The Consumer Price Index for acute-care hospital services climbed 0.6% in September and 5.3% through the 12-month period, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The September increase in the prices paid by consumers followed a 0.4% decrease in August. The Producer Price Index, reported last week, also rose 5.3% for acute-care services for the 12 months ended in September, although monthly changes differed. (See the Oct. 15 Daily Dose.) The CPI measures changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a representative group of goods and services, while the PPI tracks prices paid by producers. Consumer prices for physician office services were more stable than acute-care prices, as the physician CPI rose 0.2% in September and 4.4% for the 12 months. The CPI for the overall economy rose 0.2% in September and 2.5% for the 12 months. -- by Paul Barr
CPI shows consumer prices up for hospital care
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