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East Coast Fertility Leads the Way in Saving Healthcare System $1 Billion

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September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Plainview, NY (PRWEB) September 23, 2009 — With all of the negative publicity surrounding the fertility industry in the wake of "octomom" and other sensational news stories, it is no wonder public opinion has turned sour towards the doctors and clinics that perform the services. Society now questions the safety, practicality and costs of aggressive treatments that often result in multiple births. So how do infertile couples pursue a more conservative route to parenthood – one that’s safer for them and their baby, still offers high success rates, yet is affordable? Dr. David Kreiner of East Coast Fertility is using his conscience and his expertise to provide a solution. He is the first in the country to offer an In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) package using Single Embryo Transfers (SET) at one set price to patients.

In a typical IVF cycle, a doctor will transfer two, three and sometimes more embryos back into the uterus, depending on many factors, in order to achieve the highest chance of success. However, this protocol lends itself to a high risk of multiples, making risky pregnancies, long NICU stays, babies with developmental problems and handicaps, and thus extremely high healthcare costs.

With a Single Embryo Transfer, just one embryo is placed back into the woman’s uterus, nearly eliminating the chance of achieving multiples. The remaining embryos are frozen and can be transferred to the woman in future cycles.

While SET is the optimal choice for many women, the current cost structure favors transferring multiple embryos over this method. Because transferring a single embryo has a lower success rate than transferring multiple embryos, a patient may have to undergo several SET cycles before achieving a successful pregnancy. Clinics charge for each additional procedure. The patients are expected to absorb what could add up to $100 million per year in extra costs. Thus, patients and programs are pressured to transfer dangerously high numbers of embryos. The real irony lies in the fact that research has shown that universal adoption of single embryo transfers could save the healthcare system a total of $1 billion in healthcare costs. Yet, the patients who choose SET are expected to foot the bill.

That’s all changing at East Coast Fertility. Their Single Embryo Transfer Program attempts to take the financial incentive out of this push to put "all your eggs in one basket." Dr. Kreiner and his staff are making it cost neutral to transfer only one embryo at a time by offering free cryopreservation, free embryo storage and free embryo transfers until a patient achieves a live birth, all for the cost of a single IVF cycle. ECF absorbs the extra costs in cases where successive transfers are needed. So, the patient can choose the more conservative route without having to worry about the financial implications. Dr. Kreiner believes the benefits to the patient and society are obvious, and he doesn’t feel he is sacrificing the success of his practice. "It is with confidence in our highly successful embryo cryopreservation program that we are able to limit the number of embryos transferred without decreasing the number of births that result from IVF cycles at ECF. We are willing to sacrifice some margin in those cases where patients need successive transfers."

It remains to be seen if other clinics will follow ECF’s lead. Perhaps society should demand that fertility doctors start doing what is best for the patient even if it means having to cut into their profits on occasion. "Hopefully talking about these issues will highlight some of the negative incentives that exist in the world of Reproductive Endocrinology, and bring about change in the industry," says Pamela Madsen, fertility blogger (www.thefertilityadvocate.com) and founder of The American Fertility Association. She continues, "It is refreshing to see Dr. Kreiner as an ethical standout in the fertility world – a patient activist who is not letting greed get in the way of practicing good medicine."

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East Coast Fertility Leads the Way to Fewer Premature Births With a Program That Encourages Single Embryo Transfers

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September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Plainview, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 12, 2009 — With all of the negative publicity surrounding the fertility industry in the wake of "octomom" and other sensational news stories, it is no wonder public opinion has turned sour towards the doctors and clinics that perform the services. Society now questions the safety, practicality and costs of aggressive treatments that often result in multiple births. The topic made front page news in the New York Times yesterday with its article "The Gift of Life and Its Price." So how do infertile couples pursue a more conservative route to parenthood – one that’s safer for them and their baby, still offers high success rates, yet is affordable? Dr. David Kreiner of East Coast Fertility is using his conscience and his expertise to provide a solution. He is the first in the country to offer an In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) package using Single Embryo Transfers (SET) at one set price to patients.

In a typical IVF cycle, a doctor will transfer two, three and sometimes more embryos back into the uterus, depending on many factors, in order to achieve the highest chance of success. However, this protocol lends itself to a high risk of multiples, making risky pregnancies, long NICU stays, babies with developmental problems and handicaps, and thus extremely high healthcare costs.

