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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

to have lower pregnancy chances. The 13 clinics reported significantly higher pregnancy rates than all other clinics, and over the 5-year study period between 2005 and 2010 increased their share of the U.S. IVF market by as much as 19%.

“In essence, we found that 13 out of 341 analyzed IVF centers artificially inflated their pregnancy rates and, likely as a consequence, expanded their market share,” explains the study’s lead author, Vitaly A. Kushnir, MD, attending physician and assistant scientist at the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), New York. Dr. Kushnir also serves as consultant to the CDC’s Reproductive Health Division, which publishes the Annual Clinic Reports, mandated by Congress.

“We conceived of this study because Senator Wyden, who was instrumental as Congressman in passage of the FCSRCA, recently suggested this national IVF reporting to CDC as a ‘good example’ for other reporting systems that could be implemented throughout medicine under the Affordable Care Act,” adds Norbert Gleicher, MD, the study’s senior author and Medical Director and Chief Scientist at CHR. Dr. Gleicher continues: “Our results, of course, suggest otherwise.”

[1]Kushnir VA, Vidali A, Barad DH, Gleicher N. The status of public reporting of clinical outcomes in assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril 2013 [Epub ahead of print].

About the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR)
The Center for Human Reproduction (CHR - http://www.centerforhumanreprod.com/), located in New York City, is one of the world’s leading clinical fertility and research centers. Drs. Kushnir and Gleicher are available for further comments.

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