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We found 5 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
3506 21st Street; Suite 501
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Joyce Hnatek works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practice physician. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
3601 4th Street; Ms 8143
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Klein's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; she sees patients in Lubbock, TX and Littlefield, TX. She studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Klein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
3601 4th Street; Stop 8143
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Roger Ragain's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; he sees patients in Lubbock, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ragain has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
3615 19th Street; W322
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Melanie Oblender is a specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric hematology, and pediatric oncology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. Dr. Oblender studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
3601 4th Street; Stop 8143
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Tommie Farrell practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Farrell graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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.