Congratulations to Dr. Kubik!!
Congratulations to Dr. Kubik, once AGAIN!! She has been honored by Best Doctors Inc., and recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the area’s top docs!! Dr. Kubik has received this honor for many consecutive years.
New Workshops from Calm Waters Healing
People dealing with fertility issues know that stress is their constant companion. Dr. Alice Domar, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Director of Integrative Care at Boston IVF, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, has conducted numerous research studies looking at the relationship between stress and fertility. According to Dr. Domar, “infertile women report equivalent levels of anxiety and depression as (do) women with cancer, HIV status, or heart disease.” Learning to control this anxiety and stress is essential.The Mind/Body Fertility Program at Calm Waters is modeled after Dr. Domar’s program in Boston.
Calm Waters Healing is ready to begin new workshops and programs. Due to popular demand, in addition to their 10 week program, they are offering 1 day intensive workshops and individual one hour sessions. They have also added new locations. Call 412-657-3568 or visit calmwatershealing.com for more info.
RHS Partners With LIVESTRONG
RHS is proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Fertility program partner. We join the nearly 450 fertility centers across 48 states that offer discounted fertility services to cancer survivors. More info here: http://lvstr.ng/OfHmTz
Our RHS Lab Receives Prestigious
Congratulations to the lab for their re-accreditation with The College of American Pathologists! The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management. We appreciate all of the incredible work done in the lab!
RHS Is Awarded AIUM Ultrasound Practice Re-Accreditation
Congratulations to Lisa, Christine, Danya, Karen and the physicians as The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is pleased to announce that RHS has been awarded ultrasound practice re-accreditation in these specialties: Adjunct Competence in 3D (GYN), Gynecologic, and Obstetric-First Trimester. We are committed to providing the best possible patient care in medical ultrasound!
RHS achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.
RHS Named a Center of Nursing Excellence
RHS has been approved by ASRM as a Nursing Center of Excellence. Congratulations again to the nurses for working hard to complete the certification process!!!
RHS Nurses Are Committed to You!!
Congratulations to Debbie and Denise who have joined Nina in achieving ASRM Nurse Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility!! Debbie has also completed the material for Zika Virus Guidance for Reproductive Care. This outstanding accomplishment was a HUGE commitment of their time and energy. We are so proud to have them part of our team at RHS!!
Thank You for Another Fantastic Day at the Zoo!
The weather outside was frightful, but out tent was filled with warmth, love and sunshine beaming from beautiful children’s (and parent’s) faces at our Annual Zoo Party! We truly appreciate you making the trek out in the elements to share your gorgeous children with us. We look forward every year to meeting new faces and seeing how your older children have grown. Here’s hoping for next year to be a sunny 70 degrees!!
RHS has joined Instagram!!
Please follow us @reproductivehealthspecialists. We are excited to meet you on our new social media platform!
Dr. Kubik ONCE AGAIN Named a Pittsburgh Magazine Best Doctor!!
Congratulations to Dr. Kubik on her recognition as a Pittsburgh Top Doc!! She was once again chosen as one of the area’s best and brightest! Link here for the full list.
RHS Is A Welcoming Place
From The Welcoming Project Website: http://www.thewelcomingproject.org/
“The Welcoming Project was created to encourage businesses, health care/service providers, organizations, and churches to show their patrons that all are welcome. Our signs indicate “All Are Welcome” no matter who you are. Although the rainbow flag is the traditional sign for gay rights and straight allies often recognize this as a symbol of acceptance and support, we like to think that the “All Are Welcome” message shows your patrons that you support everyone, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. “This flag says that people who have different opinions can voice them freely. It represents anyone of any beliefs, any religion, any sexuality, any color.””
RHS welcomes patients in the Progyny fertility benefit network. RHS is excited to be the only provider in the area to accept both Progyny and Blue Cross Blue Shield, for those expenses not covered under your Progyny plan. Benefit holders (including Google and Facebook employees!), contact your HR advisor or Progyny team to make an appointment with us!
New Patient Portal and Mobile App!
On December 21, RHS updated our patient portal on eIVF. The overall look, and MOST MPORTANTLY, the password requirements changed. If you attempt to log on and need assistance, do not hesitate to call us. Also, we do have information packets available regarding the new and improved portal. Please ask the front desk or your coordinator if you would like one. You can also LINK HERE to read the packet.
