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 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 Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Ron Shinkman

For the love of lower healthcare costs, don't scrap the Cadillac tax

The so-called "Cadillac tax" will not be implemented until the start of 2018, yet it is actually in serious peril. As a matter of fact, it has a chance of being one of the few taxes...

New payment model proposed for ACOs

The current payment plans for accountable care organizations do not work and should be replaced with a global payment model adjusted for risk, two healthcare experts say in a Health Affairs blog post.

Hospital, healthcare system pay on the rise

Pay at hospitals and health systems--particularly those larger in size--are going up at a fairly brisk pace, according to the latest compensation survey from SullivanCotter & Associates.

Are hedge funds and private equity firms driving up healthcare costs?

The actions of hedge funds and private equity firms to drive up the profitability of their investments also cause the costs of healthcare delivery to rise dramatically, according to a non-profit, left-of-center organization.

Florida's governor wants hospitals to provide more pricing data

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had a contentious relationship with the state's hospitals, wants them to cough up more information that would benefit their patients.

The downside of giving physicians more bargaining power

Giving additional bargaining power to physicians often comes at the expense of hospital management, according to new data

Physician practice revenues rise under Affordable Care Act

Physician practices are enjoying a windfall from the Affordable Care Act, with many of them collecting a little more revenue since the reform law went into effect, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

UNC, Duke systems post big gains in operating profit

Despite the fact that North Carolina has yet to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, some of the state's biggest providers are posting record profits.

New Jersey providers mystified over Blues selection for new network

A big New Jersey insurer has created a tiered network from scratch that has excluded many of the state's biggest hospitals, leading executives to engage in behavior ranging from head-scratching to claims of religious discrimination.

Alaska safety-net providers sue over botched Medicaid software

A group of providers in Alaska is suing a subsidiary of the Xerox Corp., claiming the company botched an install of new Medicaid payment software, the Alaska Daily News has reported.