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2012 outlook: real estate, construction and mergers on the increase

Here’s another sign of a rosier outlook for health care in the next few years: Industry experts expect to see more activity in construction and mergers.  According to a release by the healthcare practice group at Jones Lang LaSalle, more health systems will start to move on long-planned expansions and building new offices and outpatient facilities.

The need for outpatient facilities in particular is expected to increase as the industry adapts to the ongoing health reform and a move toward accountable care organizations. Outpatient facilities generally provide more access at the local level, and at a lower-cost care overall.

Another driver behind that activity is an expected increase in mergers and acquisitions. The company said that the anticipated activity — of both hospital mergers and the acquisition of physician practices — will create real estate dilemmas for the organizations involved.

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