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ASRM Endorses The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015

ASRM Bulletins February 11, 2015

ASRM has endorsed The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015 introduced today in the Senate by Sen. Patty Murray. The legislation is a revised version of legislation the Senator has introduced in previous sessions of Congress. ASRM has been actively working to advance this legislation and is pleased to work with the Senator and other congressional supporters on this issue.

New Report on Men’s Reproductive Health from CDC

ASRM Bulletins January 15, 2015

This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new report, Advancing Men’s Reproductive Health in the United States: Current Status and Future Directions.

CDC To Host Public Health Grand Round on Birth Defects Prevention

ASRM Bulletins January 14, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR) on birth defects prevention on January 20th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST. “Understanding the Causes of Major Birth Defects: Steps to Prevention,” will feature an overview of efforts to understand the causes of major birth defects and a discussion of the challenges in birth defects research as well as methods for turning research findings into effective prevention.

ASRM President Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH Visits NYC and DC to Represent the Society

ASRM Bulletins November 20, 2014

ASRM President and California resident Rebecca Sokol braved the East Coast cold this week to represent the society at several important events.

ASRM Plenary Speaker Reports Birth Following Uterine Transplant

ASRM Bulletins November 11, 2014

Professor Mats Brannstrom and colleagues from the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF announced the birth of a healthy baby to a patient following a uterine transplant. The announcement came over the weekend ahead of scheduled publication in the Lancet. Dr. Brannstrom, who published much of the preliminary work on uterine transplant in Fertility and Sterility, will be giving the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Plenary Lecture at the ASRM Annual Meeting in Honolulu on Monday, October 20.

SRBT Offers Advice on Ebola

ASRM Bulletins October 31, 2014

ASRM’s newest affiliate society, the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT), has developed a communication to its members about the Ebola virus.

US Citizen and Immigration Service Changes Policy to Recognize Legal Parent of Children Born Via ART

ASRM Bulletins October 30, 2014

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a new policy clarifying that a non-genetic gestational mother (person who carried and gave birth to the child) who is also the child’s legal mother may be recognized in the same way as genetic legal mothers are treated under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Previously, a genetic relationship with a U.S. citizen parent was required in order for a child born abroad to acquire citizenship at birth through his or her parent.

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Is Releasing a New Opinion

ASRM Bulletins September 03, 2014

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is issuing a new report, “Interests, obligations and rights in gamete donation:  a committee opinion.”  This report updates a prior report which discussed the interests, rights and obligations of gamete donors.  It expands the discussion to include all of the parties who are involved in the process- recipient parents and their children conceived with donated gametes in addition to egg donors, sperm donors, and the clinics in which assisted reproduction using donated gametes takes place.

Administration Issues New Accommodation on Contraception Requirement

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

On Friday, the Administration released a new accommodation for religious employers opposed to covering contraceptive prescriptions as required under the preventive health measures enacted as part of the 2010 health reform law PL 111-148, PL 111-152.

ASRM Urges Members to Record and Investigate Their Individual Records in CMS Open Payments Data System

ASRM Bulletins 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.


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