Wholesale acute-care hospital prices increased 0.3% in March after a 0.1% climb the prior month, preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index show. In March 2011, acute-care wholesale prices rose 0.2%. For the year that ended last month, the index reflects a 2% increase in wholesale acute-care hospital prices compared with 1.8% the prior year.
Hospital, doc-office PPI figures rose in March
For physician offices, wholesale prices increased 0.6% in March and 0.1% in February, according to preliminary numbers. For the month of March 2011, the physician office prices increased a more modest 0.1%. During the 12 months that ended in March, the index shows a 1.8% increase to physician wholesale prices, which is identical to the prior year.
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