Please find frequently asked questions and answers below regarding the transition process, cryogenic tissue storage, patient care, and financial considerations.
RMA of New York is widely recognized as a national leader in state-of-the-art reproductive medicine and serves as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Led by an integrated team of physicians and scientists with extensive reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and embryology training and experience, RMA of New York has garnered much attention and recognition for its extensive research portfolio and high IVF success rates.
For over 20 years, the physicians at RMA of New York have consistently been distinguished as Top Doctors and Super Doctors by Castle Connolly and New York Magazine. Headquartered in Manhattan, RMA of New York has fertility clinics located throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Long Island.
US Fertility, the nation’s largest partnership of physician-owned and physician-led top-tier fertility practices, along with Ovation Fertility, a national network of premier IVF laboratories, are united under a shared mission to deliver the joy of parenthood through advanced reproductive medicine and innovative science.
To date, US Fertility and Ovation Fertility practices have helped more than 225,000 individuals and couples build their families using assisted reproductive technology. US Fertility supports over 200 physicians by leveraging collective expertise, driving innovation, and by providing advanced solutions that streamline and enhance the delivery of exceptional patient care. Together with a growing suite of life science services, US Fertility is expanding access to the highest quality reproductive health care across over 100 clinic locations and 32 IVF laboratories.
SGF New York and RMA of New York have joined forces to create a stronger and more comprehensive practice aimed at benefiting our patients in various ways. This partnership is geared towards improving access to high-quality care, advancing scientific research, elevating the patients experience, and ultimately improving outcomes for all! By combining our expertise and resources, we can provide a more holistic and innovative approach to healthcare, ensuring our patients receive the best possible support throughout their journey.
All SGF New York’s current physicians, Drs. Anate Brauer, Stephanie Brownridge, Phillip Romanski, and Robert Setton, as well as the SGF New York clinical, embryology, and laboratory teams, are combining with RMA of New York to further expand care throughout the greater New York metro area. Current SGF New York patients will have the option to continue their care with their current SGF New York physician at one of RMA of New York’s 16 locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Long Island or transition their care elsewhere.
Yes, the SGF NY clinical and administrative team members are also joining RMA of NY. We operate with a collaborative team approach, so while you may also work with other nurses on your doctor’s team, rest assured that we are all here to support you through your journey.
At RMA of New York, our locations offer a comprehensive range of services to ensure a seamless fertility experience. You can meet with team members from various departments and our state-of-the-art facilities provide a comfortable and welcoming environment. We aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible, from consultations to blood work and beyond.
- RMA of New York – East Side: 635 Madison Avenue (IVF Lab On-Site)
- RMA of New York – West Side: 200 West 57th Street
- RMA of New York – Downtown: 594 Broadway
- RMA of New York – Brooklyn – Albee Square (IVF Lab On-Site)
- RMA of New York – Brooklyn – Borough Park
- RMA of New York Westchester – Mount Kisco (IVF Lab On-Site)
- RMA of New York Westchester – White Plains
- RMA of New York Westchester – Poughkeepsie
Here at SGF New York we want to make this transition as easy, straightforward, and seamless for you. We have streamlined the process with two easy steps to remain with your current SGF New York physician and transition your care to RMA of New York:
- You will receive an email in the coming weeks from Engaged MD – in this email you will be prompted to complete a Medical Records Release form. By completing this release, we will be able to transfer your records to RMA of New York and begin your onboarding, remaining under your current physician’s care.
If you have cryopreserved specimen(s) (eggs, sperm, and/or embryos) at SGF New York, Engaged MD will send you a second consent form. By completing this second consent we can begin the process of transferring your frozen specimen(s) to RMA of New York.
- After completing the Medical Records Release form for both partners if applicable, please be on the lookout for an email from RMA of New York to access your new “My Reproductive Portal.” You will need you to set up a portal account, which will be used as a resource throughout your treatment with RMA.
Yes, all frozen embryos, sperm or eggs will be transferred to RMA of New York cryogenic storage facilities. In this case, SGF New York and RMANY will work together to provide a seamless transfer of cryogenic tissue between our NY facilities. You may alternatively decide to move their specimens to the long-term storage facility of your choice.
