Response to COVID-19 – UPDATED 03-23-2020

Dear Patients:

In light of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Corona virus, Mid Iowa Fertility is taking precautions to keep our clinic safe so that our patients can continue to seek the care needed to create a family.

At this time, the CDC has not recommended closure of businesses, but has issued Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html). Mid Iowa Fertility is following all public guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local State and Polk County Health Department.

At this time, we are continuing to schedule office visits and limited procedures, but have implemented some policies described below intended to mitigate exposure.

The safety of our patients and our staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our patients and staff safe while providing our patients with the highest quality of care.

Finally, let us all pray for the country, the world, and our local communities that we get through this safely.

Sincerely,

Mid Iowa Fertility, P.C.

Mid Iowa Fertility COVID-19 Policies

Office Visits:

  1. Illness Notification: If you are ill, have a cough, or fever, even if you think this is a simple common cold, please notify us to cancel an appointment. Please stay at home. If ANYONE in your family is currently experiencing symptoms of any illness you will not be allowed into the office. This policy applies for patients and staff.
  2. Screening Protocol: All patients and visitors will be required to have their temperature taken and asked about recent travel. If you have a fever (>100.4) you will be asked to leave.
  3. Check-in: A staff member will take your name and get you checked in. We will ask that you please wait in your car and we will call you when you are ready to be seen. At this time we are limited the amount of people in and out of our office.
  4. Hand sanitizing: As supplies last, we will have hand sanitizer at the check-in window, and ask that you sanitize your hands. If you have your own pen, please use your own pen to check in.
  5. COVID-19 Exposure: If you have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed (or suspected) with Coronavirus, you should undergo voluntary self-quarantine for 14 days. Please do not come to our office if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus, even if you are feeling well.
  6. Visitors: In order to limit exposure we will not be allowing any guests to accompany patients to their appointments, this includes spouses or partners.
  7. Post procedures: After visiting an exam room please wash your hands.

Treatment Cancellation:

In the event we must cancel your infertility care during the middle of a treatment cycle, the cancellation may have negative medical and financial consequences. We apologize in advance, but we must be safe and follow the regulations set up by state and national agencies. In the event your cycle is cancelled due to exposure or illness, we will credit your account so that you may proceed with your treatment in the future.

The following services are NOT available at this time:

  • IUI (this includes Fresh, Previously Frozen or Donor Sperm)
  • Use of the collection room
  • Embryo Transfers (Fresh or Frozen)
  • HSG X-rays
  • Elective Surgery

Telephone Consultation:

The Iowa Board of Medicine has temporarily allowed for Telephone Only consultation as a form of Telemedicine. This means that a new patient may visit with a physician by telephone, and this telephone only visit may establish a doctor-physician relationship, evaluation and management may be conducted, and physician offices may bill patients or insurance companies for theses visits. Until further notice all new patient consults and follow ups will be conducted via Telemedicine.

Travel:

All travel to geographic areas with “sustained community transmission” are discouraged. In the event you have traveled to countries with a Level 3 Travel Notice, please postpone your office visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-Traveler-Info-Card.pdf

If you have traveled anywhere in the past 2 weeks from the time of your scheduled visit, please notify our office. At this time, the CDC has not recommended cancellation of domestic travel, but has encouraged a common sense approach:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Subject to Change:

Please follow basic procedures to keep yourself safe:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

As you are aware, the Coronavirus pandemic is an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor and uphold recommendations from our public health authorities. We apologize in advance, but we must be safe and follow the regulations set up by state and national agencies. And finally, this too shall pass.

Mid Iowa Fertility

Additional information is available at the following websites:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019