandates, visit on.asha.org/ashanoms or contact Tobi Frymark, associate director of ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders, at tfrymark@asha.org.
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