Wholesale prices for general medical and surgical hospitals recorded their highest monthly increase ever -- 1.4% -- in April and were up 6.2% from the period 12 months earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index. In January, the PPI for general acute-care hospitals took its biggest monthly jump in three years, 0.8%. Rising healthcare prices have been a subject of intense concern in recent months, and hospital utilization has gotten much of the blame. Meanwhile, prices for physician services were up 0.8% in April and 1% from the 12 months earlier. -- by Patrick Reilly
Hospital PPI records largest monthly increase ever
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