For Immediate Release
Contact: Julie Weissman, Research Director
CHICAGO, Sept. 5, 2012 – The key highlights for the quarter were strong growth for payers and providers. Two deals for insurers topped the list of the largest healthcare deals of the quarter, as deal volume rose 114.3% from Q2. The payer segment experienced both a rise in the number of transactions and deal value. The providers saw a positive trend in terms of deal volume during the quarter, up 25% with 69 deals versus 55 deals from the previous quarter.
"Although, the dollar volume in merger and acquisition activity was down in the third quarter, the total number of deals went up, especially in the provider category," said Merrill Goozner, editor of Modern Healthcare. "These smaller deals often involve hospitals acquiring physician practices or other provider linkups. Clearly, these organizations are preparing for changes in payment policy now that the uncertainty over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is behind us."
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