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

CFOs may have more leverage over organized labor

With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Feds, Michigan file antitrust suit against four hospital systems

The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.

Drug, medical device companies paid teaching hospitals, docs nearly $6.5B last year

The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.

Observation care notification law goes into effect in Virginia

A new law went into effect in Virginia this week that requires hospitals to inform patients if they are being held on observation status as opposed to being fully admitted as an inpatient.

HFMA ANI: Revamping doctor-patient relationship may be key to cutting unnecessary care

Academic studies have done a very good job of quantifying the fact that the U.S. healthcare system spends about $750 billion a year on unnecessary tests, procedures and other facets of care. But finding a way to actually eliminate such wasteful practices has not yet been truly investigated.

New Jersey hospital loses property tax exemption

A New Jersey judge has thrown out the property tax exemption for one of the state's not-for-profit hospitals. Morristown Medical Center lost its property tax exemption when Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco had ruled that the hospital had so intermingled its not-for-profit and for-profit business ventures until the two were unrecognizable, according to NJSpotlight.com.

Massachusetts hospitals fail to comply with price transparency law

Massachusetts leaped onto the leading edge of price transparency when it passed one of the first laws in the nation requiring providers to furnish true prices to consumers. More than a year later and many patients are still having trouble obtaining clear and timely price estimates from providers in the Bay State.

How independent hospitals can still thrive

Strong leadership, patient-focused care and good relationships with their partners are among the keys for independent community hospitals to not only survive but also to thrive, Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reported.

The troubling patient collections approach I encountered at HFMA ANI

Is there something wrong with me? I asked that question to myself last Wednesday afternoon at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Annual National Institute in Orlando, Florida....

Texas Health Resources uses phone call recordings to improve collections process

Texas Health Resources (THR) uses taped interactions between patient and staff to improve customer service and improve collections. The 24-hospital not-for-profit and faith-based system, which predominates in the Dallas/Forth Worth area, has been taping and scrutinizing telephone interactions for more than a dozen years.