Dear Patients,

We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and high spirits. As we approach the end of the year, we want to share some important updates regarding your Medicare coverage. We understand that staying informed about your Medicare benefits is crucial, so here are some key points you need to know for the upcoming enrollment period.

1. New Medicare Deductible for 2024
Starting January 1, 2024, the Medicare Part B deductible will be $240.00. This is the amount you will be responsible for paying before your Medicare coverage begins. It’s essential to be aware of this change, so you can plan your healthcare expenses accordingly.

2. Medicare Enrollment Period – October 15th to December 7th, 2023
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is quickly approaching. From October 15 to December 7, 2023, you have the opportunity to make changes to your Medicare coverage. Whether you are looking to switch plans, add prescription drug coverage, or explore other options, this is the time to do it. Our team is here to assist you in navigating this process and ensuring that your healthcare needs are met.

3. Our Practice Accepts Medicare PPO, Not HMO
We want to remind all our Medicare patients that our practice accepts Medicare PPO plans, but we do not participate in Medicare HMO plans. This means that you have the freedom to choose your healthcare providers and specialists without the need for referrals. We value the flexibility and options that Medicare PPO plans offer, as they allow us to provide you with the highest quality of care.

If you are considering a Medicare “Advantage Plan” please be aware some are a closed network like an HMO and many of your physicians including our practice likely will not participate in the plan. 

Our team is dedicated to offering you the best possible healthcare experience, and we are committed to making your Medicare benefits work for you.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your Medicare coverage during the upcoming enrollment period, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable staff.

In order to confirm we are in network, we also suggest you reach out directly to your insurance broker and give them our Tax ID Number # 26-4049662 along with the provider’s National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Dr. Colvard’s NPI: 1457459810

Dr. Kandavel’s NPI: 1366533846

Dr. Dredge’s NPI: 1780069294

Dr. Rabinowitz’s NPI: 1508877408

Dr. Yoon’s NPI: 1215138110

We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare.
Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. We look forward to continuing to serve you and ensuring that you receive the care you deserve.

October Highlight

We are thrilled to share an exciting update on our efforts in ophthalmology education. On October 7, 2023, the Johnson & Johnson Vision Cataract Surgery Essentials Course for Medical Residents and Fellows took place, featuring exceptional faculty including  Dr. Kandavel as a lead instructor. The event was a resounding success, bringing together doctors and medical residents/fellows in ophthalmology from all over the western United States. Dr Kandavel has been participating in this quarterly teaching event since 2010. 

Key Highlights:

1. Distinguished Faculty: The affiliated technology laboratory was led by Dr. Kandavel, a renowned figure in the field of ophthalmology. His knowledge and experience added significant value to the event, ensuring that participants received comprehensive insights into cataract surgery essentials.

2. Engaged Learners: A total of 59 medical residents and fellows participated in the course, demonstrating their commitment to advancing their knowledge and skills in cataract surgery. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn were truly remarkable.

3. Comprehensive Learning: The course covered a wide range of essential topics, from pre-operative assessments to surgical techniques and post-operative care. Participants gained valuable insights into the latest advancements in cataract surgery.

4. Networking and Collaboration: The large group photo, featuring all 59 residents in training, symbolizes the spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing that underpins the field of ophthalmology. It is through such gatherings that the future of eye care is shaped.

This event marked a significant step in the journey of these medical residents and fellows toward becoming proficient ophthalmologists. We applaud the commitment of Johnson & Johnson Vision in supporting education and knowledge-sharing in the field.

Program Faculty
Program Faculty
Photos are courtesy of Reed Hutchinson
Resident Physicians and Faculty

We look forward to future developments and progress in the world of ophthalmology as these talented individuals continue to refine their skills and contribute to the well-being of countless patients. Stay tuned for more updates and news from the world of medicine, and join us in celebrating the dedication of these aspiring ophthalmologists.


Genesy Hernandez

Director of Communications