FAQ's

Palliative Patient and Family Support Services

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Palliative Care?
  2. Who is eligible for Palliative Care?
  3. Is Palliative Care covered by my Insurance?
  4. When is the right time for Palliative Care?
  5. Does Palliative Care replace my Primary Physician?
  6. Is Palliative Care the same as hospice?
  7. Does Jefferson Regional offer hospice services?

1. What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for hospital patients with serious illnesses. Focus is placed on relieving suffering and improving a patient’s quality of life.

2. Who is eligible for Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an inpatient service.  Patients can receive a Palliative Care Physician Consult one of two ways. 

  1. Referral by the Primary Attending Physician
  2. The Patient or their family can request a consult

3. Is Palliative Care covered by my Insurance?

Yes, the Physician Consult is covered by most major medical plans.

4. When is the right time for Palliative Care?

Palliative Care helps through all the stages of an illness.  it is best introduced early in your care and is provided as the same time as your curative treatment.

5. Does Palliative Care replace my Primary Physician?

No, Palliative Care does not replace your primary attending physician.  Your Primary Attending Physician and the Palliative Care department works together as a team.

6. Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice?

No.  Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life.  Palliative Care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

7. Does Jefferson Regional offer Hospice Services?

Jefferson Regional has contracts with five area Hospice Agencies which allows us to offer our patients and their families freedom of choice when it comes to their loved ones end of life care.  We currently have contracts with Family Hospice & Palliative Care, Harmony Hospice, Three Rivers Hospice & Palliative Care, Heartland Hospice, and Gentiva Hospice (formerly Odyssey Hospice.)


Jefferson Regional Medical Center
565 Coal Valley Road
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
412-469-5000

Physician Referral:
412-469-7000

Community Programs:
412-469-7100

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