September 29, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $163,029

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

·         twelve new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $178,933;
·         two satisfied judgments, for $15,904, and
·         no bankruptcies.

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:

·         Crouse had five, totaling $48,153
·         St Joe’s had five, for $52,204 (including credit for both judgments), and
·         SUNY Upstate added another three, totaling $46,759

A local rehabilitation center made up the $15,913 difference. 

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