We found 12 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

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Dr. Gustavo Alberto Alza Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
5224 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gustavo Alza is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Alza has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Elder Care, Hospice, Mood Disorders

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
1133 S Central Avenue; Suite 1
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Samvel Hmayakyan's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine; he sees patients in Glendale, CA. Dr. Hmayakyan is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Yerevan State Medical University, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hmayakyan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. His professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - Glendale and Adventist Health System.

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Dr. Patty Peiyun Wu, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Patty Wu is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wu speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners, LLC.

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Dr. Debra Sue Lotstein, MD, MPH
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms #170
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Debra Lotstein, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Areas of expertise for Dr. Lotstein include hospice (end-of-life care). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hospice

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2020 Zonal Avenue; Ird 622
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Vishva Lakshman sees patients in San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Her clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care), internal medicine, and palliative care. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lakshman attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Lakshman speaks Kannada. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Internal Medicine, Hospice

Dr. Khurram Jehangir Khan, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 3000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Khurram Khan works as a physiatrist, hospice and palliative medicine specialist, and surgeon. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khan's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Ilanit Brook, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 54
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ilanit Brook is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests encompass palliative care and complementary or alternative therapy. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Brook is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Brook is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Complementary or Alternative Therapy

Dr. Alexander James Madonis, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Madonis is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He works in San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Madonis trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Madonis include hospice (end-of-life care), internal medicine, and palliative care. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Madonis is conversant in Polish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Palliative Care, Internal Medicine, Hospice

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Bassett Brown specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Dr. Brown is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
2020 Zonal Avenue; # Ird306
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Carin Van Zyl practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine in Los Angeles, CA. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Van Zyl (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aaron Storms' area of specialization is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Storms speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
2707 S Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mehrangiz Cadry is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and family medicine. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cadry is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.

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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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