Wholesale prices for acute-care hospitals rose at a moderate 0.4% in January, after spiking 1.5% in December, according to preliminary figures for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. That compares with a 0.8% increase in acute-care hospital PPI for January 2009. For the 12 months ended in January 2010, the acute-care hospital PPI climbed 3.3%, compared with 2.6% for the prior 12-month period.
Wholesale hospital prices rise in January
At physicians’ offices, wholesale prices climbed 1% in January 2010 after an increase of 0.1% in the prior month, preliminary figures show. For the same month a year ago, the physician price index grew 1.1%. For the 12 months ended in January 2010, the physician PPI increased 2.2% compared with 1.9% in the prior year-ago period.
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