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Outcome Based Reporting Expected to Garner Support for Insurance Coverage for IVF

Outcome Based Reporting System for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Statistics is Expected to Garner Support for Insurance Coverage of IVF

 

INCIID (the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination) announced that it is in the development stage of launching a new system for reporting in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes.

 

The new system, being developed by INCIID will accurately report all ART (assisted reproductive technology) cases undertaken by participating medical providers and the outcomes of each. The new project is expected to offer a cost-effective way for insurance companies to provide benefits for IVF and other assisted reproductive medical technology based on acceptable clinical outcomes.

 

“We believe that there are safe and effective ways for couples faced with infertility to conceive a child, and it is important for insurance to cover this type of treatment, thereby making it available to the millions of couples who are involuntarily childless,” explained Nancy P. Hemenway, Executive Director of INCIID (www.inciid.org).

 

As recent articles have pointed out (See “The Terrifying Truth about Fertility Drugs”, O Magazine, February 2004) the validity and enforceability of the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) system for reporting ART outcomes is questionable. The results of this government-endorsed reporting system (which is published annually on the CDC’s official web site) are largely self-generated by SART member-programs, with little or no oversight or regulation, making it possible to overstate success rates in some cases. The CDC and SART currently report IVF success rates solely on the basis of age. However many other factors, such as the number of prior IVF failures and the responsiveness of a woman’s ovaries to stimulation with fertility agents, may have a profound influence on outcome. Thus, the door is left open for programs to limit access to the “easier cases” so as to report higher overall IVF success rates.

 

INCIID believes its new system, by providing verifiable and reliable reporting of ART success rates with no room for manipulation will benefit the patient/consumer and encourage medical providers and insurance companies to offer effective treatments at a cost both insurance companies and the consumers can afford.

 

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination is North America’s largest family-building organization. INCIID, a US based nonprofit, provides millions with immediate information and support on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss.

 

 

CONTACT: Nancy P. Hemenway
(703) 379-9178
nancy@inciid.org

 

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