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

Hospitals get victory on orphan drug buys through 340B program

Hospitals will continue to use the 340B program to purchase so-called "orphan drugs" at a deep discount even if they are not being used for their specific purpose, AHA News Now reports.

Fitch: Hospitals in Medicaid expansion-resistant states feel pinch

Hospitals in the two dozen states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to feel the financial fallout of that decision, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.

Better hospital breakrooms can improve efficiency

Want to increase staff efficiency--and potentially cut costs? A newer, better breakroom may be just the thing.

NH hospitals join forces to cut costs

Four rural hospitals in New Hampshire have joined forces to try and reduce costs while increasing efficiency, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Potential pitfalls during a hospital or health system merger

Mergers and acquisitions are an inevitable part of hospital operations and healthcare delivery for the foreseeable future, but executives need to keep a cautious eye on potential pitfalls that can occur while pulling a merger offer, according to J.D. Supra Business Advisor.

To buy or lease equipment? Depends on the hospital

To buy or lease? That's often a fork in the road for consumers when it comes to purchasing a home or automobile, but the same applies to hospital management as well.

Louisiana: Hospital privatization effort saves money

The public hospitals previously operated by the Louisiana State University healthcare system spent significantly less than budgeted for indigent care in the just completed fiscal year, but lawmakers wonder whether uninsured patients are merely seeking treatment at other hospitals, the Associated Press reported.

NJ health commissioner wants hospitals to make financial disclosures

New Jersey's state health commissioner put forth a proposal that would require all hospitals in the state to publicly disclose their financial data, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Use of prefabrication shaved a year and millions off hospital's construction cost

The use of prefabricated materials on a Denver hospital shaved months and millions off the construction cost, the Denver Post reported.