OptumHealth provides two types of coverage for infertility, ParentSteps® and Reproductive Resource Services (RRS). ParentSteps is a Network Access Program and RRS is a covered benefit. Both programs offer nurse support, education and guidance to our Centers of Excellence fertility clinics.
Reproductive Resource Services
Infertility treatments are largely responsible for the significant increase in multiples and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) costs.
One in ten couples of childbearing age seek medical help for infertility1, and of those seeking treatment, over 50 percent pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) and super-ovulation, both of which have significant risks of multiples.
OptumHealth’s Reproductive Resource Services (RRS) offers education and guidance through specialized nurse consultants who work with members throughout the treatment process, and access to infertility treatment through our Centers of Excellence network clinics.
RRS identifies infertility clinics with the highest level of expertise and provides detailed information to help members determine their best course of action for infertility diagnosis and treatment. RRS nurse consultants’;are available to share this information, answer questions and offer ongoing emotional support during infertility treatment.
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In the United States, 10 to 15 percent of couples are infertile2. With ParentSteps®, our infertility treatment network through the OptumHealth Allies Discount Program, we offer discounts to individuals who either do not have infertility benefits, or have exceeded their infertility benefits.
ParentSteps offers members medical and pharmaceutical preferred rates, educational information about diagnostic and treatment options, infertility expertise and support from a single infertility nurse specialist and online tools to help manage treatment plans.
In addition, the ParentSteps program provides access to our Infertility Centers of Excellence network. These centers are evaluated each year and have a proved track record of successful clinical outcomes and low multiple rates.
2 MayoClinic.com. “Infertility.” Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infertility/DS00310.Accessed July 15, 2008.