What is the cost of electrodiagnostic testing?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Adam B Agranoff, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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No discussion of electrodiagnosis would be complete without the consideration of cost. As in most technologic procedures, the cost of the equipment and the necessity for specialty training elevate the cost of performing electrodiagnostic testing. In the 1990s, routine studies cost $700-$1000. Like most other procedures, electrodiagnostic studies have been reduced in cost allowable by health care reform. Medicare allowable rates now limit payments generally to $200-$300, depending on the extensiveness of the study.

The real question, however, is whether the information gathered through electrodiagnosis changes the way the patient is treated. Does the test make the treatment more effective? In many practices, there is no question that it does. By localizing the lesion and determining the degree of injury, the clinician can objectively identify the etiology and focus efforts on the actual anatomic problem.

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