December 22, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $179,016

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 

  • fourteen new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers, totaling $190,890
  • four satisfied judgments, for $32,371
  • and one bankruptcy, for $20,397

Here’s the breakdown by hospital: 

  • Crouse had eight, including three repayments, for a net of $15,903
  • St. Joes had four, with one repayment, for a total of $32,873
  • SUNY Upstate had six, totaling $125,102

A local orthopedic group had the remaining judgment, for $5,138.  

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