August 19, 2014
The Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that drug and medical devices manufacturers report annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all payments and other transfers of value made to physicians. Due to various problems and inaccuracies associated with the reporting system, the CMS has recently confirmed that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of the submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals. Despite the issues, CMS intends to keep to its plan to make the website accessible to the general public beginning Sept. 30, 2014 and has extended the review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to Sept. 8, 2014.
August 13, 2014
On Tuesday, August 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting a Grand Round webcast on the topic of strategies associated with the detection, prevention, and management of infertility. This session will address clinical approaches to improving the safety and efficacy of infertility treatments in an effort to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes.
August 05, 2014
Fertility and Sterility, the flagship journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, today announced its latest impact measures. The Eigenfactor index increased to 0.05607, with an ArticleInfluence score of 1,068, making Fertility and Sterility the top rated journal, by Eigenfactor, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Fertility and Sterility’s JCR impact factor also increased to 4.295.
July 18, 2014
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.
July 09, 2014
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health has issued announcements for two new funding opportunities involving research on the long-term outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies.These funding opportunity announcements (FOA) encourage the extramural scientific community to submit applications to study potential long-term health and developmental outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Non-IVF Fertility Treatments (NIFT).
July 01, 2014
ASRM has issued the following press statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell cases. In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The law dictates that an individual's religious expression shouldn't be "substantially burdened" by a law unless there is a "compelling government interest."
June 12, 2014
Robert M. Wah, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and ASRM’s first alternate delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, was sworn in as AMA president last night in Chicago.
May 30, 2014
Women veterans in the United States are at high risk of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes and especially during their military service. Exposure to sexual assault increases the likelihood that they will delay, forego, or terminate a pregnancy and may increase their risk of infertility.
May 14, 2014
ASRM2014, the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, is on path to be one of the largest and most successful meetings ever. The abstract submission deadline passed last week, and it can now be revealed that investigators around the world submitted nearly 2000 abstracts, the largest number ever for an ASRM meeting.
May 08, 2014
A new study demonstrates that, for couples of older reproductive age with unexplained infertility, immediate IVF is the most efficient treatment, resulting in fewer treatment cycles and a higher live birth rate.