Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems.

The Park Ranger with the AED

This past week, my veterinarian sister suddenly collapsed. She had a cardiac arrest while driving. Her passenger was able to get the car off the road with no crashes or injuries. A few cars back, a National Park Ranger (our area is full of Civil War Battlefields) came to her rescue. He had an AED…

Going to the Hospital and Ending Up in Court

I was listening to NPR on my drive home from work.  The story of the hour was dedicated to a hospital suing lots of patients for unpaid medical bills.  This particular hospital happens to be the dominant player in our region.  In fact, it’s the hospital I’ve worked with for more than 25 years! There is a lot…

There Is No End Zone

There is an animation site called “The 11 Second Club”. Every month, it posts 11 seconds of audio and a competition begins to create 11 seconds of animation to match the audio. A while back, the competition used 11 seconds from the 1989 movie “Parenthood” with Steve Martin and Jason Robards. It contains an interesting…

The Problems with Giving the Elderly Raw Data

Medicare wants…. demands… you communicate with your geriatric population through a “patient computer portal.” Sometimes, when elderly patients fret about losing their ability to drive, I mention the marvelous convenience of Uber. Then, they pull out their feature phone with its gigantic numbered buttons and I realize my mistake. The concept of giving raw medical…

Hammering Those Without Insurance

The numbers in this cartoon are not exaggerated. Dr. Stuart’s recent column here inspired me. Hospitals and clinics charge high prices for services. Medicare or insurance knock that down to a tiny fraction. Yet, the patient without insurance gets hammered the most. Also, if the particular medical center does not take your insurance, you are…

Out of Reach

Drug prices are insane. Drug Copays are going up fast. Increasingly, drug coverage insurance is pushing more drug costs onto the patients. This quickly becomes a problem. The result: Even when patients have health insurance, huge copays may place necessary drugs out of reach. Pharmaceutical companies will respond in several ways to this criticism: Copay…

Thoracentesis

Who remembers when you used to do a thoracentesis at the bedside? Nobody used ultrasound guidance! We did physical exam in those days and then we checked a chest xray afterwards to make sure we hadn’t caused a pneumothorax. Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we…

It’s Time to Teach the Elderly About Computer Safety

Medicare wants doctors to get patients on their computers.  Doctors are required to set up computer portals to communicate with patients.  These portals use two factor identification and presume substantial computer literacy from patients in their late 70s or 80s.   Yet, there are limits.  For many geriatric patients, a cell phone means a feature phone with gigantic numbers. If…

Trust

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