RHS is Honored to Serve Our Wounded Warriors
RHS is pleased to announce our participation in the “Serving Our Veterans” Program. We are the only clinic in western Pennsylvania to do so.
We will discount our IVF services by 50% for our wounded warriors. RHS will follow the eligibility criteria established for active-duty personnel by the Department of Defense. This program is designed to be temporary and will expire when Congress does the right thing and lifts the ban on IVF services through the VA or when the 114th Congress adjourns, whichever comes first.
For more information, read the announcement from ASRM. Contact RHS to make an appointment or discuss the program. RHS offers a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our all of our veterans, past and present.
Our First Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Dr. Kubik and the physicians are the winners of our first annual pumpkin decorating contest. Each department submitted a creative pumpkin entry. No stencils were permitted. Patients voted on Facebook and when they visited the office. The physicians won in a narrow victory over Cookie Monster, ET, a momma pumpkin and her babies and the RHS Celebration Train.
ICD-10 Is Here
On October 1, the United States switched to ICD-10, International Classification of Diseases version 10. This coded list of medical conditions is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. ICD-10 is much more detailed than previous ICD standards, and with it the number of medical billing codes has almost quintupled. We must now use the new codes in filing insurance information, and you’ll see the new codes on forms and invoices.
RHS is hoping for the smoothest transition to these new codes as possible, but there will be growing pains. As always, if you have any billing questions, please call us and ask to a speak to a financial department rep. Meanwhile, look here to see some bizarre new ICD-10 codes.
RHS ~ Celebrating 15 Years of Helping Every Patient to Have A Baby!!
Thank you to our patients for allowing us the privilege of helping you on your journey!!
Thank you for Making Our Annual Zoo Party a Success!
Thank you to all who enjoyed the annual RHS Zoo Celebration with us. It is our joy every year to see you and to watch your children grow. (Photo credit to the “R” family who took this amazing shot of their son and the polar bear!)
Zoo Photos are ready!!! If you attended the zoo celebration and would like the Drop Box link, please send me a private message via our Facebook page . I will verify you are a patient and provide the link. If you did not receive a zoo invite, also PM me and I will ensure you are added.
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Congratulations to Dr. Kubik. She was, once again, named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Doctors List. From Pittsburgh Magazine, “Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. Best Doctors’ team of researchers conducts a biennial poll using the methodology that mimics the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to identify the right specialists for their patients. Using a polling method and balloting software that Gallup® has audited and certified, they gather the insight and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, while confirming their credentials and specific areas of expertise.” According to our patients, “I knew I was in great hands!” and “We absolutely agree, she is one of the best!”
We Have A New Phone Tree
To help expedite your calls, we have a new phone tree at RHS. When you call, you have options to connect to:
- IVF and Third Party Reproduction-Your coordinator would be Annette, Nina or Denise and your cycle would be IVF, Frozen Embryo Transfer, Donor Egg, or use of a Gestational Carrier.
- OI/Ovulation Induction-Your Coordinator would be Nikki or Debbie and your cycle will involve IUI/DIUI (intrauterine insemination or donor intrauterine insemination) or timed intercourse and may include medication OR you are scheduling your evaluation testing.
- To speak to the Receptionist-all other inquiries.
On Friday April 24th, Dr. Kubik will be on the Star morning show’s “15 Questions With…” answering your questions in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week! Do you have family or friends with questions they want answered? Now’s the time.
National Infertility Awareness Week 2015
“You Are Not Alone”
This year National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is observed April 19-25, and the theme is “You Are Not Alone”. RESOLVE (and RHS) believes ”it encourages the infertility community to show others how community and support is important to those living with infertility. By sharing our stories, we not only call attention to the disease of infertility, we inspire more family members, more friends, more medical professionals, and more lawmakers to join the movement.” Link to our blog for ideas on how to use social media to call attention to NIAW and support others on their fertility journey.
RHS is pleased to announce that we are now a participating provider with Cigna Insurance! If you have any questions, please call and ask to speak to a financial counselor, 412-731-8000.
