We found 11 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Medicaid near Fairfax, VA.

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Dr. Loren L Friedman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
8503 Arlington Boulevard; Suite 400
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Loren Friedman specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine and practices in Arlington, VA and Fairfax, VA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Virginia Hospital Center. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his residency, Dr. Friedman trained at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Friedman is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received distinctions including End of Life Care Physician Support Grant, Prince Charitable Trusts; Roxane Scholars Cleveland Clinic Palliative Care Program, Roxane Pharmaceuticals; and Haynes Rice Community Service Award, District of Columbia Hospital Association.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. James Muir is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult oncology specialist. Dr. Muir is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Muir attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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Dr. Jessica Sutherland Heintz, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3300 Gallows Road; Department of Medicine
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Jessica Heintz is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Heintz obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. She has received the following distinctions: Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine and Top Doctor, Northern Virginia magazine. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. James Groninger practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Groninger is affiliated with Washington Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Groninger has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Virginia.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Other, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9901 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Cecilia Chukwu is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Chukwu accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She attended the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Howard University Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Civista Medical Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. William Anderson is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Henrico Doctors' Hospital - Parham, and Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Anderson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Jacklyn Nkrumah is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). She is professionally affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Nkrumah attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Nkrumah (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation and Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
9725 Burke View Court
Burke, VA
 

Dr. Corrine Lahti is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and emergency medicine specialist in Alexandria, VA, Burke, VA, and Falls Church, VA. Dr. Lahti is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She is professionally affiliated with Civista Medical Center.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Natalie Kontakos specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Inova Alexandria Hospital. Dr. Kontakos takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Queen's University, Ontario, Dr. Kontakos attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Kontakos offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Matthew Kestenbaum's specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Kestenbaum graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. Mary O'Rourke practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and psychiatry. Dr. O'Rourke is affiliated with Washington Hospital Center. She is in-network for Medicaid insurance. She obtained her medical school training at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina.

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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.
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