Opus was pleased to attend Becker's Hospital Review 9th Annual Meeting. This was my seventh year at this event and fifth time as an exhibitor. This event gathers the nation's top healthcare executives to share insights and challenges on a range of topics from high-level discussions about strategy to on-the-ground tactics on finance, physician alignment and operations. To hear the perspectives of Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Lloyd Dean, CEO of Dignity; John Noseworthy, CEO of Mayo Clinic; Penny Wheeler, CEO of Allina and many other top healthcare leaders shaping the future of healthcare delivery in America was an absolute privilege. You know you are among great leaders when two former United States Presidents—Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—topped off two of the evenings with inspiring words on politics, policy and leadership.
There were naturally many key insights and takeaways, but the key points that we believe will impact healthcare delivery and particularly real estate are as follows:
- Disruption by investors thriving on healthcare inefficiencies will include everything from Telehealth, Micro-Hospitals, retail health to home care models.
- There is a continued trend in health system, pharmacy and insurance mergers; with recent examples including CHI and Dignity Health, Advocate and Aurora, Walmart and Humana and CVS and Aetna.
- Continued trend in for profit and not-for-profit partnerships with for profit operators such as Walgreens (pharmacy) , Go Health Urgent Care and SCA (surgical) partnering with health and hospital systems to immediately improve access and improve operational efficiencies.
- Healthcare delivery continues to move to an outpatient, consumer-focused model. Providers are focused on improving access to care, a better patient experience and lowering the cost of care.