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We found 5 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, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. Dr. Barker's areas of clinical interest 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes residency programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Barker has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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 pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and neonatology specialist. She studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Children's Medical Center Dallas for her residency. Dr. Weinman accepts United Healthcare Compass, Cigna FocusIn, and Cigna Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinman 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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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
855 Montgomery Street; Floor 3
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Janet Lieto specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lieto honors. Dr. Lieto graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

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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 areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Heffernan trained at Summa Akron City Hospital for residency. She is 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 hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology specialist in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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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.