We found 8 hospice and palliative medicine specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Fort Worth, TX.

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Dr. Jerry Lee Barker Jr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Radiation Oncology
1300 West Terrell Avenue; Plaza Level
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Barker's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Barker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
1650 West Rosedale; Suite 301
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Morvarid Rezaie is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). She attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rezaie include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Rezaie welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
855 Montgomery Street; Floor 3
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Janet Lieto practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Lieto takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Mathe sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mathe completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Mathe is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Fort Worth.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
855 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Heffernan's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Fort Worth, TX and Dallas, TX. Dr. Heffernan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Heffernan attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
1400 8th Avenue; Wadley Tower, Suite 550
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology specialist. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Dr. Todd Duncan Pearson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine
1500 Cooper Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Todd Pearson, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Pearson graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pearson takes. Dr. Pearson is professionally affiliated with Cook Children's.

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Dr. J Steven Welch, DO
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
855 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. J. Welch works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and family practice physician. He is affiliated with Weatherford Regional Medical Center. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Dr. Welch is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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