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IVF Florida Reproductive Associates Offers IntegraMed's New Enhanced Refund Program for Donor Egg Recipients
Date:9/15/2008

Fixes the Cost of Multi-Cycle Treatment and Provides Comprehensive Refund

If Treatment Fails

MARGATE, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IVF Florida Reproductive Associates announced today they are the exclusive providers in their area of an enhanced refund program for donor egg recipients, a new option offered in the IntegraMed(R) Shared Risk(R) Refund Program. The new package will be offered exclusively by selected members of IntegraMed's network of participating fertility centers.

The cost of medical treatment is just part of the expense of in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs. Typically, almost half of the total expense is due to out-of-pocket expenditures for identifying and screening the egg donor. The new enhanced package from IntegraMed covers a comprehensive list of services in addition to the costs of the standard medical procedures included in the Shared Risk Refund Program. Patients now have the option of including the costs for donor screening, donor compensation, case management and advanced embryology services such as blastocyst culture, assisted hatching, cryopreservation of embryos and embryo storage for the first 6 months.

Patients may elect to enroll in the standard donor egg recipient program, which covers medical treatment for the egg donor and recipient only, or the new enhanced program, and pay a flat rate up front. In both the new program and the standard program, donor egg recipients are eligible for up to three IVF cycles and unlimited frozen embryo transfers (using eggs retrieved during the stimulated cycles performed during program participation) at no additional cost.

As with other Shared Risk Refund Program offerings, if IVF treatment using donor eggs should fail, up to 100% of the fees paid to IntegraMed will be refunded. IntegraMed's refund guarantee makes this new option the most prudent way for patients to spend their money on IVF treatment. They will either take a baby home or get their money back.

"We're offering this new program in response to the needs of our patients who are donor egg recipients," said IVF Florida reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Debbra A. Keegan. "While success rates of treatment with donor eggs are very high, nearly half of all patients will need more than one cycle to be successful. The enhanced Shared Risk Refund Program helps them manage the majority of the costs involved with donor eggs, so they can stay in treatment and get what they want, a baby."

Planning for more than one IVF cycle can help reduce the stress and anxiety of treatment, and increase the opportunity to have a child. The IntegraMed Shared Risk Refund Program now offers an array of options to make IVF treatment manageable, from the basic option for IVF patients to the new enhanced refund program for donor egg recipients.

For more information or to find out if they qualify, patients planning to use donor eggs should call 1-866-YOUR-IVF or 502-271-5999.

About IVF Florida Reproductive Associates

With offices in Wellington, Margate, Palm Beach Gardens, and Pembroke Pines, IVF Florida is the state's largest infertility practice, having treated more than 20,000 patients since its founding. Collectively, IVF Florida's five physicians have over half a century of treating infertility, of which 26 years include academic posts. In addition, the staff boasts the most subspecialty- certified reproductive endocrinologists in Florida. For additional information, visit http://www.ivfflorida.com.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.

IntegraMed America, Inc. is the leading operator of fertility centers and vein care clinics in the United States. The Company supports its provider networks with state-of-the art information systems; marketing and payer contracting; financial planning, reporting and analysis; organizational planning and development; quality assurance initiatives; human resources administration; and purchasing services. IntegraMed also offers consumer treatment-financing programs and operates http://www.integramed.com, a leading fertility portal.

The IntegraMed Fertility network consists of 31 contracted centers in 101 locations across the United States, including 171 physicians and Ph.D. scientists. One of every five IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an IntegraMed fertility practice. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network is the leading provider of vein care services in the US and operates 30 centers in 11 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast. For more information about IntegraMed call 800-458-0044 or email bestpractices@integramed.com.


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