We found 4 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept United Healthcare Bronze HMO near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care
3401 Civic Center Boulevard; Division of Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Eileen Rhee's specialties are pediatric hospice and palliative medicine and pediatric critical care. She is professionally affiliated with Seattle Children's and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Rhee performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Amy Christine Trowbridge MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Amy Downing is a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist. Dr. Downing honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is affiliated with Seattle Children's and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Joshua A Jones MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Radiation Oncology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Joshua Jones' specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. Dr. Jones has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer pain, metastatic cancer, and radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Cancer Pain, Radiation Therapy, Metastatic Cancer

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
205 Rhyle Lane
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Dr. Jonathan Gelfand is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He is professionally affiliated with Nazareth Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Gelfand graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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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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