MFMA is an innovative medical practice that blends the best of academia and private medical practice. Historically, academic medicine and private practice were very separate domains, with academic doctors focusing on research and medical education, while private practice doctors focused on patient care. The high-risk pregnancy experts at MFMA are highly-regarded as prolific medical researchers and educators, but also as supremely skilled, hands-on clinicians who take great pride in the care they deliver to patients. This creates a unique blend of academics and private practice, or Privademics™. Patients at MFMA have access to physicians who are award-winning medical educators with numerous peer-reviewed publications who also provide cutting edge expert care.

Details of each physician’s education, training and publications are available on our website: www.mfmnyc.com

Who Will I See At My Office Visits?

MFMA is an innovative medical practice that blends the best of academia and private medical practice. Historically, academic medicine and private practice were very separate domains, with academic doctors focusing on research and medical education, while private practice doctors focused on patient care. The high-risk pregnancy experts at MFMA are highly-regarded as prolific medical researchers and educators, but also as supremely skilled, hands-on clinicians who take great pride in the care they deliver to patients. This creates a unique blend of academics and private practice or Privademics™. Patients at MFMA have access to physicians who are award-winning medical educators with numerous peer-reviewed publications who also provide cutting edge expert care.

Details of each physician’s education, training and publications are available on our website: www.mfmnyc.com

Delivering Doctors

With Which Hospital Are We Affiliated?

All deliveries and inpatient procedures are provided at Mount Sinai Medical Center located at 1176 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY  10029. Mount Sinai is a teaching hospital that has been internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the past 150 years. As is true with all teaching hospitals, Mount Sinai OB-GYN residents, under the supervision of our physicians, may be involved in your care during your stay as a patient. This has been shown in medical literature to enhance the safety and level of care provided to patients in tertiary care facilities.

Where Will My Ultrasound Exams Be Performed?

A unique strength of MFMA is its connection to Carnegie Imaging for Women, its imaging subsidiary conveniently located at 2 Manhattan locations:

  • Carnegie Hill: 1245 Madison Avenue (between 89th and 90th Streets)
  • Carnegie South: 148 Madison Avenue (between 31st and 32nd Streets)

Carnegie Imaging for Women is fully staffed by our board-certified MFM specialists and registered sonographers who use state-of-the-art 3D/4D ultrasound equipment to deliver the highest level of accuracy in ultrasound imaging. Both centers are fully accredited by the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine.

More information about Carnegie Imaging for Women can be found at www.CarnegieImaging.com.

Who Can I Speak To If I have Questions In-Between Physician Visits?

MFMA has a team of experienced Registered Nurses and Medical Assistants on staff to respond to patient questions and concerns in-between office visits. These highly-skilled professionals are available to answer questions and assist with patient needs including:

  • Laboratory results
  • Medication refills
  • Pregnancy and other medical concerns
  • Relaying information to and from physicians
  • Appointment and surgery scheduling

Our staff are available by phone during normal business hours. Phone calls are triaged and responded to in priority order. However, all calls are answered within 24 hours. Physicians are available by telephone in cases of extreme emergency.  Patients who require in-depth conversation with a physician should make an appointment to come into the office. With rare exceptions, our physicians do not perform telephone consultations due to their limited availability.

During nights and weekends, all calls are answered by our answering service. There is always a physician on call to answer emergency patient phone calls. We ask that you reserve general and non-emergent questions until the next business day unless they require immediate attention (such as going into labor).

Appointment Cancellations

When you make an appointment with our team, we reserve a significant amount of time specifically for your consultation. Unfortunately, when a patient doesn’t show for their scheduled appointment, another patient loses an opportunity to be seen.

Therefore, if you need to cancel or re-schedule, we request that you notify us as soon as possible. For extended appointments, please notify us no later than 48 hours ahead and 24 hours in advance of a routine or ultrasound appointment. If we receive no notification, you will be responsible for a cancellation fee in accordance with the schedule outlined below.

Please call our office as soon as you need to cancel your appointment. If you call our office after business hours, please leave a message and we will confirm with you by phone on the next business day. Cancellation charges are not covered by insurance and are due before any future appointments.

What Insurances Does MFMA Accept?

MFMA currently participates with the following insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Oscar, Oxford, and United Healthcare. However, we do not participate in all plans under these carriers. Therefore, once you make an initial appointment with us, a member of our billing staff will thoroughly research your coverage to confirm that your care here will be a paid benefit under your plan.

We also calculate patient responsibility (co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles) before each visit, and require payment at the time of service. Deductibles and co-insurance for obstetrical deliveries are payable in the third trimester of pregnancy.

If you are covered by an insurance plan other than those listed, you must make payment arrangements before your appointment with our Billing Department. Members of our billing staff are available to answer your questions during business hours at (646) 525-3666.

Are There Fees Associated With My Obstetrical Care That Won’t Be Covered By My Plan?

