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We found 6 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Shield HMO near Oakland, CA.

Dr. Gaurav Mathur, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
350 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Gaurav Mathur's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Mathur attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Mathur (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Mathur is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jagmohan Singh Khaira, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1050 Marina Village Parkway; Suite 101
Alameda, CA
 

Dr. Jagmohan Khaira, who practices in Alameda, CA, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He speaks Punjabi. His areas of clinical interest consist of hospice (end-of-life care), geriatric health, and general care. Dr. Khaira is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus and Alameda Hospital. Dr. Khaira attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jeffrey Neal Stoneberg, DO
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
350 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Stoneberg's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Stoneberg accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Andrea Minor Thach, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3260 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Thach specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Thach takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Thach is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom, and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: General Care

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Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
2070 Clinton Avenue; 3rd Floor
Alameda, CA
 

Dr. Denis Bouvier specializes in adult hospital medicine and hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, and Milpitas, CA. Dr. Bouvier's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, and Alameda Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. Unfortunately, Dr. Bouvier is not accepting new patients at this time. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Sonja Kassuba, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
350 Hawthorne Avenue; Hospice and Palliative Care Division
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Sonja Kassuba sees patients in Berkeley, CA and Oakland, CA. Her medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Kassuba is conversant in German. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. She graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. She completed her residency training at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kassuba honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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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.