May 19, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $96,656

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 seven new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $62,922.
  • There were no satisfied judgments.
  • And there were two bankruptcies listed, totaling $33,734.

By hospital, here’s the breakdown for this week: 
  • Crouse had four, totaling $30,094
  • St Joseph’s three, for $46,948
  • SUNY Upstate added two more, for $19,614
  • Community, part of Upstate, had none.

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.

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