May 12, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $504,053

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 $510,551.
  •  There was one satisfied judgment, for $6,498.
  •  As is typically the case, there were no bankruptcies listed.

By hospital, here’s the breakdown for this week: 
  • Crouse had eleven, for $140,414
  • St Joseph’s had two, for $21,608
  • SUNY Upstate had thirteen, adding another $335,396
  • 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. Upstate got the $6,498 credit.

A filing on behalf of a local dental practice added another $6,635. 

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