May 5, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $275,039

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 nineteen new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $275,039. 
  • There were no satisfied judgments or bankruptcies listed. 

By hospital, here’s the breakdown for this week: 

  • Crouse had one, for $59,346
  • St Joseph’s had one, for $12,638
  • SUNY Upstate added another seventeen, totaling $203,055
  • Community, part of Upstate, had no filings. 

When there are any, 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.