We found 6 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Fort Worth, TX.

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Dr. Jerry Lee Barker Jr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Radiation Oncology
1300 West Terrell Avenue; Plaza Level
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Barker practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Barker include lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Barker attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Barker is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Mathe's area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Mathe trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mathe has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1650 West Rosedale; Suite 301
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Morvarid Rezaie's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Clinical interests for Dr. Rezaie include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Rezaie is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shawnta R Pittman-Hobbs, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
1400 8th Avenue; Wadley Tower, Suite 550
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. 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 studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She 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
855 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Heffernan's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX. Dr. Heffernan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Todd Duncan Pearson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
1500 Cooper Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Todd Pearson is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist. Dr. Pearson graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Cook Children's.

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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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