All frozen embryos, eggs and sperm will be transferred to RMA of New York’s cryogenic storage facilities or an alternative long-term storage facility of your choice.
Throughout your entire experience with SGF New York, you will be kept informed by your clinical care team regarding any pertinent information you need to know. If you have questions about this process, we recommend discussing this directly with your physician.
If you choose to continue your care with your current SGF New York physician, you will not incur any additional expense to relocate your frozen gametes from SGF New York to RMA of New York.
If you choose to take your fertility care elsewhere, you will be responsible for associated transportation costs and storage fees as quoted by that facility.
RMA of New York will honor the storage fees you were accustomed to at SGF NY for 2024. RMANY bills patients every 6 months for storage. You will receive a customized storage letter in the coming weeks with more information and a link to complete a credit card authorization.
RMA of New York will ensure seamless transfer of care and gamete and embryo relocation. Patient care is our highest priority and of the utmost importance.
No. Many studies have proven that there is no difference in success rates between cryopreserved embryos that have remained at the same location for the entire duration of storage versus those which have moved during their lifespan.
SGF is committed to following thorough protocols when moving all specimens. SGF has one of the most stringent, long-standing chains of custody protocols in the industry that was developed and continuously refined over the last 30 years.
The system uses three unique identifiers along with two embryologists independently confirming the provenance of the sperm, eggs, and embryos in each case. Additionally, chain of custody at SGF is maintained using an electronic witnessing system, RI Witness. Developed by CooperSurgical, RI Witness is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) management system. This technology enables every sperm, egg, embryo, test tube, and petri dish to be electronically connected to the specific patient. If you have questions about this process, we recommend discussing this directly with your physician.
Patient Care FAQ
Dr. Brauer will see patients for consultation and follow up in the RMA of New York Madison location. Patients will continue to have the option to see their physicians virtually as well as in person.
Dr. Brownridge will see patients for consultation and follow up in the RMA of New York Westside location. Patients will continue to have the option to see their physicians virtually as well as in person.
Dr. Romanski will see patients for consultation and follow up in the RMA of New York Madison location. Patients will continue to have the option to see their physicians virtually as well as in person.
Dr. Setton will see patients for consultation and follow up in the RMA of New York Brooklyn location. Patients will continue to have the option to see their physicians virtually as well as in person.
Former SGF New York patients will now have four locations to choose from for procedures. All procedures previously performed at SGF New York will now occur at RMA of New York. Procedures will take place at the Madison Avenue and Brooklyn locations for NYC, in Melville for Long Island patients, and at the Mount Kisco clinic and laboratory for those in Westchester, NY.
This remains a discussion between you and your physician, as each patient’s case is unique.
Financial Considerations FAQ
Upon becoming established as a new patient at RMANY, you will have the option to speak with a dedicated RMANY financial counselor about your insurance status and RMANY’s financial programs.
All current accepted SGF New York insurance carriers are also accepted by RMANY, including:
- Emblem Health (GHI)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Healthcare (excludes Navigate & Compass)
- United Medical Resources
- New York Hotel Trade Council
The Financial Team at RMA of New York offers guidance and resources to help you navigate coverage and financing options and make the process of paying for your treatment easier.
We understand that transitioning from SGF NY to RMA of New York may raise financial questions. Our priority is to support our patients in making informed decisions the best suit their needs. While there are some cost variations between SGF and RMA of New York, we are committed to providing transparent pricing and the necessary support to help you navigate this transition. You will have a dedicated Financial Counselor who will help you understand the cost of your treatment.
Yes, current Shared Risk pricing will be honored at RMA of New York.
Insurances may require new authorizations at the start of every year regardless of the change from SGF to RMANY. This might cause a slight delay in initiating treatment, however we work to obtain these authorizations as quickly as possible. Please be aware of this possibility.
Any prepayments made while a patient of SGF New York will be honored as you transition your care to RMA of New York.
Yes. RMA of New York offers a variety of different financing programs for patients. The Financial Team at RMA of New York is available to walk you through various options.
Please reach out to your care team with any additional questions.