June 16, 2015

Tuesday's Number: $260,116

It appears the finance folks are back from vacation. After a month of low numbers, things are almost back to what passes for normal in this weekly post. 

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 20 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $268,604.
  • There was one satisfied judgment, for $8,448.
  • And there were no bankruptcies listed.

By hospital, here’s the breakdown: 

  • Crouse had eleven, totaling $128,963
  • St. Joseph’s had one, for $8,880
  • SUNY added another seven, totaling $102,766.
  • There were no filings for Community (part of Upstate).

SUNY’s total included a credit for the satisfied judgment; I subtract satisfied judgments from the overall and individual hospital totals, on the likelihood that they’ve already been incorporated into the numbers at some point since I began my tracking.

There were three other judgments this week, one each for a doctor, a radiology group, and a cardiovascular group, which accounted for the $19,507 difference between the overall total and the hospital totals. 

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