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New Report Recommends Policy and Practice Changes in Fertility Treatment for Fewer Multiple Births

ASRM Bulletins April 16, 2014

In a new study commissioned by The March of Dimes Foundation and published in Fertility and Sterility, researchers from The Hastings Center and Yale Fertility Center examined the practical circumstances of infertility treatment in the US that influence patients and their doctors to make treatment choices that too frequently result in multiple births.

ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Host Congressional Briefing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2014

At a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday, more than 100 hill staffers and other interested individuals heard from the leaders of ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes about the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the use of toxic chemicals in commerce. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform the Act which was passed in 1976.

ASRM Joins Official Relations as a NGO with the World Health Organization

ASRM Bulletins April 03, 2014

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced today that it had joined into official relations as a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) with the World Health Organization beginning in 2014. The WHO Executive Board voted to approve ASRM's application earlier in the year.

One-Year Doc Payment Fix Signed Into Law

ASRM Bulletins April 03, 2014

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law a one-year payment patch for Medicare physicians, avoiding a 24 percent cut that was scheduled to take place.

CDC's Latest Assisted Reproductive Technology National Summary Report and National Surveillance System Data Available

ASRM Bulletins March 31, 2014

CDC has recently published its 2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) National Summary Report.   This report uses pooled data from the National ART Surveillance System (NASS) to provide an in-depth picture of the type, number, and outcomes of ART cycles performed in the United States.     

Medical Specialists Speak on Hobby Lobby Case

ASRM Bulletins March 31, 2014

we are pleased to join with our colleagues throughout medicine to support the inclusion of contraception as an essential health benefit.  We are a proud signatory to an amicus curia brief laying out the vital medical issues at stake.          

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: ASRM's Practice Committee Issues New Report on Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

ASRM Bulletins March 19, 2014

Endometriosis - a condition in which the tissue lining the uterus develops outside of the uterine cavity in abnormal locations such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and abdominal cavity- is one of the most common gynecologic disorders and is found in 70% to 90% of female patients with pelvic pain. The evaluation and treatment of endometriosis are considered difficult because there is no standard method to measure pain; the mechanisms by which endometriosis causes pain are not completely understood; comparisons of the success of medical versus surgical treatments or placebo are difficult; endometriosis and associated pain may involve nearby organ systems beyond the reproductive tract; and pain attributed to endometriosis may have a true origin elsewhere.

FDA Committee Meets to Discuss Oocyte Modification

ASRM Bulletins February 26, 2014

FDA's Cellular, Tissues and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee met yesterday and is continuing today to discuss oocyte modification in assisted reproduction for the prevention of transmission of mitochondrial disease or treatment of infertility.

SART Releases New Annual Report on In Vitro Fertilization Procedures

ASRM Bulletins February 17, 2014

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has released its 2012 report on assisted reproductive technologies in the United States. SART’s 379 member clinics performed 165,172 cycles, or procedures involving IVF, in 2012.  These procedures resulted in the birth of 61,740 babies, an increase of more than 2000 infants from 2011. There were an estimated 3.9 million babies born in the US in 2012, thus IVF babies now constitute over 1.5% of all births. This is the largest number of cycles, of babies and percentage of babies born through IVF ever reported.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to Host Event on the Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on State Infertility Mandates

ASRM Bulletins February 06, 2014

Please join RESOLVE and Avalere Health, a Washington, D.C. based company focused on healthcare business strategy and public policy, for a free event that will provide a comprehensive analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on state insurance mandates for infertility.  Special emphasis will be given to key strategies the community should follow to ensure that the state mandates remain in place.


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