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We found 4 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Cigna FocusIn Flex Silver 2000 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 sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Barker include lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He has received the following distinction: 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

Dr. Terri King Weinman, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neonatology
801 7th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Terri Weinman is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and neonatology. She takes United Healthcare Compass, Cigna FocusIn, and Cigna Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dr. Weinman attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and 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 is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family practice physician, and geriatrician in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heffernan obtained her medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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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, who practices in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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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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.