Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
Last month's uptick in hospital prices was marginally higher than the 0.6% increase in February, newly released figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. The index, which measures the change in prices for commercial insurers, increased 0.5% in March 2013. For the year that ended last month, the price index for inpatient hospital care increased 5.1% compared with 5.6% the prior year.
Inpatient hospital service prices increased 0.9% last month; outpatient prices climbed 0.6%.