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Chicago Event Offered FM Strategies to Support Organizations through Shifts in Healthcare

  by Megan Headley | May 17, 2017


  There’s no sit-and-wait in the healthcare industry when it comes to the potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, according to presenters at Midwest Healthcare Real Estate 2017, held in April in Chicago.
Presenters at the event, organized by Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute ( and co-sponsored by the Health Care Institute, noted that the transition from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payments is likely to remain undeterred, and the economic pressures on provider organizations also remains unchanged. Moreover, expansions are far from slowing down.

The speakers noted that healthcare mergers and acquisitions continue to be on the rise. In addition, the health facility landscape is changing; today’s hot topics include multispecialty clinics, efficient clinic designs and access. In addition, the U.S. healthcare construction pipeline remains strong, with nearly 1,400 properties under construction—primarily expansions—for a median construction value per project of $24 million.

The event’s speakers offered a number of strategies that healthcare facility managers can put to use to support their organizations through these changes.

For example, the speakers noted that M&A decisions are rarely based on building conditions, but facility managers should conduct an assessment as part of the development of the business case for an M&A decision. It’s but one way that facilities managers are adding greater value to growing health systems.

And in new construction, listeners were urged to consider early engagement of all team players to improve project delivery. As providers are using buildings more intensely, architects and contractors need to understand early how these needs impact areas ranging from parking to wayfinding to the overall patient experience.

For more takeaways from this event courtesy of Amy Eagle, a Chicago-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Health Facilities Management, visit

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