March 17, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $369,972

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 21 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $391,556. 
  • There were three satisfied judgments, for $21,584. 
  • And there were no health care related bankruptcies. 

I also track filings for each of the four Syracuse hospitals. Here’s the breakdown for this week: 

  • Crouse had four, totaling $11,293
  • St Josephs had two, totaling $35,838
  • SUNY Upstate had 16, totaling $323,839
  • Community, part of Upstate, gets a ‘credit’ of $6,596 

There was one judgment for a medical practice for $5,598, which makes up the balance.

This year, I’m subtracting the satisfied judgments from the overall totals and from the individual hospital totals; the likelihood is that they've already been incorporated into the numbers at some point now, since I've been tracking this for two and a half years. 

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