If you’re opening a new medical practice, moving locations or expanding, you might be considering a turnkey office space. Turnkey spaces are those that have been completely outfitted and are ready for you to move right in upon signing a lease or making a purchase. In theory, all you need to do is “turn the key” and enter. However, it’s not always that simple.
Here’s what to think about when deciding to proceed with a turnkey medical office space.
Outpatient care has been on the rise, causing a major shift in the healthcare delivery landscape. Customers are increasingly choosing the outpatient setting rather than an overnight stay in the hospital.
Why the shift?
There are many reasons this shift is occurring. With the increased availability and advancement of technology, many surgeries can now be performed in outpatient centers. Outpatient facilities provide easy access, high quality, lower cost care and are preferred by insurance payers.
Healthcare customers don’t want to have to go out of their way to access a service – nor do they want to travel to multiple providers. They want to be seen promptly and in a comfortable setting. The entire experience is increasingly aligning with an all-in-one, hospitality-inspired approach.
The problem: shrinking margins and rising costs in the healthcare industry.
While there are many strategies that the sector is employing to combat these issues, one that has gained recent attention is preventative care. This strategy is being executed on a global level, as healthcare organizations are shifting from volume to value.
A 25-year-old man goes in to see his doctor. He has a series of questions about symptoms he has and a few ideas of what could be wrong based on online research.
The doctor examines him, and she quickly rules out a couple of the man’s suggestions but finds one is a real possibility. She decides to order some blood work to confirm, submitting the order on her tablet. Then, she adds a few notes to the patient’s electronic chart.
The next day, the patient receives a text message notifying him that his test results are now available in his patient portal. He quickly logs in and reviews the info. It includes a message from his doctor, outlining a brief plan of action and direct contact number for any questions.
Sound familiar to you?
This is the landscape that every healthcare office either has entered or will enter in the near future.
Healthcare systems used to think about real estate in terms of finding four sturdy walls and a roof that fit their bottom line. But, in 2018, healthcare executives are becoming increasingly strategic in their real estate decisions, labeling it as a high priority.
The factors that have spurred this shift are lower reimbursements, the entrance of nontraditional healthcare delivery and the aging population. Healthcare executives are now making it a top priority to control costs, improve efficiency and increase returns on their real estate investments.
Healthcare real estate is no longer strictly a liquid asset that is managed to increase cash flow and free up capital for other projects. Now, healthcare real estate is seen as a way to improve the sustainability of operating margins.
You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, would you? Whether you’re negotiating a lease renewal or looking for a new space, believe it or not, you won’t save money by eliminating the middleman. In fact, you may cost your practice more.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a commission pool built into most lease deals comprised of rental funds. If you don’t hire a broker to represent you, the landlord’s broker or leasing agent will take the full commission. If you are represented, the fund is shared with your broker or agent. Either way, the commission comes from the pot, not your pocket.
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