Wholesale prices for hospitals rose 0.2% in September, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index. For the same month last year, prices increased 0.1%. For the 12-month period ended in September, the hospital PPI was 3.3%.
Physician-office wholesale prices were flat last month, compared with a 0.6% rise for September 2007. For the 12-month period ended last month, physician-office prices increased 0.4%. -- by Melanie Evans