How do I know if Palliative Care is right for me?
If you have a chronic illness with challenging symptoms, you may benefit from Palliative Care. The interdisciplinary team assists the patient and family with symptom management and goals of care to help the patient improve their quality of life.
Do I have to stop my current treatment to receive Palliative Care?
No. The Palliative Care Team works with your doctors throughout the course of your treatment.
When should Palliative Care begin?
Palliative Care can begin at any time during a serious illness when the patient or family is suffering or having difficulty coping.
Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?
No. Palliative Care helps people manage the pain, symptoms and stress of illness at any point in the disease process. Hospice helps those in the final phase of a serious illness. Should hospice care become appropriate, the Palliative Care Team can help make that transition, if desired.
Does insurance cover palliative care?
Most insurance plans cover all or a portion of the Palliative Care treatment received. A social worker can speak with you about any financial concerns.
How do I arrange services?
For patients in the hospital, a Palliative Care consult may be requested through the physician in charge. For outpatients, please call 908-237-7018 to set up an appointment.
Rachana J. Kothari, MDInternal Medicine
Larisa Golub, MDPrimary Care Physician
Katherine M. Fox, MDInternal Medicine
S. Shekar Chakravarthi, MDPrimary Care Physician
Susan M. Bauman, MDPrimary Care Physician
Colleen Bell, APN, NP-CAdvanced Practice Nurse
Mary Ann Balut, DNP, APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
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Michelle Tufaro, MSW, LSWSocial Work Coordinator
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