Wholesale prices for hospitals rose 0.2% in August compared with flat growth the same month a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index. The figures are preliminary. In July, wholesale hospital prices increased 0.1%. For the 12 months ended in August, the index for hospitals climbed 2.6% compared with 3.3% the prior year.
Physician wholesale prices also rose 0.2% in August and were up 0.1% for the same month in 2008. In July, the physician PPI increased 0.6%. For the 12 months ended in August, the physician index climbed 2.6%, up from a 1.1% gain the prior year.