On June 2, 2014, CMS released its second annual update to the national hospital charge data.  The data shows the amount hospitals charged for the 100 most common discharges in 2012.  Between 2011 and 2012, most charges increased less than 5 percent, though there is still significant variation in charges for the same services, both nationally and in the same geographic area.  To access the hospital charge data spreadsheets, click here.  More information about the posting of hospital charge data is available in our May 13, 2013 Health Headlines article by clicking here.