Prices at general acute-care hospitals decreased 0.1% in September after two months of sizable increases, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for physician services were unchanged. By comparison, the Producer Price Index for all finished goods increased 0.1% in September. Hospital prices were 3.5% higher than they were 12 months earlier, while physician prices were up 0.2% from September 2001. Prices for all finished goods dropped 1.9% during the 12-month period. -- Mary Chris Jaklevic
Hospital PPI down for Sept., up for 12 months
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