Merger & Acquisition Activity in Healthcare Continues in 2015


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) expects that healthcare mergers & acquisition activity will continue to trend in 2015. Nevertheless, it is expected that the 2016 presidential election will have a major effect on the regulatory aspects of healthcare. The year 2012 experienced 94 deals, and 79 transactions occurred in 2014. Two of the largest deals of 2014 were the $500 million acquisition by Duke LifePoint of Cornemaugh Health System and the $255 million acquisition by UW Health of Swedish American Health. PwC expects that partnerships will be the most common merger in 2015. It is also predicted that physician medical groups consolidation will see the biggest gain in deal value.

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