MAYBE, BUT MEDICAL REAL ESTATE WILL ADAPT
By John B. Mugford
Healthcare reform has grabbed most of the headlines, but another issue concerns many industry professionals: a proposed accounting rule change that would make it more difficult for hospitals to treat third-party owned, on-campus medical office buildings (MOBs) as off-balance sheet assets.
The change would require all public and private companies – including healthcare providers – to capitalize on their balance sheets all leases of real estate and equipment. The proposal is still being studied, but many believe that it will eventually be adopted. If so, the new accounting standard could take effect as soon as 2012, according Jones Lang LaSalle, which is monitoring the matter.
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