Dr. Virginia Thornley is a Board-Certified Neurologist who owns a solo neurology practice in Sarasota, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Vermont where she served as Chief Resident. After finishing a 2-year Epilepsy and Neurophysiology Fellowship at the University of Rochester, Dr. Thornley practiced neurology for nearly a decade in NYC at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and Harlem Hospital and in private practice.
When COVID was raging in July 2020, Dr. Thornley opened “Elite Neurology” in Sarasota, Florida, a one-neurologist practice. “Agree 100% small practices give more personalized care. Many people around us own businesses, why not us doctors? Doctors have the knowledge and the skill set. All doctors should consider solo practices”, she shared in her Twitter.
“It’s hard, it’s stressful, and it’s mine,”
she added about her solo neurology practice in September, 2020. In 2021, Dr. Thornley’s colleagues selected her as a Top Doctor in Neurology.
Dr. Thornley manages patients with a wide variety of complaints including migraine, dizziness, memory loss, head injury, and movement disorders. However, she has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, her sub-specialty. The Zeto EEG is the core study in Dr. Thornley’s epilepsy practice, mainly consisting of routine 22-minute EEG’s, 72-hour ambulatory EEG’s, and long-term video EEG monitoring. However, getting an EEG program up and running in a solo practice proved to be a struggle. Dr. Thornley faced these challenges:
Because of these challenges, Dr. Thornley searched for a reliable EEG system that would allow her to acquire high-quality accurate EEG studies on her own.
“Zeto is a life-saver. As a micropractice starting out in the middle of the pandemic, it helped me tremendously,” states Dr. Thornley. “Not required to have specialized EEG technicians. I perform my own EEG studies. I can do other administrative work in between studies. It saves the need of having to coordinate schedules with a technician and saves on overhead, which were the selling points for me. I love how easy it is to use. Once you are familiar it is very easy to apply the headset with minimal artifacts.”
“It exactly suited what I was looking for weeks,” Dr. Thornley continued. “It’s the first time I got excited by a piece of medical equipment”.
Within hours of a product demonstration, Dr. Thornley was so impressed by the features and that the system can record up to 6 hours of EEG data, she purchased the Zeto EEG system in fall of 2020.
According to Dr. Thornley, the learning curve to implement Zeto EEG is a bit steep, but once you become familiar with the set-up, it is very simple. “It is perfect for a private practice owner such as myself as I can easily throw it on in minutes which is far less time compared to the conventional electrodes using gel. Taking it off is an easy 1 minute. I quickly change settings with the touch of a button. It uses wi-fi and has a buffer if your internet goes down.”
For Dr. Thornley, the pros far outweigh the cons. “I’m my own technician. I work part-time and I do about 2 to 4 EEG studies a week, or about 12-15 studies a month. Technical assistance is easy when you have questions. It is easy to use and maneuver. I usually read the results immediately after I see patients and share the results in near real-time,” she states.
Dr. Thornley adds, “I am continually impressed by the ease of use and how well [Zeto EEG] fits into my practice. It works seamlessly with my schedule. Patients are impressed by the technology. I strongly recommend this to my colleagues in Neurology looking for excellent EEG equipment that is not only easy to use but easy to incorporate in a busy practice. I look forward to the future technological advances from this forward-thinking, immensely inventive company.”
Dr. V. Thornley’s website: https://virginiathornleymd.com/
She shared her experience with Zeto EEG on her Instagram:
Dr. Virginia Thornley also has her own blog: https://neurologybuzz.com
You can bill the same CPT codes for EEG’s as you do with traditional EEG equipment.
|95812||EEG extended monitoring; 41-60 minutes|
|95813||EEG extended monitoring; 61-119 minutes|
|95816||EEG including recording awake and drowsy; 20-40 minutes|
|95819||EEG including recording awake and asleep; 20-40 minutes|
|95822||EEG recording in coma or sleep only; 20-40 minutes|
Additional codes billable for Zeto are any that cover recordings up to 6 hours, including simultaneous video, for example, 95705, 95711, 95706, 95712, 95707, 95713, 95717, and 95718.
Zeto offers FDA-cleared hardware and software solutions to record clinical-grade EEG data with minimal setup needs, as detailed here.