||Today, healthcare facility professionals are
more optimistic about the future of U.S. healthcare than they
were two years ago, according to the findings of a recent survey
conducted by Mortenson Construction. Larry Arndt, Mortenson’s
general manager of healthcare, reported on the survey during a
presentation on “Winners, Losers and Shifting Thoughts of
Healthcare Leaders Since Kick-In of the Affordable Care Act” at
the 2016 Midwest Healthcare Real Estate Summit in Chicago in
According to a
recap of the
presentation published in Health Facilities Management, survey
respondents believe challenges remain with the ACA, but also
recognize the opportunities the legislation offers.
For example, the survey showed that 74 percent
of respondents plan major investments in ambulatory care
construction as well as renovation and remodeling within the
next two years. In addition, 72 percent said they will invest in
the same for traditional hospitals. On waste and
energy-reduction opportunities, 98 percent of respondents
strongly agreed or agreed that those opportunities continue to
exist. According to the article, healthcare facilities continue
to take advantage of “quick-win” energy-efficiency upgrades,
- Installing LED lighting or other efficient
lighting — 37 percent
- Installing motion detectors, lighting
timers and/or low-flow faucets — 15 percent
- Creating new energy management and/or Lean
departments — 12 percent
Mike Wood, president of the Health Care
Institute, co-presented with Arndt. Wood noted that the ACA has
resulted in some definite winners and losers.
According to Wood, winners include:
- The previously uninsured and underinsured.
- Individuals with previously uninsurable
illnesses and pre-existing conditions/treatments.
- Child gestation treatment.
- Wellness programs, which have become more
focused, intentional, outcome-based and now are compensated.
- The “business” of healthcare, which has
- The “mission” conversation.
- Pre-ACA insured, due to higher costs and
more difficult access.
- Rural health and critical health
community-based systems and programs.
- Single providers, small providers, and
single specialty-based practices.
- The distribution of capital, which has been
- Individualized choice, which is now much
more difficult to achieve.
- Cost burdens, which have been shifted to
ACOs, states, payers and individuals.
To learn more about the survey, read the full
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