The payment provided by insurance companies to MFMA physicians for your obstetrical care (the “global” fee) is limited to the following:

  • All normal, uncomplicated prenatal visits
  • Obstetrical delivery
  • One (1) well post-partum visit

There are many other services and fees that might be incurred during the course of your care that may or not be covered. We recommend each patient contacts their plan administrators to learn the limits of their individual policies.  A partial listing of expected additional fees is as follows:

“Sick” Visits

If you encounter a medical complication during your pregnancy, any visits related to your care are billed outside of the global obstetrical package. The global obstetrical fee only covers routine, uncomplicated OB care. Examples that could result in additional fees include hospital care during acute illness or pregnancy complications, or unscheduled office care for illnesses like infection or complications due to underlying medical conditions. When billed to your insurance company, these visits may result in additional co-pay, coinsurance, or deductible expenses.

“Sick” visits

If you encounter a medical complication during your pregnancy, any visits related to the care of that complication are billed outside of the global obstetrical package.  The global obstetrical fee only covers routine, uncomplicated OB care.  Examples of scenarios that could result in additional fees include hospital care during acute illness or pregnancy complications, or unscheduled office care for illnesses like infection or complications due to underlying medical conditions.  When billed to your insurance company, these visits may result in additional co-pay, coinsurance and/or deductible expenses.

Lab Work

Throughout the course of your care, MFMA will send blood and tissue samples for analysis to a variety of clinical laboratories. For your convenience, a Patient Service Center is located on the first floor of our building where most routine blood work can be performed.

If your insurance plan places restrictions or limitations on lab work, please make them known to our clinical staff. If you let us know before a test is performed, we can often reroute routine samples to labs that will accept your insurance. For some specialty tests where there are only a limited number of reference labs capable of performing them, you’ll likely be responsible for any fees.

Please be aware that MFMA has no role in or control over billing issues related to clinical laboratory fees. If you have questions about bills received for laboratory charges or insurance coverage available to you, please contact the clinical laboratory and your insurance carrier.

Prenatal Supplies and Products

We conveniently offer prenatal vitamins for purchase at our offices if your physician recommends them as part of treatment. We offer both kosher and non-kosher options that can be purchased at our patient check-out stations.

Digital Ultrasound Keepsake Images

At Carnegie Imaging, patents have the option of having digital versions of images from their ultrasound scans delivered via either email or text message. There is a one-time administrative fee of $25 per pregnancy, and patients can enroll at the reception desks at either of our Carnegie Imaging locations.

Cord Blood Collection for Cryopreservation

Many patients are interested in cord blood preservation after giving birth. Whether you choose to bank cord blood or not, and which company you choose to partner with, is completely up to you. The physicians at MFMA do not endorse any one of these firms nor do they specifically endorse cord blood banking. If you are interested in cord blood banking, please discuss this option with your physician during one of your prenatal visits so that you can make a fully informed decision about this option.

Fees associated with cord blood banking are not covered by insurance. If you choose to privately bank your baby’s cord blood, you will be responsible for two separate fees; one charged by our physicians for cord blood collection at the time of delivery, and a fee charged by the cord blood banks for storage.

Private Cord Blood Collection

  • The fee charged by MFMA to cover physician expenses associated with private cord blood collection at the time of delivery is $250. In the event of multiple gestations, the fee is multiplied by the number of babies. The storage fees charged by private cord blood banks vary widely among companies. MFMA has no role in setting or administering fees for cord blood storage.

Public Cord Blood Collection

Patients sometimes have the option to store cord blood with public, nonprofit banks. Unlike private banking, public banking is free of charge. There are no fees associated with storage, and MFMA will waive the physician collection fee.

Things to Bear in Mind While You Are Pregnant

  • Be sure to go to all scheduled prenatal care visits with us, as well as your ultrasound appointments at Carnegie Imaging for Women. We recommend each patient reads at length about giving birth and considers taking a childbirth course or related classes. We partner with BabyZone NYC and its staff of thoroughly-experienced childbirth educators to provide reliable and practice-specific courses on many topics related to childbearing and pregnancy. Learn more at BabyZoneNYC.com.
  • By the fifth month of pregnancy, we ask that you complete and submit the preadmission registration form for Mount Sinai Hospital. Copies of the form will be provided to you by our clinical staff.
  • We recommend that each patient considers a tour of the maternity facilities at Mount Sinai Hospital. Tours can be arranged by contacting Michele Reinback at either reinbach@mountsinai.org or (212) 241-7491.

Patient Resources

For a full look at our Obstetrics and Gynecology services, please click the links below.

Obstetrical Care
Gynecological Care
Additionally, we recommend the information provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). At the ACOG website, you will find the answers to many common pregnancy-related questions such as:

  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • Travel during pregnancy
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Medications for pain relief during labor and delivery
  • Newborn circumcision
  • Breastfeeding

Schedule an Appointment

As always, our expert team are available to answer any questions you might have about our practice, policies, and what to expect at Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates in New York City. To schedule an appointment with our MFM associates, contact our offices by calling or filling out our online form. Our patient care coordinators can assist you with booking, billing, and beginning your expert care at our state-of-the-art practice.

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