Medicare Services: The Premiums for 2018

Embed from Getty Images — Centers for Medicare Services has released the 2018 premium numbers. You can find them here: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2017-Fact-Sheet-items/2017-11-17.html Medicare Part A The deductible will increase to $1340.00, an increase of $24.00. The premium for the skilled nursing benefits will increase $3.00 per day to $167.50 for days 21-100. Medicare Part B The … Read more

What is High Deductible Plan F and how Does it Work?

Embed from Getty Images — A High Deductible Plan F (HDF) policy provides all the features and benefits of a standard Plan F, but at a substantially lower premium. A calendar-year deductible, set by the federal government, applies. The deductible is $2200.00 for 2017. Under Medicare Part B, there is a $183.00 annual deductible for … Read more

New Group on Facebook: Risk Management for Veterinarians

  We at Ostdiek Group, Inc. believe strongly that every veterinarian would be well-served by having a Disaster Preparedness Plan for their practice. To that end, we have developed two easy and free options for veterinarians: A multi-video training course with .pdf downloads and guidance in completing the forms A Group on Facebook where we … Read more

Health Care Reform Changes for AVMA Members

  As health care reform progresses, the American Veterinary Medical Association has made the decision to exit the health insurance market. Unfortunately, New York Life Insurance Company, the underwriter for the A.V.M.A. health plans, decided to no longer underwrite major medical coverage for professional association after 2013 because of the impending federal health care regulations. … Read more