Reimbursement for MRI

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Mark Freedman, MD, MSc; Tanuja Chitnis, MD; and Ahmed Obeidat, MD, PhD, discusses the challenges associated with the cost of MRI and other important tools in the monitoring and assessment of MS.

In this segment, experts discuss the feasibility of a study examining the correlation between NFL levels and new gadolinium-enhancing lesions, expressing concerns about the practicality of conducting such a study due to the frequency of MRI scans required.

Mark Freedman, MD, MSc, then raises the issue of insurance coverage for NFL testing. There are potential benefits for insurers, such as cost savings and the non-invasive nature of blood tests compared to MRIs. He emphasizes the cost difference, stating that an MRI can be several thousand dollars, whereas an NFL test costs a few hundred dollars.

The discussion touches upon the potential convenience to patients, reduced time commitment, and the overall cost-effectiveness of NFL testing. Tanuja Chitnis, MD, adds another perspective, suggesting that insurers should consider whether biomarkers, including NFL, improve long-term outcomes in patient care. She highlights the importance of early detection and the potential for NFL to provide prognostic indicators of inflammatory disease activity.

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This program is supported by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Content is independently developed by CMSC.
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