We found 10 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, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
8503 Arlington Boulevard; Suite 400
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Loren Friedman sees patients in Fairfax, VA and Arlington, VA. His medical specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), pain medicine, and family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Friedman speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Virginia Hospital Center. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Friedman's residency was performed at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He has received the following distinctions: 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 specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult oncology. Dr. Muir honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center.

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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 specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Falls Church, VA. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. Before performing her residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Heintz attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Heintz has received professional recognition including the following: Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine and Top Doctor, Northern Virginia magazine.

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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). She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Chukwu completed her residency training 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
Falls Church, VA
 

Dr. James Groninger is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Groninger has an open panel. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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, Emergency Medicine
9725 Burke View Court
Burke, VA
 

Dr. Corrine Lahti is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine. She works in Alexandria, VA, Burke, VA, and Falls Church, VA. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lahti graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Civista Medical Center.

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

Dr. Jacklyn Nkrumah works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, hospitalist, and geriatrician in Manassas, VA and Falls Church, VA. Dr. Nkrumah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. She is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Nkrumah's education and training includes medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and residency at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Nkrumah accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare.

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

Dr. Natalie Kontakos' specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. She practices in Falls Church, VA. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Queen's University, Ontario. Dr. Kontakos offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Kontakos is professionally affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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

Dr. William Anderson specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and practices in Fairfax, VA and Richmond, VA. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Anderson attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Parham Doctors Hospital, and Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital.

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

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

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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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