September 22, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $165,321

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.

Things settled down a little this week: 

  • There were nine new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $145,456.
  • There were no satisfied judgments.
  • And there was one bankruptcy, for $19,865.

Here’s the breakdown by hospital: 

  • Crouse had two, totaling $20,769
  • St Joe’s had two, for$26,472
  • SUNY Upstate added another five, totaling $106,729

A local home health care services provider added the last filing, for $11,351. 

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