Palliative care is patient- and family- centered care that improves quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care does not require the member to have a life expectancy of six (6) months of less and may be provided at the same time as curative care.
Palliative care includes:
- Advanced care planning
- Palliative care assessment and consultation
- Plan of care with a physician, nurse, social worker, and/or chaplain
- Care coordination
- Pain and symptom management
- Mental health and medical social services
Adults who are age 21 or older cannot receive both palliative care and hospice care at the same time. If you are getting palliative care and meet the eligibility for hospice care, you can ask to change to hospice care at any time. Please contact your health plan for a referral to palliative care.