March 31, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $133,674

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 clearly a 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 eight new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $103,179. 
  • There was one satisfied judgment, for $12,505. 
  • And there was one health care related bankruptcy, totaling $43,000. 

I also track filings for each of the four Syracuse hospitals. Here’s the breakdown for this week: 

  • Crouse gets a credit of $12,505, for the satisfied judgment
  • St Josephs had no filings
  • SUNY Upstate had eight, totaling $103,179
  • Community, part of Upstate, also had no filings.

The bankruptcy filing was for an out-of-area hospital, making up the $43,000 difference.

I subtract the satisfied judgments from the overall totals and from the individual hospital totals; the likelihood is that they've already been incorporated into the numbers at some point now, since I’ve been tracking this for two and a half years. 

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