Georgia Reproductive Specialists has a strong commitment to providing full-service infertility and reproductive endocrine healthcare with a focus on patient-centered, compassionate care. Our practice was founded on the philosophy that patients seeking infertility treatment should be handled as individuals and treatment plans should be developed to provide results as quickly, safely and inexpensively as possible.
To provide the personalized, high-quality care for which we've become nationally recognized, we spend hours with our patients and their partners devoting attention to each of the following steps in the treatment process:
- Identify and diagnose the problem
- Develop a partnership with each patient and their support team, which may include the spouse or partner, another relative or friend and the referring physician
- Outline medical or surgical options
- Initiate a cost-effective treatment plan that combines the highest quality of care with the best possible outcome
At GRS, we understand the personal and sensitive nature of the work we do and for that reason we work hard to protect our patients' privacy. We do not release medical records or any portion of them without written authorization from the patient.
Our main office, located at 5445 Meridian Mark Road, Suite 270 in Atlanta, is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. We also schedule appointments in our satellite offices located in Decatur and Alpharetta. We try to be flexible for situations when it may be necessary to see patients beyond regular office hours. Saturday and Sunday morning appointments are available for ultrasound monitoring, insemination, egg retrievals and embryo transfers.
The best patient is a well-informed one. We value an open and ethical relationship with each patient who, we believe, is entitled to complete knowledge about her reproductive health. In an environment of trust and mutual respect, our patients and their partners feel free to ask questions at any time. We promise to answer all the questions asked -- and even those that aren't. It's the only way to build partnerships with every patient, their spouse or partner, and the referring physician. As a team, we all work together to achieve the best possible outcome.
All patients are encouraged to visit our comprehensive Web site http://www.ivf.com to learn more about the medical practice and reproductive health issues. The Web site includes a revised copy of Dr. Perloe's book, Miracle Babies and Other Happy Endings for Couples with Fertility Problems, infertility chat rooms, a link to The Journal of Experimental and Clinical Assisted Reproduction, a photo gallery, our latest medical research and links to additional infertility resources.
Many health insurers do not cover infertility. Conversely, many insurers will provide coverage for some gynecological diagnoses. However, we do not accept assignment for office visit charges unless we have a contract with your insurer or your health insurer's written authorization or referral for your appointment. Payment for medical, lab and diagnostic services provided in the office is due at the time of service. If we have a managed care contract with your insurer, you are expected to pay for the deductible and/or co-pay at the time of service. To keep patient accounts current, we accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards, as well as certified checks, money orders and cash. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be able to obtain some reimbursement for your care. Your receipt for payment will contain the standard diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment codes as determined by your GRS physician.
Step 1: Call (404) 843-2229. Our staff conducts a preliminary telephone interview to assure that we are adequately prepared for the appointment. If necessary for insurance coverage, a referral authorization must be received by our office before an appointment can be scheduled. We attempt to see patients with urgent medical or surgical conditions as quickly as possible.
Step 2: Once the appointment is scheduled, our staff sends the patient a welcome packet with detailed information about GEORGIA REPRODUCTIVE SPECIALISTS. The packet also includes authorizations for release of medical information and a new patient questionnaire for both partners to complete and bring to the initial appointment.
Step 3: Before the appointment, the patient must take the authorization for release of medical information to her prior physician(s) and hospital(s) and obtain copies of relevant medical records. In addition, patients should obtain copies of surgical notes and videotapes, actual (not copies, not reports) X-ray films (must be obtained from the hospital and will not be sent by your physician) and copies of laboratory tests. Do not rely on your physician mailing or faxing your medical records or sending your X-ray films. Obtaining films and medical records is your responsibility. Failure to bring these at the time of your visit will prolong your evaluation and delay your treatment.
Infertility evaluations require a spouse or partner to sign a separate authorization for release of medical information to obtain copies of his records and semen analysis reports.
All medical information should be delivered to GEORGIA REPRODUCTIVE SPECIALISTS for our physicians to review before your first appointment. For a comprehensive fertility assessment, both partners should be present at the first appointment. This evaluation usually requires one to two hours. The cost for an initial office visit depends on the type of testing necessary to establish a diagnosis for each couple and is generally in the range of $220-550 (US). If you are not prepared for this expense at the time of your visit, you should let us know immediately so that additional testing can be postponed.