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

Could Watson replace high-paid hospital execs?

I coined the term "seven-figure club" some time back for hospital executives paid more than $1 million a year. It was intended to describe a relatively small group. It's actually not...

Hospitals on alert after FTC's St. Luke's intervention

The Federal Trade Commission's intervention in a deal between a hospital and medical group in Idaho may give other providers pause as they pursue consolidations, the Washington Post reported.

Hospital association wants CMS to ease ACO rules

The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off on some of the requirements of its Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization program, saying the current rules place too much financial risk on providers without offering them enough financial rewards.

Medical societies consider cost as part of treatment recommendations

The outsized cost of healthcare delivery in the U.S. may finally affect individual providers' treatment decisions.

FL pediatric facility pays $7M to settle whistleblower suit

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of paying kickbacks to physicians to bring in more patients, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Readmissions lead to $41.3B in additional hospital costs

Hospitals spent $41.3 billion between January and November 2011 to treat patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

More hospitals post physician satisfaction scores

Online postings of how patients rank their physicians is controversial, but hospitals want to defuse--and leverage--the practice by taking it into their own hands.

Many providers still on fence regarding bundled payments

The number of hospitals, hospital systems and physician groups that use bundled payments is slowly increasing, although many providers say they still remain on the fence about participating in this relatively new form of healthcare finance.

NYC speciality physicians paid millions

Specialist physicians practicing at some of New York City's hospitals receive millions of dollars a year in compensation, including hefty bonuses that some suggest are incentives to bring more patients through the doors, the New York Post reported.

SC Supreme Court uphold's enforcement of state's CON law

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled the state's certificate-of-need law needs to stay in place, The State reported.