Special Focus: Looking ahead, Part II

Future is positive, with some concerns


By John Mugford

Last month, we published a story highlighting potential trends in the healthcare real estate sector, as told to us by members of the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Real Estate Insights™. Most of their predictions for the coming year and beyond pointed to a positive outlook for the sector, which board members said is in for plenty of changes.

Most of the coming changes should provide new, positive opportunities for healthcare real estate firms, especially those that stay current and figure out how they can provide even more real estate services and expertise to doctors, hospitals and health systems, board members said.

Some of the changes the industry will experience will result from certain aspects of healthcare reform, a movement toward a more efficient healthcare delivery system, lease accounting changes concerning how hospitals report medical office building (MOB) leases, an increase in the number of employed physicians, further advances in medical technology, and the continued evolution of MOBs, many of which now contain surgery components, imaging, and a host of other sophisticated equipment and services.

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