January 6, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $1,133,733

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.

Since mid-2012, I've been tracking 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 26 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $1,069,733. 
  • There were no satisfied judgments. 
  • And there was one health care related bankruptcy, for $64,000.

Here are the filings for each of the four Syracuse hospitals this week, which totaled $875,943:

  • Crouse had three, totaling $142,926 
  • St Joe’s had one, for $30,854 
  • SUNY Upstate had 21, totaling $702,163 
  • Community General, a part of Upstate, had none.

There were two large judgments filed by local nursing homes which account for the remaining $257,790.

This year, I am counting the satisfied judgments as negatives, given that they have already likely been incorporated into the totals as some point now, since I've been tracking these numbers for two and a half years.

The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000; while the majority of the filings are from facilities in Onondaga County, on occasion there will be some listings for hospitals and medical providers located in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oneida counties.