A specialty of medicine focusing on the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness.
In simple terms, palliative medicine is specialized medical care provided in combination with curative treatment of serious illness. Palliative services are provided to patient in whatever setting they call home. Palliative medicine does not replace current clinical care. Rather, it is a medical specialty to address symptoms and care management.
Palliative Care is:
Palliative Care: Frequently Asked Questions
- For anyone who is severely or chronically ill
- A medical specialty
- Not dependent on prognosis
- Medicare Part B billing
(E/M- Evaluation and Management)
- Medication reconciliation
- Goals of care discussions
- Pain and symptom management
+Why is Palliative Care a benefit to patients?
Palliative care is a benefit to patients who are seriously ill with multiple co-morbidities with uncontrolled symptoms. Because Palliative Care is a medical specialty, patients receive medical treatment for their pain and symptom management issues. Palliative Care is not dependent on set criteria or treatment options. Palliative Care also provides assistance with advanced care planning and goals of care discussions.
+How is Palliative Care paid for?
Palliative Care is billed under Medicare Part B, or through commercial insurance,as professional services (like a physician’s visit). There are no hidden fees and no co-pays are required by Paradigm Living Concepts Palliative Care.
+Does Palliative Care impact Medicare Part A?
No. Palliative care consultations and visits are billed to Medicare Part B, or per commercial payor guidelines. These services are deemed as professional services and are billed as other physician/practitioner consult services are billed.
+Does Palliative Care replace my primary care physician?
No. Palliative Care does not replace current medical care, rather, it is a specialty consultative medical practice that addresses symptoms and care management. Paradigm Living Concepts Nurse Practitioners maintain regular contact with a patient’s primary physician to provide collaborative and consistent care.
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