Wholesale prices for acute-care hospital services climbed 0.1% in April and are up 0.8% from a year ago, according to the U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index.
The PPI measures changes in net revenues per episode of care. The index also rose 0.1% in March.
While wholesale hospital prices increased, prices for physician services dropped 0.2% in April after rising 0.3% in March. For the past 12 months wholesale prices for physician services are up 1.8% from the year-ago 12-month period.