ASRM Bulletins

A Special Message from Sean Tipton and Barb Collura

ASRM Bulletins January 31, 2017

No one can have the impact on policy in reproductive medicine more than a skilled hard working group of patients and professionals. You have the power to attest firsthand how policy proposals and legislation will impact you, your health, your quest to have a child, or your ability to help others in those quests.

Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Rule Implementing IVF Benefit for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins January 19, 2017

Today, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs issued the rule implementing the IVF benefit for wounded veterans required by public law 114-223 (previously HR 5325). Importantly, the rule was issued as an Interim Final rule, meaning it has an immediate effective date.

Reproductive Health Practitioners Around the World Continue to Gain Hands-On Experience with the New ASRM Embryo Transfer Simulator

ASRM Bulletins December 07, 2016

Introduced in October 2015 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Annual Scientific Congress, the ASRM Embryo Transfer Simulator (“Simulator”) has been successfully deployed over the last 12 months at embryo transfer simulation workshops and training sessions from Alabama to Helsinki, garnering positive response from the hundreds of physicians and healthcare professionals who have experienced working with the Simulator, most recently in Salt Lake City, UT at the ASRM 2016 Scientific Congress & Expo.

Save the Date: ASRM Advocacy Academy March 8, 9, 10 in Washington DC

ASRM Bulletins November 21, 2016

Find the election results confusing? Wondering what the Trump administration and the 115th Congress mean for reproductive medicine? We do, too. We can be sure of one thing though, there will be plenty of new players in the policy game. At both the federal and state levels, there will be new elected officials and staff who need your input when developing policies of importance to your professional life.

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds Individual’s Constitutional Right Not to Procreate; Finds Frozen Embryos Marital Property of Special Character

ASRM Bulletins November 16, 2016

Yesterday, in McQueen v. Gadberry, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court that, for the purposes of Missouri’s dissolution of marriage statutes, frozen embryos are not children, but marital property of a special character (the Court’s italics), deserving of special respect.

ASRM to be Honored at Resolve's Night of Hope

ASRM Bulletins November 15, 2016

Washington, DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is proud to announce that RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will be awarding ASRM its Barbara Eck Founders Award for the Society’s Access to Care initiative. ASRM’s President, Richard J. Paulson, MD will accept the award at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala on November 15, 2016, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. As the organization that supports and provides a voice for people diagnosed with infertility, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers, and the media who truly impact those struggling to build a family.

VICTORY! – Congress Passes Appropriations Bill that Includes Measure to Allow the VA to Provide IVF Services to Injured Veterans!

ASRM Bulletins September 28, 2016

Both the House and Senate have now finally passed, and sent to President Obama for his expected signature, HR 5325, a bill which funds the government for the start of Fiscal Year 2017.  The bill contains two provisions of particular importance to ASRM members.

FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulations

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2016

In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).

U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins June 23, 2016

At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans.  HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.

ASRM Announces Appointment of New Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sue Gitlin to Join ASRM Staff in the Fall.

ASRM Bulletins May 24, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.

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