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CCG is proud to announce NEBA instrument as a part of ADHD assessments

Dr. Kraska is currently offering the NEBA instrument as a component of his comprehensive ADHD assessments. Below is some brief information about NEBA and why it may be a good option to include in your child/adolescent’s ADHD assessment.

What is NEBA?
NEBA is the first of a new kind of medical device approved by the FDA that uses brainwaves (EEG) to help clinicians more accurately diagnose ADHD in children and adolescents (ages 6 – 17.99 years). FDA created an entirely new category of medical device to regulate NEBA. These devices are called Neuropsychiatric Interpretive EEG-based Assessment Aids or NIEAs for short. NEBA is backed by extensive research, which is published on the NebaHealth website.

NEBA uses brainwaves (EEG) along with a clinician’s initial diagnostic impression to improve the accuracy of the ADHD diagnostic process. NEBA measures the electrical activity in the front part of the brain to derive a biomarker. NEBA then combines this information with the clinician’s diagnostic impression. Using this data and a patented method, NEBA categorizes children with ADHD symptoms into three groups:
ADHD – confirmatory support
Support for further testing – focus on ADHD
Support for further testing – focus on ‘other conditions’

The validation study for NEBA (available from FDA’s website) showed that NEBA’s categorization can help clinicians reduce overdiagnosis of ADHD to as low as 3%.

Does insurance cover the cost of NEBA?
Yes. Third party payers do cover NEBA. There are thousands of payers in the United States. Each has its own payment policies. NEBA Health has a database of providers who have covered NEBA in the past. They can also help you check your benefits to see if coverage is likely. Call (888)539-4267 for NEBA Benefit Services.

How long does NEBA take?
NEBA takes about 15 – 20 minutes to administer. That includes setup and clean up times, and data collection. NEBA Reports are processed within about an hour. Dr. Kraska may schedule the NEBA process – initial diagnostic workup and impression, NEBA, clinical integration of results and parent/caregiver meeting — in one or several visits.

To get started and to learn more about NEBA, visit their website (www.nebahealth.com). Please shoot me a reply or email if you have any questions.