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.

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…

The Disappearing Doctor

A doctor joins a group.  Things seem to go well.  The doctor becomes popular in the community.  After a few years, things are not so well.  Maybe it’s the doctor’s fault.  Maybe the group is in turmoil.  Maybe it is just a bad fit. The doctor leaves.  Now there are issues:  Restrictive covenants;  Practice financial deficits;  New competition;  Unresolved anger issues on both sides. Patients call.  They…

When Doctors Sell Their Practices

Doctors are selling their practices!  In some areas, it feels like no practices are doctor owned.  It’s depressing.  The days of private practice seem to be dying. Big multispecialty groups are the future!  Everyone works with the same Electronic Health Record.  Efficiencies of scale allow us all to work smarter. No one gets lost in the system.  Bigger is better! Aligned…

Neurosurgery is Delicate

Neurosurgery is VERY DELICATE!!!Remember those days of medical school?  Remember when you followed the Neurosurgeon to the Operating Room?Back in 1991, I did this animation on an Amiga 3000 computer. Tweet

Doctors Going Over to the Dark Side

Over the years, I’ve watched primary care doctors leave their practices and become hospital administrators.  The reasons are obvious:  The paycheck and benefits are way better than being in clinical practice. Do these practitioners-turned-administrators bring any benefits to the hospital? More than anything, the benefit is those of us in regular practice still remember they were once…

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…