October 13, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $372,440

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
·         27 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $377,676
·         two satisfied judgments for $16,817
·         one bankruptcy, for $11,581

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:
·         Crouse had four, totaling $18,542, including a credit of $7,636
·         St Joe’s also had four, totaling $44,574
·         SUNY Upstate added twenty-two, for $309,144, which includes a $9,181 credit

As always, when there are any, I apply the satisfied judgments to the hospital totals. 

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