November 24, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $219,165

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

·         14 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $230,706
·         two satisfied judgments for $11,541 and
·         no bankruptcies

Here’s the breakdown by hospital:

·         Crouse had three, totaling $423, after the credit for the satisfied judgments was applied
·         St Joe’s had five totaling $76,042
·         SUNY Upstate had seven, for $136,434

A local dentist filed the remaining judgment for $6,266. 

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