Consumer prices for acute-care hospital services rose 0.3% in September after a 0.8% increase in August, according to seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the 12 months ended in September, the hospital CPI was up 7.3%. The physician CPI climbed 0.2% in September, after two months of 0.1% growth. For the 12-month period, the physician CPI was up 1.2%. In general, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for all urban consumers dropped 0.5% in September, after a 0.2% rise in August. The CPI tracks the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households. -- by Joseph Mantone
Hospital inflation slows in September
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