May 26, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $110,415

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 five new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $42,666.
  • There was one satisfied judgment, for $7,251.
  • And there was one bankruptcy listed this week, for $75,000. 

By hospital, here’s the breakdown for this week: 

  • Crouse had two, totaling $14,061
  • SUNY Upstate added another four, for $89,504
  • St. Joseph’s and Community (part of Upstate), had no filings. 

When there are any, I subtract 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. SUNY got the credit this week.

Another regional healthcare center made up the $6,850 difference between the overall total and the local hospital totals. 

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