We found 7 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Cigna Gold EPO near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Carolyn Michelle Matthews, MD
Specializes in Acupuncture, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology
3410 Worth Street; Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Carolyn Matthews' specialties are acupuncture, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and gynecologic oncology. She practices in Dallas, TX, Midland, TX, and Sulphur Springs, TX. Dr. Matthews studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Matthews completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her areas of expertise consist of ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Matthews accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; Excellence in Teaching Award, Baylor University Medical Center; and Excellence in Teaching Award, U.T. Southwestern Medical School. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Robert Lee Fine, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3434 Swiss Avenue; Suite 205
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Robert Fine's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Fine's areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Dr. Mark Andrew Casanova, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3434 Swiss Avenue; Suite 205
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Mark Casanova's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Casanova takes. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Casanova speaks Spanish. Dr. Casanova is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Jeffrey Michael Kopita, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 960
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kopita's areas of specialization are adult critical care, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and adult pulmonology. Dr. Kopita's clinical interests include administrative medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Kopita attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Administrative Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Delia Heffernan, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Heffernan specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Heffernan is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Shawnta Renee Pittman-Hobbs, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology specialist. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 605, Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Ann Nguyen is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practice physician in Dallas, TX. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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.