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Palliative Care for VNSNY CHOICE Medicare Patients

VNSNY CHOICE Medicare offers specialized palliative care for patients living with a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families through strategies to prevent rapid decline, including early identification of the need for palliative care and relief of suffering through the treatment of pain and other challenges, whether physical, psychosocial, or spiritual.

The patient’s primary care physician (PCP) remains in charge of the patient’s overall care, writes orders, and sees the patient for office visits during the course of palliative care. A Palliative Care team works in partnership with the PCP and the patient’s other doctors, to communicate and align on treatment goals and provide support to the patient and their family and/or caregiver.

If you have a VNSNY CHOICE Medicare patient who you think would benefit from palliative care, please email the required information (see directly below) to

Information required for referral:

  • Patient’s name and date of birth
  • Patient’s VNSNY CHOICE ID number (if available)
  • Patient’s address and phone number
  • Patient’s diagnosis
  • Referring physician’s name and phone number

Palliative Care Frequently Asked Questions