With a Single Embryo Transfer, just one embryo is placed back into the woman’s uterus, nearly eliminating the chance of achieving multiples. The remaining embryos are frozen and can be transferred to the woman in future cycles.

While SET is the optimal choice for many women, the current cost structure favors transferring multiple embryos over this method. Because transferring a single embryo has a lower success rate than transferring multiple embryos, a patient may have to undergo several SET cycles before achieving a successful pregnancy. Clinics charge for each additional procedure. The patients are expected to absorb what could add up to $100 million per year in extra costs. Thus, patients and programs are pressured to transfer dangerously high numbers of embryos. The real irony lies in the fact that research has shown that universal adoption of single embryo transfers could save the healthcare system a total of $1 billion in healthcare costs. Yet, the patients who choose SET are expected to foot the bill.

That’s all changing at East Coast Fertility. Their Single Embryo Transfer Program attempts to take the financial incentive out of this push to put "all your eggs in one basket." Dr. Kreiner and his staff are making it cost neutral to transfer only one embryo at a time by offering free cryopreservation, free embryo storage and free embryo transfers until a patient achieves a live birth, all for the cost of a single IVF cycle. ECF absorbs the extra costs in cases where successive transfers are needed. So, the patient can choose the more conservative route without having to worry about the financial implications. Dr. Kreiner believes the benefits to the patient and society are obvious, and he doesn’t feel he is sacrificing the success of his practice. "It is with confidence in our highly successful embryo cryopreservation program that we are able to limit the number of embryos transferred without decreasing the number of births that result from IVF cycles at ECF. We are willing to sacrifice some margin in those cases where patients need successive transfers."

It remains to be seen if other clinics will follow ECF’s lead. Perhaps society should demand that fertility doctors start doing what is best for the patient even if it means having to cut into their profits on occasion. "Hopefully talking about these issues will highlight some of the negative incentives that exist in the world of Reproductive Endocrinology, and bring about change in the industry," says Pamela Madsen, fertility blogger (www.thefertilityadvocate.com) and founder of The American Fertility Association. She continues, "It is refreshing to see Dr. Kreiner as an ethical standout in the fertility world – a patient activist who is not letting greed get in the way of practicing good medicine."

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East Coast Fertility Offers Free Seminar on Treating and Financing Infertility

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September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Plainview, NY (PRWEB) September 14, 2009 — East Coast Fertility is offering a free seminar: What You Need to Know Now If You Are Trying to Have a Baby: Innovations in the Treatment and Financing of Infertility. Attend this special night of hope and information and get answers to all of your questions. The seminar is hosted by fertility pioneer Dr. David Kreiner, founder of East Coast Fertility, and Pamela Madsen, founder of The American Fertility Association. They will be discussing topics such as Micro IVF, Single Embryo Transfer, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), and Grant Programs to help finance treatment. There is no charge for attendees, and all are eligible to receive a free fertility consultation with Dr. Kreiner and a discount coupon for some fertility medications. Don’t miss this chance to learn from these renowned fertility experts.

There are two opportunities to attend the event: Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm at the Marriott Long Island Hotel & Conference Center in Uniondale, NY and Monday, September 21st at 6:30pm at Danford’s Inn Marina Conference Center in Port Jefferson, NY. Questions about the seminars can be directed to Lindsay at (516) 939-BABY (2229).

Dr. Kreiner and Ms. Madsen are offering these seminars to highlight Micro IVF as a more successful alternative to IUI and a more economical choice to IVF. Micro-IVF lowers the cost of in vitro treatment by more than half, and Dr. Kreiner believes that its success rate is much higher than the 10% chance of achieving pregnancy through a single IUI treatment. It is also more favorable for patients, as the procedure usually requires less fertility medications to be administered. Join them for this seminar to learn about what options are best for you. For more information on Dr. Kreiner and fertility treatments, visit East Coast Fertility.

ABOUT East Coast Fertility: East Coast Fertility is the premier center for infertility care on Long Island. Conceived by Dr. David Kreiner, a pioneer of IVF, their program utilizes the most recent developments in reproductive technology and has evolved to become a leader for highly successful and personalized infertility and IVF care. The center prides itself on combining the best technology and expertise with compassion for its patients. They offer many convenient locations throughout Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.  

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