Wholesale acute-care hospital prices fell 0.2% in February following a 1.7% rise in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index. Physician prices rose 0.4%, after a 0.7% increase in January. Compared with 12 months earlier, hospital prices were up 5.1% and physician prices up 3.4%. The January increase for hospitals tied for the largest one-month increase in 10 years. The PPI also rose 1.7% in October 2003. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Hospital prices fall a bit after steep climb: PPI
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