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4Q Healthcare M&A Down 12%, Compared to Year-Ago

For the fourth quarter of 2011, 247 healthcare merger and acquisition transactions totaling $40.2 billion were announced — a 12 percent drop in deal volume compared to the 282 deals announced in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a report by Irvin Levin Associates.

Fourth-quarter 2011 volume was up 6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011, which experienced 234 deals.

For the quarter, healthcare services accounted for 55 percent of deal volume, while the technology segment represented 69 percent of dollar volume. Among individual sectors, long-term care experienced the most deals (38), followed by medical devices (34 deals) and physician medical groups (34 deals).

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