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

Medicaid spending up dramatically in 2014

Medicaid spending has increased dramatically during 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Study shows wide gap between hospital charges for public, private insurers

It's a matter of faith that most hospitals earn the biggest margins on patients that have private insurance. But a new study indicates that acute care facilities routinely clean up on such patients.


CMS releases list of counties, hospitals that have lost critical access designation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a list of counties and parishes that will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals.

Obama makes rare response to ACA critcism

President Barack Obama has quietly endured years of criticism for championing the Affordable Care Act, although he responded aggressively earlier this week after criticism from MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who claimed his administration deliberately lied to the American people to get the law passed through Congress.

Note to hospitals: Stop charging rape victims for their exams and care

Although Portland Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano deliberately buried the lede in his profile of Brenda Tracy last week, it was a story that concluded on a far more inspirational note than...

SEC investigates insider trading on Medicare

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether insider trading took place during a 2013 incident in which financial institutions were tipped off that Medicare was about to raise reimbursement rates.

Hospitals push back on drug price increases

Hit hard by dramatic increases in drug costs, hospitals and healthcare systems are sorting their options and finding ways to push back. Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit hospital operator in the United States, recently banned sales reps from its properties, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Physician shortage to hit hospital bottom lines

Hospital executives are challenged to recruit physicians, given their costs and the limits of the labor pool, but their inability to get ahead of the issue may start to hurt their bottom line, reported Fortune magazine.

Premier: Financial blows from reform begins to recede

The latest economic outlook survey from Premier, Inc. suggests the financial burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act have begun to recede.

Some hospitals seek upfront payments from insured patients

Hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana are hitting up insured patients for upfront payments, out of concern they won't meet their deductibles and copayments otherwise, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.