7 Factors Shifting Focus From Hospitals to Ambulatory Facilities

The traditional hub and spoke model in healthcare, which puts hospitals at the center of care delivery, is changing to focus more on ambulatory care, according to a Jones Lang LaSalle report.

The report, "The Spoke Before the Hub: Turning the Healthcare Delivery Model Upside Down," includes seven factors driving an increased emphasis on ambulatory care facilities in the healthcare delivery system:

1. Cost. Ambulatory care units can be built in locations that are significantly less expensive to operate than hospitals, according to the report.

2. Patient expectations. Ambulatory facilities can provide the convenience of easy access and a shorter visit length that patients want.

3. Competition. Hospitals can compete with other healthcare organizations by adding ambulatory services, which is less costly than making capital investments in hospitals, according to the report.

4. Physician support. Partnering with physician groups performing procedures in ambulatory care facilities creates a source of referrals.

5. Chronic disease treatment. Ambulatory care facilities can more easily manage patients' chronic diseases, according to the report.

6. Population management. Ambulatory care facilitate can engage patients and deliver preventive care services in a more cost-effective setting.

7. Technology. Technology advancements enable outpatient facilities to deliver coordinated treatment regimens.

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