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.

Congratulations! You now have Medicare! Here come the scams!

Overpriced back braces and knee braces. $800 arthritis creams which are no better than placebo. Marginal Quality Medicare Advantage HMO’s with tiny doctor networks.Poor quality diabetic testing supplies.Expensive Diabetic Shoes. Junk mail. Phone calls.  Emails. Text messages. Even door-to-door salespeople! Once you hit Medicare, you become a target for marketing.Much of this nonsense eventually comes…

Some Of Us Will Live Too Long

Can we live too long? How is that possible? A recent editorial in the Washington Post hinted at the problem:https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-need-a-major-redesign-of-life/2019/11/29/a63daab2-1086-11ea-9cd7-a1becbc82f5e_story.html “Wait,” you may say. “I thought life expectancy was decreasing.”There are two trends happening in the US. Yes, life expectancy is getting shorter overall. But, this is also a classic case of the “haves and…

“I only do hypoallergenic medicines!”

A couple of times a year, I’ll go to prescribe a medication and the patient will remind me: “Don’t give me anything with Red Dye Number 6.” That’s when I try to find a reason to not prescribe anything. Sometimes, however, you’re stuck. You write the prescription. No one has any idea what dye is…

It’s a Question of Balance.

I recently encountered a primary care concierge doctor, with otherwise excellent credentials, who claims he limits his total patient panel to 250 patients. He spends two to three hours or more on the first patient visit and at least an hour or two on subsequent visits.  These are all people under age 65, so I doubt…

Our Drug Safety Crisis

The “ARB drugs contaminated with carcinogens” debacle has totally undermined all faith in the safety of our drug supply.  It is a nightmare for our patients, physicians, and pharmacists as we grapple for replacement drugs.   The problem is the ARB drug class is a fantastic drug category, offering efficacy and risk reduction with minimal side effects. Meanwhile,…

Flu Vaccine Shortage!

It appears there is a shortage of the high dose influenza vaccine for those over 65. Hmmm…  Could this be part of a plot to bump off Medicare recipients to save money? Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you. Tweet

Good surgeons Versus Good Bedside Manner

Good surgeons versus good bedside manner.More than two decades ago, our regional hospital started an open heart surgery program.  The new heart surgeon had a stellar record and we all met with him as the program readied for its launch. A common statement was circulated among the doctors:  “He’s a really nice guy.  I hope that means he’s…

When Physician Groups Sell Their Souls

For many years, hospital systems in our area did not like owning medical practices.  Now, a huge acquisition binge is taking place. Groups, both big and small, are getting bought by hospitals. To increase their sale value, the groups try to stay together.  Restrictive covenants are the big tool.  The hospital will take over the job of enforcer…

Ransomware: Coming to a Computer Near You

Using our office computer, I logged onto the website of our town’s surgical group.  I got what I thought was a weird dialog about running cookies and I clicked out of it. Suddenly the browser started acting odd and then normalized. In a few minutes, the problem became clear.  Malware was on my machine. This one was…