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We found 8 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Fort Worth, TX.

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's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. He practices in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Barker's areas of expertise include lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2260 College Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Morvarid Rezaie practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Fort Worth, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Rezaie is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Rezaie is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth for residency. Dr. Rezaie has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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

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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). Dr. Mathe accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
855 Montgomery Street; Floor 3
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Janet Lieto's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Lieto honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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Dr. Todd Duncan Pearson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
801 Seventh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Todd Pearson, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Pearson's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Pearson is affiliated with Cook Children's.

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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 works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family practitioner, and geriatrician in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Heffernan completed her residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heffernan takes.

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

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Legal Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
3437 W 7th St; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mark Sanders is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family practice physician, and geriatrician. Dr. Sanders accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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.