June 30, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $319,269

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 likely a patient 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 thirteen new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $329,274.
  • There was one satisfied judgment, for $10,005.
  • And there were no bankruptcies.

Here's the breakdown for the local hospitals: 

  • Crouse had four, totaling $35,193
  • St. Joseph’s had two, for $18,837
  • And SUNY Upstate had seven, for $252,396 

SUNY’s total included a credit of $10,005 for the satisfied judgment; I subtract the repayments from the overall totals and from the individual hospital totals, under the likelihood that they’ve already been incorporated into the numbers at some point now.

There was one judgment this week for a rehab center, which accounts for the $12,843 difference between the overall total and the hospital totals.   

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