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Hospital Merger & Acquisition Deals Up 12% in 2011

Levin Associates has just released its annual data on the number and dollar volume of mergers and acquisitions in 2011 for the health care sector. For hospitals there was a 12% increase in deals –86 deals compared to 77 in 2010. However, dollar value of the hospital deals declined 27%, dropping from $10.793 billion in 2010 to $7.868 billion in 2011.

M&A activity for physician medical groups was up 60%, involving 107 groups in 2011 versus 67 the previous year. Value of physician group deals grew to $465 million, a 9% rise over the previous year.

For the entire health care sector, including other health services, biotech, e-health, managed care, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, spending on deals rose 11% to $227,371,000,000 in 2011, but the number of deals was down to 980, a decrease of 3%.

Source: Health care M&A spending rises 11% in 2011 according to new report from Irving Levin Associates, Inc. Irving Levin Associates press release, Jan. 25, 2012. http://www.levinassociates.com/pr2012/pr1201mamq4

Posted by the American Hospital Association Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org.

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