Long-Term Video-EEG Studies: EMU vs. In-Home

Patient being fitted with an EEG cap

Long-term EEG studies can take days or weeks to schedule and complete, and studies taking place in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) come with increased risk in today’s circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has tightened restrictions in hospitals everywhere. For many patients, (in particular, those who only require scalp EEGs and are not having their antiepileptic […]

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Teleneurology is Helping Rural Hospitals Retain Patients

Telemedicine or telehealth has been described as a path to virtual integrated care and is changing health care delivery in communities across the United States (US). The use of telehealth  in hospitals has grown rapidly from  35% in 2010 to 76% in 2017, connecting  patients to vital health care services with consulting practitioners at a […]

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Home-centered EEG Services in the Time of COVID-19

With patients and potential patients across the country being advised to avoid hospitals and to cancel or delay elective procedures, telemedicine and other remote digital health services are being touted as alternative options. Unfortunately, some specialties are better suited than others for such an approach. And, as a result, some patients may be missing important diagnostic […]

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Resources & Recommendations for Neurodiagnostic Testing During COVID-19

ASET- The Neurodiagnostic Society Recently the American Society for Electrodiagnostic Technologists (ASET) published its recommendations on the appropriate infection control precautions to follow when providing needed diagnostic EEG procedures, assuming the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a link below to the document. ASET has also made available, in pre-publication, […]

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ACNS Resources for Managing Requests for Neurodiagnostic Testing

Recently, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) published a series of resources covering technologist safety, equipment cleaning, physician staffing and how to manage orders and requests for neurodiagnostic testing, including inpatient EEGs, elective monitoring of patients in the EMU and outpatient testing such as routine and ambulatory video-EEG studies. CortiCare has New EEG Solutions to […]

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New EEG Solutions for New Challenges

March 2020 New Challenges The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many clinicians and facilities to reassess priorities and the processes for delivering services.  This is clearly true in the healthcare segments that CortiCare serves, namely the evaluation and monitoring of patients suspected or at risk for seizures or other brain function complications from chronic or acute […]

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Five Benefits of Continuous EEG (cEEG) Monitoring

benefits of ceeg monitoring

Despite demonstrating positive outcomes, continuous EEG monitoring (cEEG) remains underutilized. A December 2018 article in Neurology Today suggests that cEEG is associated with lower in-hospital mortality among critically ill patients but remains underused due to equipment costs and a lack of qualified personnel. Advances in technology and staffing models make cEEG monitoring more accessible.  Here […]

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2020 Long-Term EEG Monitoring CPT Codes – Technical Components

After more than 20 years since the last time long-term EEG procedures were reviewed, the AMA and CMS have assessed and revised the CPT coding for long-term continuous recording EEG procedures.  Through a long-established process of accepting and reviewing comments and holding direct meetings with several groups directly affected by the changes, such as the […]

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2020 Long-Term EEG CPT Codes, RVU and Reimbursement for Physicians

After more than 20 years since the last time long-term EEG procedures were reviewed, the AMA and CMS have assessed and revised the CPT coding for long-term continuous recording EEG procedures.  Through a long-established process of accepting and reviewing comments and holding direct meetings with a number of groups directly affected by the changes, such […]

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