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by DYLAN J. CHADWICK

In a changing medical landscape, physicians willing to invest in their practices are the ones who'll succeed. Though evolving technology and its subsequent improvements in patient care have brought substantial changes to the medical sector, an era of economic uncertainty and fiscal instability may wring just as prescient an effect. According to an article by Ben Brown, MD, reductions in Medicare contract payments (some as much as 21.3%) and physician reimbursements from insurers might result in critical decreases in physician salaries, medical profits and general revenue for a practice. What proves even more concerning for physicians and patients alike, is a present medical landscape of high healthcare costs, an ever-increasing need for healthcare options and diminishing resources. Furthermore, caring physicians want to be effective providers for their patients, but they also want the appreciation and financial compensation for their profession demands.

by DR. CORY S. FAWCETT

Most everyone is familiar with A. A. Milne’s characters from The House on Pooh Corner. Eeyore is always down and depressed, moves and talks very slowly, thinks everything is bad and getting worse, and drags everyone down with him. Tigger, on the other hand, is always the life of the party, he is constantly smiling, moving and talking rapidly, dancing and jumping and bringing everyone’s attitude up a notch. Tigger is fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. If you asked each of your office staff which one of these two characters best describes you, what would they say? Is that the answer you want to hear?