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AtlantiCare is pleased to announce our advance care planning service as part of the patient-centered care we provide. It allows you to clearly outline your personal choices about treatment options for circumstances in which you are not able to speak for yourself.

For Patients & Families

 For Providers: 


(AtlantiCare) made it so easy and comfortable to have this conversation. They were a blessing and quite helpful. Thank you. - Brigantine patient

acp group imageMy Health, My Wishes, My Choice

Advance care planning is an important aspect of the patient-centered care we provide at AtlantiCare. Advance care planning allows you to clearly outline your personal choices about treatment options that take into account your personal values, beliefs, and preferences.

How does an advance healthcare directive work?

An advance healthcare directive is a legal document. It specifies the types of medical treatment you wish to receive (or not receive) in circumstances when you cannot communicate with medical providers and loved ones.
An important part of your healthcare plan is designating your healthcare agent or spokesperson. In New Jersey, this is also referred to as a medical representative or proxy.

This person would speak on your behalf if you become unable to speak for yourself. The person you choose as your healthcare agent makes sure your healthcare wishes are known and followed. The only legal requirements are that your healthcare representative must be at least 18 years old and that he/she not be your doctor or any employee of ARMC.

Completing an advance directive does not mean you will not receive care; it helps care providers tailor medical care to your needs and personal preferences. You have the right to accept or refuse medical care. Having an advance directive protects this right.

(Advance Care Planning) was a good help and that it is important to helping determine healthcare decisions. - Atlantic City patient

But I’m young and in good health. Why should I plan my future care now?

acp provider imageA common misbelief about advance care planning is that only older or very sick people need written healthcare directives. However, life can change in a moment for anyone at any age. Traumatic accidents and sudden serious illnesses can happen, even to young people and those in the prime of life.

For this reason, we strongly encourage all adults age 18 and older to prepare an advance healthcare directive and select a healthcare agent. With your treatment preferences clearly established in writing, your medical team will know exactly what care to provide should you ever become critically injured or mentally unresponsive and unable to communicate.

In addition, advance care planning will make a time of uncertainty and urgency less stressful for those closest to you. They’ll have greater peace of mind knowing your wishes and decisions are being carried out as you intended.

Who should receive a copy of my advance directive?

Keep the original document for yourself in a safe place. Copies should be given to your regular medical care provider(s), such as your primary care physician, local hospital, nursing home, clergy or hospice.

If you have a family attorney, he or she should receive a copy. If you have named a healthcare agent, this person should also have a copy. You might also consider giving a copy to anyone else close to you who might need to become involved in treatment decisions for you.

What if I change my mind?

We understand circumstances change over time. Your advance healthcare directive may be withdrawn or updated at any time. Discuss these changes with your regular medical care provider(s) or a  certified facilitator. They can meet with you to help you update or change your treatment choices or name a different person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf.

We recommend you review your advance care plan on a regular basis to ensure your healthcare providers have up-to-date information about your treatment choices and personal wishes.

I leaned the importance of an advance directive and what it means. - Atlantic City patient

How do I start the process?

acp paper imageThe Advance Care Planning program at AtlantiCare is here to guide you every step of the way through this process. We will help you understand your options and make informed decisions. We’ll also help you navigate the process of making your choices known to loved ones and fi nding a healthcare agent to represent you.

It’s never too early to plan for your future healthcare.
Call us today to find out more about the Advance Care Planning program at AtlantiCare.

For additional information, please contact your AtlantiCare Primary Care Plus office, call 1-888-569-1000  or email: advancecareplanning@atlanticare.org 

 Advance Directive (Living Wills)

Downloadable Forms

Advance Directive for Health Care (Living Will)

Directiva Anticipada Para La Atención Médica (Testamento Vital)

New Jersey practitioner orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST)

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What is an Advanced Directive? (NJ Department of Health)

Take the Advance Directive Quiz

Advance Care Planning Appointment Locations

Brigantine APG:
353 12th St. South
Brigantine, NJ 08203
Phone: 609-266-7557

Special Care Center:
1401 Atlantic Ave
Suite 2500
Atlantic City NJ 08401

Infectious Disease Clinic:
1401 Atlantic Ave
Suite 2200
Atlantic City NJ 08401



AtlantiCare Enhanced Care Center (DSRIP)

A new approach to managing complex medical conditions for patients with Diabetes and Hypertension who have Medicaid, Charity Care or Medicare/Medicaid.

The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program is one component of the New Jersey's Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver as approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). DSRIP is a demonstration program designed to result in better care for individuals (including access to care, quality of care, health outcomes), better health for the population, and lower costs by transitioning hospital funding to a model where payment is contingent on achieving health improvement goals.

If you have a complicated medical condition, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, cardiovascular disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you know how difficult it is to manage and coordinate all of the providers.

The highly specialized staff at the AtlantiCare Enhanced Care Center is ready to help improve your health, simplify your life, and reduce your out-of-pocket medical expenses.

What's Different about Receiving Care at the Enhanced Care Center?

  • At the ECC you will be at the center of a team working together to coordinate and manage your care.
  • Your personal health coach will be by your side every step of the way, and will also keep the care team informed of your care plan and progress.
  • The ECC features a convenient on-site pharmacy where you can fill your prescriptions right after your appointment.
  • And as a member of the ECC, your physician co-pays will be waived and most of your medications will be completely free.

Call today to see if you qualify to participate in the AtlantiCare Enhanced Care Center.

Located in Atlantic City at the AtlantiCare Health Plex, hours of operation- Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm.

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AtlantiCare has repeatedly been recognized as a top performer in cardiac care:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2016-207)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 11Years in a Row (2007-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2015-2017)

Not only is AtlantiCare nationally recognized, but we also offer the expertise of the region’s only full-service heart program. One more reason to turn to us when you need heart care.

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Lung CT Screening



If all of these apply to you, contact us to schedule a low-dose CT screening:

check-box You're between ages 55 and 77
check-box You don't have signs or symptoms of lung cancer
check-box You've smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or at least two packs a day for 15 years
check-box You currently smoke or you quit within the past 15 years.


AtlantiCare offers the full spectrum of care from a multidisciplinary team of leading specialists:

  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Oncologists

It’s been proven that an early lung cancer diagnosis can give patients a better chance for successful treatment. And the most effective way to get there is through a screening.

It’s important for you to know that Medicare and a majority of all private insurers now cover low-dose CT scans for people considered high risk for lung cancer. This is vital because our low-dose CT scan enables physicians to pinpoint lung cancer early.

The importance of a Lung CT Screening

As you may know, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US. So it’s important to know the results of a National Lung Screening Trial found the low-dose screening (as opposed to chest x-rays) reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20%. Additionally, screening at an early stage is critical because 90% of people with lung cancer die, in part because it’s found at an advanced stage.

If our specialists do find lung cancer, AtlantiCare is there for you every step of the way. We coordinate everything from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment, imaging studies, clinical trials, support and more.

To have a screening done, you’ll need a prescription from your physician, so please call your provider to request one.


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