Hudson Valley Fertility

Fishkill
400 Westgate Business Ctr. Dr.
Fishkill, NY 12524
845-765-0125
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Hudson Valley Fertility to a friend?
Neutral: 1Don't recommend: 16.5
2 assessments
  • 0% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 50% Neutral (7-8)
  • 50% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
163
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
4.5
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
2 assessments
8
Age
33 - 41
Treated
2008 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
8
One huge strength is their [Hudson Valley Fertility] working with many insurance companies. In addition, they often were able to get many things covered that my insurance claimed were not covered. Also, if they happen to have any sample meds or donated meds around, they'll give you what they can. So I believe some of the weaknesses would be the phone system and return phone calls. I believe a human answering the phone initially for every call would be better than an answering machine routing calls. I also believe there should be an option to speak to a nurse or be put on hold for a nurse (instead of message and call backs eventually). I also think they could use improvement for medication instructions for injections, med storage, and instructions for time of day for meds. Being sent to a generic web site for instructions that aren't the exact meds or exact needle delivery system wasn't very helpful. A good printed instruction sheet and FAQ for meds frequently used would have been better. I googled things far too often to figure out what I was doing. Even with these few negatives, the positives of Dr Levine's office FAR outweigh the negatives.
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Age
33 - 41
Treated
2008 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Hudson Valley Fertility.
I think I've gone thru the strengths already fairly well. One more huge strength is their working with many insurance companies. In addition, they often were able to get many things covered that my insurance claimed were not covered. Also, if they happen to have any sample meds or donated meds around, they'll give you what they can. So I believe some of the weaknesses would be the phone system and return phone calls. I believe a human answering the phone initially for every call would be better than an answering machine routing calls. I also believe there should be an option to speak to a nurse or be put on hold for a nurse (instead of message and call backs eventually). I also think they could use improvement for medication instructions for injections, med storage, and instructions for time of day for meds. Being sent to a generic web site for instructions that aren't the exact meds or exact needle delivery system wasn't very helpful. A good printed instruction sheet and FAQ for meds frequently used would have been better. I googled things far too often to figure out what I was doing. Even with these few negatives, the positives of Dr Levine's office FAR outweigh the negatives.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Most of the staff were extremely friendly and knew us by name. Very supportive during breaking bad news.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff were all extremely friendly and compassionate. Their phlebotomist was excellent and gets blood on the first poke 99% of the time.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Daniel Levine?
Dr. Levine is very compassionate, explanatory, friendly, and has a great great bedside manner. He makes himself available for many of the appointments personally. He doesn't sugar coat the odds. He does ample testing to cover all bases. He, personally, has performed most of my IUI's (a few were done by his P.A.), all of my saline sonograms, hysteroscopies/D&C's, ERA, and my IVF retrieval/transfer. If you don't want to be passed between many different doctors, this is the place. He adjusts treatments frequently based on lab work and ultrasounds. His lab had phenomenal results for us using ICSI and growing out my poor aging eggs to blastocyst stage for PGS testing. If I had to pick a few downsides, I'd say it's that they barely have a donor egg/embryo program and the little that is available seems much more expensive than other places.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Daniel Levine?
Ask lots of questions. Take notes after each appointment. Speak up if you're uncomfortable or don't understand any procedure.
Describe the protocols Daniel Levine used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I have PCOS so I always had a decent amount of follicles/eggs during IUI cycles and IVF. I am also AMA. Dr Levine was always careful to balance meds and not overstimulate. Our very first IUI cycle (many years ago) was cancelled due to fast response to meds and far too many follicles to procede with IUI. All of my meds for IUI were either Follistim alone (150-225iu per day), or a combination of either Letrozole 5mg (or Clomid 100mg) and Follistim together. For IUI we occasionally used 250mcg Ganarellix for a few days to hold off ovulation and let follicles catch up with others. For every IUI we used 250mg Ovidrel as the trigger. Every cycle we used progesterone suppositories during the luteal phase. For our one IVF cycle, we used 225iu of monopur for 11 days and 225iu of Follistim/Gonal F concurrently for 11 days. For 5 of the 11 days, we also used Ganarellix 250iu. We used a half dose trigger of 5,000iu of Pregnyl to lessen the risk of OHSS since my estrogen was high (over 5,000) and I had approx 27 follicles. We used cabergoline after retrieval to avoid OHSS also. On day 14 we had 22 eggs retrieved. 15 were mature and 2 more were able to be matured in the lab for a total of 17. All 17 fertilized with ICSI. At day 3 we still had 17 embryos. (9 grade 1; 5 grade 2; and 3 grade 3). By day 5 we had 3 AA blastocysts that were biopsied for PGS and then frozen. At day 6 we had 3 more blastocysts (grade BB) that were biopsied for PGS and then frozen. The other 11 embryos were either low quality C blasts or deteriorated and stop growing. We had 1 PGS normal blast and 1 inconclusive blast from the testing. The other 4 had monosomies, trisomies, or multiple chromosomal errors. 7 months later we transferred both blastocysts. The 7 month delay was from me needing a few procedures on my uterus and also having 2 transfers cancelled due to lining issues and unexpected bleeding. For lining prep and during and after transfer we ultimately used BCP, Lupron, Estrace orally, Estrace vaginally, estrogen patches, delestrogen injections, progesterone vaginally, progesterone in oil injections, Lovenox, Medrol, and doxycycline. We also used Valium the day of transfer. 1 of our 2 embryos stuck but stopped growing near 5 to 6 weeks. A heavy bleed following shortly after, but I ultimately ended up needing a hysteroscopy/D&C near 10 weeks for a retained gestational sack.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Daniel Levine.
Costs were broken up into a million different costs also billed thru insurance. So it's difficult to say what total costs would have been for cash pay. Many options were ala cart and could have been chosen or not depending on your preferences and needs.
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Doctor
Daniel Levine
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Hudson Valley Fertility
Fishkill
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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5
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, PCOS
5
I wish he did the iui's, not the assistant. Dr Levine seemed like he understood my situation but, I had to ask for some of the testing to be done. I wish I had more of an explanation for my conditions also.... Ask all questions when you're there [at Hudson Valley Fertility]. It's hard to get answers otherwise. I wish I was told that I had to lay down after inserting the progesterone.... Most were covered under insurance but, I was charged incorrectly twice
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Age
35 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, PCOS
5
Describe your experience with Hudson Valley Fertility.
Ask all questions when you're there. It's hard to get answers otherwise. I wish I was told that I had to lay down after inserting the progesterone
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Levine was never present for the iui's. He was the "talker" that would try to sell IVF (in my opinion).
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I think it was very busy but, I would've liked them to answer in a reasonable amount of time.
How was your experience with Daniel Levine?
I felt as though it was more about money than the treatment. I wish he did the iui's, not the assistant. Dr Levine seemed like he understood my situation but, I had to ask for some of the testing to be done. I wish I had more of an explanation for my conditions also.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Daniel Levine?
Ask questions. Ask for him to perform the procedures.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Daniel Levine.
Most were covered under insurance but, I was charged incorrectly twice
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Doctor
Daniel Levine
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Hudson Valley Fertility
Fishkill
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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