We found 12 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

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Dr. Gustavo Alberto Alza Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
5224 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gustavo Alza's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Alza is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Alza (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Hospice, Mood Disorders

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
1133 S Central Avenue; Suite 1
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practitioner in Glendale, CA. Dr. Hmayakyan graduated from Yerevan State Medical University. He trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hmayakyan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. His professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - Glendale and Adventist Health System.

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Dr. Carin Van Zyl, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Carin Van Zyl's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. In her practice, she is particularly interested in palliative care. Her professional affiliations include USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles County (LAC) + University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She honors Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Van Zyl has received distinctions including Values in Action Award for Service with a Sense of Urgency, City of Hope; Board of Trustees Scholarship Award for 4.0 GPA in medical school; and Graduated first out of 182 from Chicago Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care

Dr. Patty Peiyun Wu, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Patty Wu's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wu graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Wu is affiliated with HealthCare Partners, LLC.

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Dr. Debra Sue Lotstein, MD, MPH
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms #170
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Debra Lotstein is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lotstein include hospice (end-of-life care). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2020 Zonal Avenue; Ird 622
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Vishva Lakshman is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lakshman include hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Lakshman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Kannada. Dr. Lakshman's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

Dr. Khurram Jehangir Khan, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 3000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Khurram Khan practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and surgery. Dr. Khan studied medicine at Dow Medical College. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Ilanit Brook, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 54
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ilanit Brook is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brook include palliative care and complementary or alternative therapy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Complementary or Alternative Therapy

Dr. Alexander James Madonis, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Madonis specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Madonis has a special interest in hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Madonis accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Madonis has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Bassett Brown sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Saint Helena, CA. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aaron Storms works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She practices in Los Angeles, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Cadry average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cadry accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.
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