July 28, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $142,227

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 nine new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $189,518.
  • There were four satisfied judgments, for $47,291.
  • And there were no bankruptcies. 

By hospital, here’s the breakdown: 

  • Crouse had six, totaling $109,187
  • St. Joseph’s had six, totaling $24,658
  • And SUNY Upstate had one, for $8,382 

When there are any, 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. Crouse was the beneficiary this week, getting the credit for the satisfied judgment.  This week, Crouse and St Joe’s received credits of $26,198 and $21,093, respectively. 

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