NOMS: Is There Anything There for Audiologists? Since its launch in late 1998, ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) has collected data on over 100,000 “patient stays” among speech-language pathology patients, data which have helped to influence Medicare and Medicaid policy, provided ASHA staff and speech-language pathology members with ammunition to fight reimbursement battles, and contributed ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2003
NOMS: Is There Anything There for Audiologists?
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  • Rob Mullen
    National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders, ASHA
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Article   |   October 01, 2003
NOMS: Is There Anything There for Audiologists?
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2003, Vol. 11, 5-6. doi:10.1044/arii11.2.5
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2003, Vol. 11, 5-6. doi:10.1044/arii11.2.5
Since its launch in late 1998, ASHA's National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) has collected data on over 100,000 “patient stays” among speech-language pathology patients, data which have helped to influence Medicare and Medicaid policy, provided ASHA staff and speech-language pathology members with ammunition to fight reimbursement battles, and contributed to the growth of evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology. Unfortunately, NOMS progress in the area of audiology has been almost non-existent.
In the fall, ASHA's National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders (NCTECD is the group that oversees NOMS and all other treatment outcomes work at the National Office) will release the results of a just-completed study on universal newborn hearing screening. This study, conducted at a dozen hospitals across the U.S., looked at the effectiveness of audiologist-managed UNHS programs in achieving timely and accurate identification and referral of newborns with hearing loss. To date, those are the only audiology data that have been collected. NCTECD has, in 1999 and 2000, convened groups of ASHA-member audiologists to discuss the development of NOMS components or other outcomes studies in the areas of hearing aid fitting and cochlear implants, but these discussions failed to develop a consensus as to what outcomes to measure or how to measure them.
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