The Comfort Inn Conference Center Offers RHS Patients a Discount
If you are travelling a distance to RHS for treatment and need to stay overnight, the Comfort Inn Conference Center is now offering a discounted rate to RHS patients. Please mention Reproductive Health Specialists when calling the hotel directly to make your reservation. Link here for a list of area hotels.
Tiny Bean Photography offers RHS Patients a Discount
Julie Bradley, owner and photographer of Tiny Bean Photography, is a former patient of RHS. She offers other RHS patients a 10% discount on all newborn photography sessions. Link to Tiny Bean Photography to learn more.
Consider applying for the Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant
The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant is an annual award that provides up to $10,000 to needy, infertile families. These grants assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment or domestic adoption. Applications are due by February 1, 2015 for Spring consideration. Link here for an application.
Pay Your Bill On-Line
We’ve just launched an on-line bill payment option. Our payment portal can be reached from our home page. The button is directly below the patient portal.
More Patient Resources for You!
We’ve added an enormous amount of information for you. Visit our Patient Resources tab for information on weight management, mediations including discounted medication programs, pregnancy tips, learning the lingo and much, much more.
RHS Begins Our Annual Holiday Giving Campaign
RHS has voted to support the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and Toys for Tots in our annual Holiday Giving campaign. For the next 2 weeks we will be collecting gift cards for the shelter. “Because one of Women’s Center & Shelter’s core values is to empower women to make their own choices, we want our clients to have the freedom to shop for their own children. By donating gift cards, you give a woman the opportunity to delight in the experience of purchasing and giving presents to her children.” And we will be collecting Toys for Tots and the Kiss Stuff-a-Bus event. Listen for Christine on the 4th as she drops our gifts. Happy Holidays!
Lots of New Faces Join RHS
RHS is pleased to welcome two new medical assistants, Laurie Kelley and Kelly Vecchiola, and a new clinical coordinator, Antanina (Nina) Perricone. Amanda Wray has also joined us in our administrative department and Hope Demosky has joined the lab. These five ladies bring years of experience to the RHS practice and are welcomed additions to our team.
On Friday, September 19, Dr. Kubik appeared on the Bubba Morning show. She was the guest on “15 Questions with….”. Her appearance was a rousing success. Bubba noted that it was the first time that all of the phone lines were lit up and waiting to speak to the guest before the guest’s introduction. It’s our hope that she will be back to answer more of Pittsburgh’s questions about fertility and reproductive endocrinology.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the RHS Lab, based on a recent on-site inspection. RHS is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
The US federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation program as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding 2 years. CAP inspectors also examine the laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs and record, and overall management.
Congratulations to the lab staff for earning the gold standard in laboratory accreditation!
You served our country’s needs, and now EMD Serono is here to serve yours. If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is suffering from infertility, you may be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program. This program provides free fertility medication to those who are eligible.
To be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program, you must:
- * Be a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is:
- * Infertile due to a service-related injury
- * Not privately insured for infertility medications
- * Medically retired
Veterans who don’t qualify and don’t have insurance for fertility medications can apply for the company’s Compassionate Care Program to receive an automatic discount of 25 percent off the self-pay price of EMD Serono medicines, or as much as 75 percent off them depending on financial eligibility criteria.
RHS’ 2014 Annual Zoo Birthday Celebration Another Success
On Sunday May 18, RHS held its annual Birthday Celebration at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. This year’s celebration was our biggest to date, with 809 attendees. Former patients and their families were treated to a day at the zoo, light refreshments, and a magic show. Each child was able to select a “birthday” gift. The physicians and staff at RHS were delighted to reminisce with patients and see how their children have grown over the years. The highlight of the day was our annual group photo.
Dr. Kubik, Once Again, One of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Doctors
From Pittsburgh Magazine: “Best Doctors, Inc. is transforming and improving healthcare by bringing together the best medical minds in the world to help identify the right diagnosis and treatment. Best Doctors’ team of researchers conducts a biennial poll using the methodology that mimics the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to identify the right specialists for their patients. Using a polling method and balloting software that Gallup has audited and certified, they gather the insight and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, while confirming their credentials and specific areas of expertise. The results is the Best Doctors in America List. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their field. They cannot pay a fee and are not paid to be listed and cannot nominate or vote for themselves. It is a list that is truly unbiased and respected by the medical profession and patients alike as the source of top quality medical information.”