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Loopholes in Federally Mandated IVF Reporting Lead Some Clinics to Artificially Inflate IVF Pregnancy Rates, Center for Human Reproduction Study Reports
Date:6/14/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

A small number of IVF centers manipulate federally mandated reporting of IVF outcomes by artificially inflating their clinics’ IVF pregnancy rates, thus gaining economic advantages over properly reporting centers, a new study reports in Fertility & Sterility, the official medical journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).[1]

Under the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of Congress (FCSRCA) of 1992, IVF centers are required to report IVF cycle outcomes annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many centers report their outcome data to CDC through reports to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), a daughter society of the ASRM, which maintains a voluntary national reporting system in parallel. Both outcome data sets are publicly available, and, despite representations from CDC and SART that comparisons between clinics based on these data can be misleading, patients often rely on these outcome data when selecting IVF centers.

The study, published by investigators from New York’s Center for Human Reproduction, evaluated the integrity of the national reporting system by focusing on how many IVF cycles individual clinics excluded from formal reporting. Using standard statistical methods to define outliers, the study found that only 13 out of 341 clinics (3.7%) represented 50% of all non-reported cycles. These 13 clinics failed to report outcomes for 37.3% of IVF cycles started at their centers. Further analysis demonstrated that a majority of non-reported cycles involved older women, who are expected
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