We wanted to further update you on encouraging changes at Fertility Centers of Illinois. The physicians are incredibly excited to resume all treatments including IUI, IVF, egg freezing, donor egg IVF, gestational carrier cycles, and frozen embryo transfer for patients! Due to safety reasons, some patients with serious underlying medical conditions at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 may not be allowed to pursue treatment at this time.
The ASRM Updated their patient management and clinical recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Even though treatment is available, we appreciate there are many factors that determine if a patient desires to pursue treatment at this time. We strongly encourage all patients to contact your health care team to schedule a Zoom consultation with your physician to address likely questions this will raise for you, and/or your partner (if applicable), as you decide how to best proceed.
Please note insurance companies may not expedite approval in certain cases which may lead to a delay. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.
At Fertility Centers of Illinois, the health and safety of our patients, community, and staff is our priority. Due to the CDC's social distancing guidelines, we are pleased to offer patients FerTel eHealth appointments. Whether you are wishing to speak to a fertility specialist for the first time or are an existing patient, FerTel eHealth is a great way to connect with our team while protecting yourself from the risk of transmission.
FCI uses the services of Zoom Healthcare to facilitate our video chat appointments. Appointments are available Monday-Friday with weekend appointment times available. Upon completion of your initial FerTel eHealth consultation, patients wishing to move forward will be able to schedule the necessary diagnostic testing appointment to prepare for fertility treatment.
Currently, there is no set standard for insurance providers regarding FerTel eHealth. However, in the midst of this pandemic, many providers are offering coverage and we encourage you to contact your provider for their coverage policy.
Diagnostic Testing Appointments
Diagnostic services are currently available at our consolidated locations. These locations with core staff and scheduled doctors to match patient care volumes offer blood work, semen analysis, transvaginal ultrasound, and saline ultrasound testing.
We believe, like many other medical practices, that this type of testing can be done while continuing to follow all guidelines on social distancing, and will allow our patients to be optimally prepared once treatment cycles are able to resume.
Embryo Options Update
Embryo Options is now offering DocuSign with ID Verification to complete discard forms! This new feature offers patients another avenue to complete discard forms remotely without having to find a notary or coming to our offices. The DocuSign fee is $15. This service only applies to patients discarding all specimens; not partial. In order to prove to identify, patients will need to have an active government-issued ID.
Patients still have the option of finding a notary or have a FCI staff witness when in the office.
Patients can access this service by going to the Embryo Options website and accessing their account.