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FDA’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel Will Meet on September 24, 2015 to Discuss the Essure System

ASRM Bulletins July 29, 2015

The OB/Gyn Devices Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee is convening to seek expert scientific and clinical input on the risks and benefits of Bayer HealthCare’s Essure System for permanent female sterilization.

Abortion Politics Shelves Vote on IVF for Vets Bill

ASRM Bulletins July 28, 2015

Legislation (S 469) to extend IVF coverage to veterans with a service-related condition that resulted in the veteran being unable to procreate without the use of the technology was pulled from consideration by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today due to partisan politics having to do with abortion.

NIH Seeks Comment on National Children’s Study Alternative

ASRM Bulletins July 17, 2015

The National Children’s Study (NCS) was authorized by Congress in 2000 to study environmental influences on child health and development. However, in 2014 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to review the NCS and issued a report which outlined concerns regarding the study's design, management, oversight structure, and anticipated cost. As a result, the launch of the Main Study for the NCS was put on hold, and an advisory committee to the Director of NIH was tasked with reviewing the feasibility of continuing the NCS. In late 2014, the advisory committee recommended that, while the overall goals of the NCS should remain a priority for future scientific support, the NCS was not feasible as currently outlined. It was soon announced that the NIH would discontinue the NCS.

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Holds Hearing on IVF Legislation to Benefit Wounded Warriors and Veterans; ASRM Submits Testimony in Support

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2015

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on several bills addressing benefits for veterans, including S. 469, the Women’s Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015. ASRM was invited to comment on the bill and submitted a letter of support.

ASRM and ACOG Join to Provide Comments to IOM on Techniques for the Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases

ASRM Bulletins May 22, 2015

This week, ASRM and ACOG jointly submitted a comment letter to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding the potential usefulness of mitochondrial transfer techniques that can be integrated into assisted reproductive technology. The IOM is examining these therapies and the amount and level of further study that the therapies require before being offered routinely to patients. This week, at its third meeting on the topic, the IOM heard public comments.

ASRM Applauds Introduction of Bill Lifting Ban on IVF for Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2015

Statement attributable to ASRM President Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH “We are thrilled to see the introduction of HR 2257. With introduction of this bill, Chairman Miller has made a vital step towards assuring our country lives up to its obligation to do its best to make our service members whole upon their return.  For far too long, veterans whose service related injuries have left them unable to have children have not been able to access the best treatment available  - In Vitro Fertilization. In fact, federal law currently bans the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing this care. Currently, active duty service members with certain classes of injuries have access to care that includes in vitro fertilization, while those who separate from service and enter the Department of VA health care system do not. This bill would rectify that inequity and address the reproductive health care needs of veterans that arose due to their service.”

The Art of IF (Infertility)

ASRM Bulletins April 30, 2015

Infertility patients and those who care for them may be interested in attending this event taking place at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 3 to 7 pm.  The traveling exhibit incorporates visual art and written expression about infertility, reflecting the diversity of experience of people whose lives it has affected: the newly diagnosed, patients in treatment, families and individuals trying to adopt, parents whose infertility has been resolved, and those who remain childfree.

Jump on Twitter Monday at Lunchtime for a Chat on Infertility- Monday, April 20, 1-2 pm EDT

ASRM Bulletins April 17, 2015

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19 to 25 and ASRM is participating in a Twitter Chat on Infertility. For an hour, representatives from six diverse organizations with expertise in infertility will be tweeting the facts about the condition and answering questions like:  What is infertility?  How is it treated?  How is infertility misunderstood?  How does the infertility affect the lives of patients?

RESOLVE’s Annual Advocacy Day Event is May 14, 2015

ASRM Bulletins April 16, 2015

Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Rebecca Sokol, for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.  RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal After Years of Short Term Fixes

ASRM Bulletins April 15, 2015

The problematic SGR formula that has threatened payment reductions for doctors for many years is at long last set to be repealed. Late last night, the Senate voted to pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.  The Senate bill is identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives in late March. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.  The Senate vote occurred just hours before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect.


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