Medicare Coverage For Alzheimer Brain Scans In Question

Jul 30, 2020
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A big study to help Medicare officials decide whether to start covering brain scans to check for Alzheimer’s disease missed its goals for curbing emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

The results announced Thursday call into question whether the costly tests are worth it for a disease that currently has no cure.  The study involved more than 25,000 Medicare recipients with dementia or mild mental impairment.

Marty Seaton

Last week KSMU told a story about a Missouri man who was training for a 100-mile endurance run to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.  Marty Seaton’s father, Mark Seaton of Highlandville, was diagnosed four years ago with early-onset Alzheimer’s.