Prices for physician-office services rose 0.1% in April, the same as in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index. For the 12-month period, the physician CPI rose 2.1%, compared with a 3.7% increase in the year-ago period.
Hospital CPI rose 0.6% in April, up from 0.2% in March. For the 12 months ended in April, the hospital CPI was up 8.1%, compared with a 5.8% rise in the year-ago period. In general, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI advanced 0.2% in April, following a 0.3% increase in March. The CPI is a measure of the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households. -- by Cinda Becker