Demand to Increase for Medical Office Space, Imaging

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Federal health reform could create greater demand for medical office space focused on ambulatory care, including medical imaging.

In its annual forecast for health care real estate, Jones Lang LaSalle predicts that most transactions this year will involve ambulatory settings versus inpatient facilities, according to a large commercial real estate company reported by American Medical News.

Part the trend can be explained by the response from hospitals to federal health reform as they seek closer ties to physician practices.

The real estate firm also believes that much of the medical office space purchased this year will be larger in size with a range of about 100,000 to 200,000 square feet, which is more likely to include surgery and medical imaging centers.