May 20, 2014

Tuesday's Number: $452,497

Tuesday is the day my local paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, publishes the weekly business section. In addition to special features, tips from stock experts, budgeting advice and the like, we get the judgment and bankruptcy listings.

Each week, I track health care related filings. I include anything that is clearly a debt owed to a hospital, nursing home, physician or physician group, medical supplier, and so on; I do not include filings by insurance companies, many of which are so diversified it would not be a fair assumption that the filing is related to medical care or health insurance.

·         This week, there were 22 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $335,104.

·         There were four satisfied judgments, totaling $34,118.

·         And, there were three health care related bankruptcies, totaling $83,275.

New this year, I’m tracking filings for each of the four Syracuse hospitals. Here’s the breakdown for this week:

·         Crouse had seven, totaling $102,931
·         St Joe’s had two, totaling $26,640
·         SUNY Upstate had 16, totaling $227,134
·         Community General, a part of Upstate, had one, for $16,006

The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000.