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.

Covid-19 Update

Something I quickly put together today, using Toon Boom Harmony. Yes, I know we have a bigger influenza problem in this country. In fact, our office is currently getting clobbered with influenza cases. Tweet

Coronavirus: Did the World Dodge a Bullet?

Coronavirus is certainly looking very bad.  Yet, a recent technology podcast, “Windows Weekly”, describes how it could be so much worse right now. Every year, in early January, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) convenes in Las Vegas.  I’ve attended many times in the past because I am a technology geek. It is huge. It is…

Pharmacy Rip-Offs

Generic Prozac is Fluoxetine.  It used to be $100 for 30 pills. Since it became generic, you can get 100 pills from Walmart for about $10.  You can get 30 pills for $4. CVS sent me a fax this past week:  “Your patient wants a drug which is less expensive.  30 pills of Fluoxetine 20mg…

Treating Diabetes has become Impossibly Expensive!

A patient came in this month with insulin-dependent diabetes.  Her Endocrinologist had placed her on a combination of a long-acting insulin (Lantus) and short-acting insulin (Humalog). She stated her situation bluntly: “I can’t afford it. It’s $300 a month!”Her insurance seemed like a reasonable plan.  I looked on GoodRx to check out the cash price.  Each…

Ingenio is Our New Pharmacy Plan….

We’re getting older and we’re on a couple of medications.   Our health plan is the same but they switched pharmacy plans to Ingenio.  Automated refills stopped. Payment preferences vanished. You have to go online and reset your preferences.  Dang! What were those passwords, again? I realized I needed to make a refill request and sent…

Coronavirus: Not at All Related to the Beer

The whole Coronavirus outbreak is getting a little worrisome.  No one knows where this is going and writing an article on this site will likely be outdated before it is even posted. Testing can only be done at the CDC. That creates a huge delay in getting information.  We don’t know how contagious this will…

When the War Comes To Your Office

It is my opinion that no computer system can survive an attack by a skilled and well-financed group of hackers. Most Electronic Medical Records vendors will make it sound like they are virtually invincible. I don’t believe it. When I heard about Iran’s program to attack computers, I worried. Get our awesome newsletter by signing…

Pharmacy Scams

The attached two faxes are part of a real pharmacy scam.  The patient and doctor identifiers have been blocked out. The name of the pharmacy is left intact. Here is how the scam works.  The pharmacy uses readily available databases to identify patients with diabetes.  They claim they call the patient or get them to…

Happy New Year from Big Pharma

It’s the New Year’s and drug companies immediately went to work raising prices. The quote I love is from the Arstechnica article:  In a statement to Reuters, Sanofi noted that its increases were in line with the company’s commitment to keep the rate of increases below “medical inflation.” Medical inflation? Obviously that’s a special kind…