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

Financial turnaround: Most hospitals acquired by Steward Health now in the black

The Boston-based Steward Health Care System has been criticized for some of its aggressive acquisition practices, but nevertheless has demonstrated success with financial turnarounds.

Healthcare is home to America's highest-paying jobs

If Americans are looking for high-paying careers, healthcare appears to be the way to go. Six of the highest-paying careers in the United States are in healthcare, according to CareerCast.com. 

CFOs play critical role in getting hospitals back to business after disasters

Although it's rare, occasionally a hospital is destroyed or shut down by a natural disaster. The skills hospital chief financial officers bring to such a scenario can make a difference as to when a facility reopens, and how much it will cost, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts spiral upward

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts are beginning to spiral upward, according to a new report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

New cholesterol drugs will lead to huge healthcare cost increases but few benefits

The U.S. healthcare system has had a hard time digesting the recent debut of Sovaldi and Harvoni, two drugs that have proven effective in curing hepatitis C but cost close to $100,000 for a regimen....

UAW may form co-op to negotiate directly with providers

Faced with rapidly rising costs for their healthcare, automotive workers may form a special cooperative to negotiate with providers directly for services, Crain's Detroit Business has reported.

Some procedures cost more with insurance than for self-pay

A New York City physician with a master's degree in public health has come to the conclusion that it would have been cheaper for her to have asked for the cash-pay price for her hospital to perform a mammogram than having it billed through her insurance company, according to MedPage Today.

Massachusetts hospitals report improved, healthy margins

Amid a tumultuous environment for hospitals, the finances of Massachusetts providers were mostly in the black last year, according to a report from the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis.

American Hospital Association applauds proposed changes to two-midnight rule

In a sign that hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are moving closer to an agreement over the controversial two-midnight rule regarding inpatient admissions, the American Hospital Association has praised changes that have been proposed by the agency--but it still wants more time before those changes go into effect.

Moody's relents on negative forecast for non-profit hospitals

At last, there is some financial light at the end of the tunnel for non-profit and public hospitals. For the first time in years, Moody's Investors Service has changed its long-range forecast from negative to stable.