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We found 5 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Medicare near New Hartford, NY.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
807 Newell Street
Utica, NY
 

Dr. Atul Butala is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult hematology, and adult oncology specialist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid. He graduated from Topiwala National Medical College. Dr. Butala is affiliated with Rome Memorial Hospital and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

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Dr. Nathaniel Stuart Gould, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
1729 Burrstone Road
New Hartford, NY
 

Dr. Nathaniel Gould is a rehabilitation physician and hospice and palliative medicine specialist in New Hartford, NY. Dr. Gould graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gould (or staff) speaks Bosnian, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Gould's professional affiliations include St. Luke's Division and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2209 Genesee Street
Utica, NY
 

Dr. Mark Warfel's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Warfel average 5.0 stars out of 5. Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Warfel takes. Dr. Warfel is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Warfel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Bosnian, and Sign Language.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
8411 Seneca Turnpike
New Hartford, NY
 

Dr. William Krause specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine and practices in New Hartford, NY. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Krause accepts the following insurance: Child Health Plus, Medicaid, and Medicare. He is affiliated with St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
120 Hobart Street
Utica, NY
 

Dr. Kevin Mathews is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family medicine physician in Utica, NY. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid. Dr. Mathews studied medicine at Sapienza University of Rome. Dr. Mathews (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Croatian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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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.