Medicare coverage of brain scans for Alzheimer's tentatively OK'd

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made a preliminary decision to allow Medicare to cover brain scans used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease in patients who have symptoms of the disease. Coverage of the scans had previously been rejected because officials argued there was too little evidence that the scans would be useful in diagnosing the disease, but experts asserted that early diagnosis could help patients.

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