S&P: Hospital Index Increases 5%

Over the 12-month span ended January 2012, the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Hospital Index increased by 5.03 percent, a slight increase from the 4.99 percent pace recorded in December, according to the S&P Healthcare Economic Indices (pdf).

The hospital Medicare annual growth rate increased in January by 1.56 percent, up from 1.48 percent in December. The Hospital Commercial Index slightly decreased from 7.85 percent in December to 7.84 percent in January.

Overall, the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index of all healthcare services covered by commercial payors and Medicare increased 5.21 percent in the 12 months ended January 2012, a slight tick down from the 5.3 percent annual growth rate posted in December.

The S&P Healthcare Economic Professional Services Index rose 5.13 percent, while the professional services indices for Medicare and commercial payors increased 3.32 percent and 6.02 percent, respectively.

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