Circus by Steven Mussey MD

2014-04-29circusIn primary care, one of the best things we can do for a patient is to keep their experience from turning into a “Three Ring Circus.”
This means, explaining the purpose of each referral, making sure studies are communicated to the patient in a timely manner, discussing “where we are and where we need to go in the care plan,” answering questions, monitoring for unnecessary drugs, and adding or even eliminating unnecessary referrals. It takes extra time and additional visits, yet it will help that patient more than you can imagine.

Steven Mussey, M.D.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Circus by Steven Mussey MD

  1. Tad Hominem
    May 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Since PC docs have been the sort of gatekeeper to specialists and tests, I always thought you were already doing this !?

  2. Chris Perry
    May 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Primary care pay for taming the lions in the 3 ring circus $0. Value……priceless

  3. Kathy Wire
    May 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Gosh, that sounds like patient engagement….

  4. Jay Cooperman
    May 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Well said!

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