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Wholesale hospital prices rise 0.2% in January
Modern Healthcare

Wholesale prices for acute-care hospital services increased 0.2% in January following the prior month’s 0.5% gain, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In January 2010, the agency’s Producer Price Index recorded a one-month rise of 0.5%. Wholesale acute-care hospital prices for the 12-month period ended in January climbed 1.8%, compared with a 3.6% increase a year before. Preliminary figures for physician office wholesale prices show a drop of 0.6% for January after no change the prior month. In January 2010, the physician Producer Price Index increased 0.7%.