Ron Shinkman

Biography for Ron Shinkman

It's rare when you can mutter the words "novelist," "Jeopardy contestant" and "FierceHealthFinance" in the same breath. But Ron Shinkman, editor of FierceHealthFinance, makes it all possible. Besides writing a novel that one Amazon.com reviewer deemed a "wry thriller," Ron once won $16,000 as a Jeopardy contestant!

No doubt Ron amassed his plot ideas--not to mention mounds of miscellaneous trivia--during nearly two decades as a journalist. You may remember Ron from his years as the Los Angeles Bureau Chief of Modern Healthcare, where he focused on corporate governance issues. Or maybe you recognize his byline from the Los Angeles Business Journal, where he covered the healthcare and insurance beats. He has also written for HealthLeaders Media, Trustee magazine, and Payer & Providers. He can be reached at rshinkman@fiercemarkets.com. Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Ron Shinkman

HCCI: Prices for care vary widely across country

Some states pay more than twice as much for identical healthcare services than others, raising questions about what each state can do to better control their costs.

Partners boo-boo could cost Massachusetts $160M in Medicare payments

Calculation errors regarding the wages paid by a tiny 19-bed hospital in Massachusetts could wind up having an outsized impact on the Medicare payments given to the other acute care providers statewide, The Boston Globe reported.

Hospitals must take holistic approach to cutting drug costs

Hospitals seeking to cut costs in relation to their drug expenditures must take a holistic approach regarding how they integrate into the overall delivery of care, according to Pharmacy Times.

Financially struggling hospitals regret EHR replacements

If there was one expenditure executives at hospitals with shaky bottom lines regret making, it was the replacement of their electronic health records (EHR) system. That's the conclusion of Black Book Market Research, which surveyed more than 3,300 hospital executives and IT employees who worked for organizations that took the plunge on a new EHR system.

ACO model may evolve into joint affiliations

Hospitals and healthcare systems under pressure to transition to value-based care would do well to beef up their ties to integrated healthcare networks that have expertise in primary care and multispecialty group practice, according to a recent post at NEJM Catalyst.

Healthcare executives are optimistic about current state of financial affairs

Healthcare executives are generally optimistic about the current state of their businesses, although they have ongoing concerns about the ever-increasing cost of delivering care, according to a survey conducted by CIT Healthcare Finance.

Moody's: Non-profit hospital medians extremely healthy

Margins among non-profit hospitals have rebounded completely from the Great Recession and have hit highs not seen in several years, according to Moody's Investors Service, which analyzed the numbers for 190 hospitals and healthcare systems.

Some Louisiana hospital execs balk over Medicaid projections

One of the first acts of Louisiana's recently elected Democratic governor was to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

High procedure volumes don't necessarily equate to better quality

Conventional wisdom holds that hospitals that perform more of the same procedures offer higher quality of care to patients, but that may not be the case, according to a new study in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.

The continued resistance to Medicaid expansion is silly and profoundly damaging

I recently journeyed to England and one impression that will stick with me is that the United Kingdom is paying closer attention to what goes on within its borders than the U.S. is within its own....