We found 3 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Carrollton, TX.

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Dr. James David Mackey, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
7415 Las Colinas Boulevard; Suite 1
Southlake, TX

Dr. James Mackey's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Mackey speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, sinus cancer, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB), and Texas Health Plano. Dr. Mackey is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Rachenetta V Stimage, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
4343 N Josey Lane
Carrollton, TX

Dr. Rachenetta Stimage is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Stimage's areas of expertise include well woman care, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stimage studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Menopause, Adolescent Gynecology, Infertility, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Pelvic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
4343 North Josey Lane
Carrollton, TX

Dr. Brieanna Nation-Howard is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nation-Howard is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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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