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.

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…

The Most Delicious Time of the Year!

About this time, our office is packed with various wonderful goodies.  Between every patient, we pause to stuff our face with something amazing.  By the end of the day, our stomachs are dragging on the ground. When mid-January arrives, however, the food is gone. There are no snacks to be found.  If you’re lucky, you…

Pretend Specialists

In our area, if you send a patient for a specialty evaluation, this is often what you get….In case you don’t understand the reference, check out these YouTube ads: https://youtu.be/eHCTaUFXpP8 https://youtu.be/8dOHEw8izno (Check them out, anyway!  They’re hilarious!) Tweet

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…