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We found 9 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 is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. His areas of expertise consist of lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Dr. Barker obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Barker accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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 is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist in Fort Worth, TX. After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. Her clinical interests include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rezaie takes. Dr. Rezaie has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She welcomes new patients.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mathe's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Mathe 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She is affiliated with Texas Health Resources. She obtained her medical school training at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Lieto accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine. He is affiliated with Cook Children's. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pearson's education and training includes medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Dr. J Steven Welch, DO
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
855 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. J. Welch's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Weatherford Regional Medical Center. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Welch attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

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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 specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Heffernan attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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 physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally 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' specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), legal medicine, and family medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanders takes. Dr. Sanders attended medical school at 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.