November 10, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $183,816

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 $185,058
·         three satisfied judgments for $19,199 and
·         one bankruptcy, for $17,957

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:

·         Crouse had seven, totaling $41,449
·         St Joe’s had one, totaling $9,839
·         SUNY Upstate had two, totaling $98,969
·         Community (a part of Upstate) got the last, for $9,779

Two medical practices accounted for the other $23,780.  Crouse and SUNY Upstate shared the credits for the satisfied judgments. 

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