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We found 10 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

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

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. After attending Yerevan State Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hmayakyan has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hmayakyan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Van Zyl's clinical interests encompass palliative care. She takes Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Van Zyl completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her distinctions include: 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. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care

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

Dr. Debra Lotstein specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Lotstein's areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lotstein's training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Hospice

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 (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Brook include palliative care and alternative medicine. Dr. Brook takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Alternative Medicine

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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Madonis include hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. Dr. Madonis is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to English, he speaks Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Madonis is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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

Dr. Vishva Lakshman is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is especially interested in hospice (end-of-life care), general care, and palliative care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lakshman graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Lakshman trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, General Care, Hospice

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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). Dr. Wu studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Bassett Brown practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian.

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

Dr. Aaron Storms' specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Storms speaks Spanish. He takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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

Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Cadry (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Cadry studied medicine at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cadry takes.

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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.