One company operates ambulatory surgery centers. The other provides outsourced physician services. Combined, they'd be worth $9 billion. (Photo: iStock)

Officials at Envision Healthcare Holdings and AmSurg are in advanced discussions regarding a potential merger, with a deal to be announced as early as next week, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.  

Related: Kaiser moves to acquire Group Health

It’s not on the level of the Anthem-Cigna or Aetna-Humana mergers, but it’s a big deal nonetheless. The estimated combined value of the two health care providers is $9 billion.  

More importantly, the merger is yet another sign of an increasingly consolidated health care industry, every segment of which has seen an acceleration of mergers and acquisitions in recent years.  

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