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 is a specialist in acupuncture, hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and gynecologic oncology. She works in Dallas, TX, Midland, TX, and Sulphur Springs, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Matthews include ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and robotic surgery. Dr. Matthews is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Matthews attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Matthews has received the following distinctions: 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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Clinical interests: Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Nutrition Issues, Ovarian Cancer, Palliative Care, Hospice, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Fine, who practices in Dallas, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Fine's areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fine honors. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Fine has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally 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
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 605, Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Mark Casanova is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Casanova graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Casanova is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

Dr. Jennifer Heffernan's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Heffernan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Kopita is an adult critical care specialist, hospice and palliative medicine specialist, and adult pulmonologist in Dallas, TX. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Kopita honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs' specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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

Dr. Ann Nguyen specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen's medical residency was performed at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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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