DiaCeph CNS Shunt Monitoring and Consults by Stephen Dolle, Dolle Communications
May 19, 2010
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Individualized DiaCeph Monitoring & Consultations for Hydrocephalus
After a lot of inquiries over the last several years, I now offer individualized DiaCeph monitoring and hydrocephalus consultations. This monitoring is based on my DiaCeph monitoring system, of which I have 13 years of experience. In my 17 years of nuclear medicine imaging work, 10 of those years where I owned my own company, Certified Nuclear Imaging, I worked up approximately 15, 000 patients for a variety of illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and hydrocephalus. I regularly authored procedures in this space, and have provided services to more than 50 facilities. I am also a "medical intuitive." In my nuclear medicine imaging work from 1981 to 1992, I routinely applied "intuitive reads" to my medical work-ups, and my intuitive reads matched the actual clinical test results about 80% of the time. I bring this up as I am comfortable including intuitive reads where applicable, and upon request. In May 2010, I conducted a group drumming event for the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Medicine Center, and this center has been inquiring as to "intuitive" services I might be available to do. As a scientist, I will state that intuitive work has its place in medicine and wellness. Period.
In my neurological and neuroscience efforts since my 1992 onset of hydrocephalus, I have conducted considerable shunt and neuroscience research in cognition and assistive technology, authored related papers, a 1996 FDA petition, guidance papers to FDA, and led and advised in civil proceedings of products liability and insurance bad faith issues. I have counseled others in legal proceedings both pro bono, and as a legal advocate and consultant.
Since 1976, I have rather extensive technical writing in support of medical products, medical applications, and medical procedures. As a result, I am also skilled in human factors engineering and product labeling - an area of great need today.
Typically, shunt monitoring would involve a 3rd party to provide user instruction to a patient or family. Someone would need to instruct/train the physician on how to interpret the results. The insurance company would need to pay the physician to process and interpret the results. The insurance company would also need to pay for the device rental and testing, often an area where 3rd party contractors, consultants, and trainers are involved.
In my individualized shunt monitoring and consultations, I set up the monitoring to address your specific hydrocephalus and shunt issues. Then, I instruct you/your family how to do the monitoring, typically 10 to 14 days. When the monitoring is complete, you return the materials to me, and I plug the data into my computer and generate graphs of your data, then prepare a report of my findings and recommendations for corrective care, revision, and/or shunt pressure setting. Unfortunately, none of this is now covered by insurance.
My consultation from beginning to end takes between 5 and 10 hours. My fees for this monitoring and consultation are billed at $125.00/hour, making the total cost between $625.00 and $1250.00. I can also speak to your doctors. But, I do not have staff privileges at any hospitals.
Many of you reading this web page have undergone revision after revision with poor case management, limited and confusing use of diagnostic procedures, and are experiencing a disabling-level outcome from your care. I am familiar with hundreds of CNS shunts that are in use, and I take the time to understand the differences in each and in how they might match each and every patient.
If you are interested in this Monitoring, print and fill out this Authorization to Release Health Records (PDF file) and Professional Services Agreement (PDF file) and mail them to me, along with a check for $625.00 for the initial 5 hours of my time. Send the above to Stephen Dolle at my home & office. If you have any immediate questions in regards to the above, call me in California at (949) 642-4592.