Quality for the physician. Convenience for the patient. A lower EEG test cost for all.
1 in 26
One in 26 people will develop epilepsy, or recurrent seizures, during their lifetime. Due to a shortage of neurologists and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMUs), scheduling an appointment can take weeks, or even months, and may require patients to travel a long distance to receive care.
We provide convenient, in-home video EEG monitoring services throughout the United States. This provides valuable insight into what environmental triggers may be contributing to the episodes the patient is experiencing. Published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated comparable quality and diagnostic efficacy to a test performed in the home when compared to an inpatient EMU and allows for a significantly lower EEG test cost for the payor and patient.
Advantages of Outpatient Home EEG Testing
The study is performed in the regular environment and stress where the episodes in question generally occur.
The study can generally be scheduled and executed much more quickly than inpatient studies. Alliance in most cases has “next day” and “next week” availability, resulting in a much higher level of patient compliance with completion of the testing, and a much faster turnaround of the final report getting to the ordering physician.
The outpatient EEG test cost is generally a fraction of the inpatient EEG cost, as low as 1/6th of the cost for a 72-hour recording.
Patients can stay in the privacy and comfort of their own home, and do not have to travel to stay in an EMU (the distances in some cases may be significant). This results in less time off from work and away from family.
In Recent Studies
The improvements in technology have led to the recent conclusion by the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology that “it is now possible with home video-EEG telemetry to extend the value of (ambulatory EEG) with addition of video, beyond seizure classification (supported by category 1 and 2 studies) to obtain information about non-epileptic diagnoses.”
From Volume to Value
The Affordable Care Act and value-based care initiatives focus on shifting health care from volume to value. In that light, it is essential to capture the right code associated with the correct care to document the efficacy of those procedures which are proven to deliver better outcomes at a lower cost for population health. Alliance performs intermittent monitoring of all in-home video EEG tests to help ensure the integrity of study data in a cost-effective way.
Why Choose Stratus?
When performed as described, for the indicators listed above, home video EEG monitoring is both safe and effective as a diagnostic tool, with a utility equivalent to that of inpatient studies but having the dual benefits of increased patient comfort and lower EEG cost.
It is anticipated that with continuing advances in home VEEG recording technology and web-based technician interfaces, the utility and cost-effectiveness of this procedure will only improve.
To learn more about Stratus and our suite of home EEG testing and video EEG monitoring solutions, or to schedule a demo, please fill out the form below.