Federally mandated IVF outcome reporting, an example of how not to do it

Lecture Type: Grandrounds

Federally mandated IVF outcome reporting, an example of how not to do it

Vitaly A Kushnir, MD FACOG

Born in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kushnir emigrated as a child to the U.S., where the family settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. After college he pursued medical school at the New York Program of Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. After graduation, he returned to the U.S. for a residency in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, where he was a recipient of Resident Research Award. After a 3-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Kushnir joined CHR in July 2012.

Dr. Kushnir is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Gynecologic Investigation and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he served as Junior Fellow Chair in its New Jersey Section between 2006 and 2008. Dr. Kushnir has been a recipient of numerous research awards, including the Excellence in Research by a Fellow, awarded by Emory University in 2012 for his research in the role of mitochondria in female reproductive aging.

Dr. Kushnir has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, with a keen focus on ovarian physiology and aging. In addition to presenting at multiple professional society meetings, Dr. Kushnir has also authored many book chapters on topics in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility.


In the second lecture for the annual CHR research update for 2013, Dr. Vitaly A. Kushnir focuses on the federally mandated IVF outcome reporting to Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SART reporting of IVF cycle outcomes has been proposed as a possible template for outcome reporting in other medical areas under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). However, SART reporting, as it is set up, fails in its purpose by allowing a small group of centers to mislead the public about their center’s performance. Dr. Kushnir explains the type of information that is and is not reported and poses questions regarding whether or not public reporting is helpful or hurtful to the public.

VIDEO: Federally mandated IVF outcome reporting, an example of how not to do it

Recorded on: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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