Alive Palliative Care

Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Serious Illnesses

Palliative care provides an extra layer of comfort and support for patients with many types of serious illness who suffer from symptoms of their disease or seeking advance care planning.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a medical specialty designed to provide individualized, whole person care for patients with serious and end-stage illnesses. Our palliative care specialists work closely with a patient’s existing care team to help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, breathlessness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and weakness. They also focus on learning what is most important to patients to ensure that treatment plans align with personal goals and values. 

Typical elements of a palliative care plan include:

  • In-depth symptom management for pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, fatigue, appetite loss, etc.
  • Aligning life goals and personal values with medical care so patients can focus their time and energy on  what matters most to them.
  • Advance care planning: Help with legal documents to make medical preferences clear to family and health care providers.

How is palliative care different from hospice care?

Palliative care is also called supportive care and symptom management. It is similar to hospice care in that it focuses on relief of suffering and symptom management. However, palliative care is available at any time during a serious illness and can be delivered concurrently with curative therapy.

Palliative care improves quality of life.

Palliative care focuses on understanding what is important for patients to maximize their quality of life while living with their serious illness. Studies have shown that oncology patients who receive palliative care as part of their treatment typically report better quality of life, fewer symptoms, higher overall satisfaction with their care and a possible increase in longevity. In fact, the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends that all patients with advanced cancer receive palliative care.* However, palliative care can improve functionality and quality of life in patients with many types of serious illness. 

Who Can Benefit?

Palliative care can benefit patients with a wide range of serious diseases. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:         

  • Dementia 
  • Cancer 
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CHF, CAD, Cardiomyopathy) 
  • End Stage Liver Disease
  • Stage IV, V and End Stage Renal Disease 
  • AIDS 
  • Neuromuscular Diseases (ALS, MS) 
  • Pulmonary Disease (COPD, Cystic Fibrosis) 
  • Stroke/CVA

How can I access Alive Palliative Care services?

Alive’s Palliative Care services are currently available exclusively through our partners: Tennessee Oncology and TriStar Health. Patients receiving care from these partners of Alive can request a consultation through their current care team. Doctors in these systems can make direct referrals to Alive.

How do palliative care visits work?

The Alive Palliative Care team is a separate specialist consultation. However, the team works closely with a patient’s existing providers to coordinate care. 

How does insurance coverage and billing for palliative services work? 

A palliative care visit is a separate specialist visit and is billed separately. Alive can coordinate with the insurance provider ahead of time to determine any co-pays or fees. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions.

For more information on Alive Palliative Care: 615-679-4500

“Our palliative care partnership with Alive complements our quality-of-life goals for Tennessee Oncology patients. As a team, we can best assess stressful or negative symptoms and develop a plan to manage them.”

– Tennessee Oncology’s Chief Medical Officer, Natalie Dickson, M.D.

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*Source: Ferrell BR, Temel JS, Temin S, et al. Integration of palliative care into standard oncology care: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2017; 35(1):96-112