Pathways palliative care program provides case management support and services to Independent Health Medicare Advantage and most Senior Blue and BlueCross BlueShield WNY* members faced with serious and progressive illness. Improved quality of life is our number one goal. Click here to make a secure on-line referral now to the Pathways Palliative Care Program.
* Some BCBS WNY groups may be excluded
Individuals with a serious illness or health problem
may benefit from palliative care. Palliative care is
the total care of individuals with serious, often chronic illness. It emphasizes relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, integrates the
physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of patient care. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team to patients living with a chronic, often progressive illness and their families.
The palliative care team works in partnership with the patient's physician to coordinate and case manage care at no additional costs to eligible patients. Palliative care does not
replace primary treatment; it works together with the primary treatment individuals
may be receiving to address their disease or illness.
It can be provided at the same time as curative treatment. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering,
and improve quality of life.
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Palliative care from Pathways
can ease symptoms and assist in dealing with:
- Breathing problems
- Depression and exhaustion
- Loss of appetite and nausea
- Pain and other symptoms
- Sleeping problems or fatigue
- Spiritual and emotional issues
program can also help with:
- Education about disease/illness and decision
- Coping strategies
- Coordination of health care and navigating the
- Advance care planning and planning for the future
- Access to community support services
- Support for family members
The Pathways palliative care program provides a team approach to patient-centered care.
team members recognize and understand that knowing who the patient is and what
their wishes are help improve the care we can provide to ease pain and other
symptoms, as well as emotional suffering and stress.
Pathways services from
experts in the field provide relief from distressing symptoms and can also help
patients deal with side effects of medical treatments.
Any Independent Health Medicare Advantage or qualified BlueCross BlueShield WNY member* facing serious, progressive illness including, but not limited to
the following conditions may be eligible.
whether or not the patient is undergoing active treatment with radiation
- Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Heart Failure (CHF)
- Progressive Neurological
Alzheimer's disease or other dementia
hospitalizations or emergency room visits
*Eligibility will be determined on referral.
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