Medicare panel says Alzheimer’s brain scans may not help

 

Medicare panel says Alzheimer’s brain scans may not help

Medicare panel says Alzheimer’s brain scans may not help.

Advanced brain scans to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease may be denied coverage by Medicare after a U.S. advisory panel said it isn’t confident the tests will improve the health of people in the program.

The panel voted today at a meeting in Baltimore that it had low to intermediate confidence in improved health outcomes from PET scans meant to show telltale plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.