Hos­pi­tal prices rise 0.1% in March, up 3.5% for year

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Whole­sale prices at acute-care hos­pi­tals inched up 0.1% last month af­ter a 0.5% rise in Fe­bru­ary, newly re­leased pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures from the Bureau of La­bor Statis­tics show. The pro­ducer price in­dex for acute-care hos­pi­tals a year ago also climbed 0.1%. For the 12 months that ended in March, the PPI rose 3.5% com­pared with 2.6% the prior year. Physi­cian of­fice whole­sale prices de­clined 0.1% in March. That’s com­pared with a 0.1% in­crease in Fe­bru­ary and a 0.2% rise in March 2009. For the year that ended last month, the physi­cian of­fice PPI rose 2% af­ter ris­ing 2.1% dur­ing the prior 12 months.

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