Advance Care Planning

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Dr. Vipul Bhatia

Vipul Bhatia is the Medical Director for Continuing Care Services at WellSpan Health. Dr. Bhatia provides system leadership for organizational efforts in the areas of population health through advancement of clinically integrated network strategy; skilled nursing preferred partnership efforts; and palliative care and hospice strategy. He is the clinical lead for WellSpan’s Horizon Planning┬«, and also serves as Medical Director for WellSpan’s Connected Care at Home program.

Advance Care Planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, developing an advanced care plan and making health care plans for the future are important steps toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. It is important to have a conversation, regardless of age, about your wishes with your loved ones and your primary care provider. Knowing your preferences might take some of the burden off family and friends.


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