The total value of U.S. health services mergers and acquisitions rose 5.7 percent to $36.5 billion in the first 9 months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Although deal values for the third quarter of 2014 have dropped slightly to $11.9 billion from the second quarter total of $12 billion, PwC reports that Q3 saw 169 announced deals, an increase over both Q1 and Q2 this year, which had 143 and 138 transactions respectively. The firm also notes that the managed care sector saw continued momentum with a 64 percent increase and long term care saw a 23 percent increase in deal activity over the first three quarters of 2014 versus 2013.

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