Archive for May, 2011

One at a Time, medical professionals united for eSET

May 31, 2011Carole No Comments »

In my last post, I mentioned how one fertility physician was trying to reduce the financial barriers for patients who wanted to only transfer one embryo. He took the financial issue off the table by offering a free follow-up frozen embryo transfer cycle if the elective single embryo transfer (eSET) fresh transfer didn’t result in […]

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Financial incentives for elective single embryo transfer (eSET)

May 25, 2011Carole 15 Comments »

I saw this headline the other day, “Doctor bucking trend by using one IVF embryo”, which talks about how at least one  physician is trying to make elective single embryo transfer (eSET) more appealing to patients. Dr. George Grunert with Fertility Specialists of Houston offers a “second transfer free” if first single embryo transfer doesn’t […]

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Declaring war on infertility, not your partner

May 19, 2011Carole No Comments »

Infertility takes a toll on the individual, but it also takes a toll on couples. It’s the rare couple that gets through this journey without arguments about what to do next, when to start and when to stop infertility treatments. This area is totally outside of my league, but having been the uncomfortable witness to […]

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Egg Donor sues ASRM over price-fixing, raising ethical questions

May 16, 2011Carole 2 Comments »

Third-party reproduction is a legal and ethical minefield. Perhaps the most recent example of the trouble even well-meaning agencies can get into is the class action law suit against ASRM, SART and various named egg donor agencies brought by an egg donor , Lindsay Kamakahi v. American Society For Reproductive Medicine, Society for Assisted Reproductive […]

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The Politics of Affordable IVF

May 13, 2011Carole No Comments »

Two infertility related news items caught my attention today. The first was an ASRM Bulletin sent to all ASRM members to announce that Senator Kristen Gillibrant (D-NY) introduced legislation to  quote, “provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit of 50 percent of qualified infertility treatment expenses incurred during the taxable year. The FAMILY Act would apply […]

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Fast forward past Mother’s Day 2011

May 4, 2011Carole No Comments »

I bought a new vacuum cleaner today. It was a Consumer Report’s “Best Buy” and on-sale plus I had a 15% off coupon and I had some store “cash” , (the bonus faux money from the last purchase that gets you to come back the next time). So I was feeling pretty good about the […]

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Understanding and negotiating your infertility insurance benefit

May 3, 2011Carole 6 Comments »

Did you know that insurance companies are required to explicitly list everything that is NOT a covered benefit, but not everything that is covered? That means that if your insurance doesn’t explicitly list infertility benefits as excluded, you may have some benefits. This gem, among others, can be found on a section about understanding infertility […]

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