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 should not garnish their patients' wages

Some time ago, I compiled a list of five better ways hospitals could collect on patient debt, concluding that "dunning and then suing patients with low incomes and few resources to respond is...

Does coordinated care also drive up its cost?

The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

Brookings Institution study upends Dartmouth Atlas assumptions

A new report by the Brookings Institution questions previous studies that delve into the vast differences in healthcare spending in different regions of the country.

Hospital spending growth slow in Vermont

Hospital budgets are rising in Vermont at one of the lowest rates on record, with many of the state's inpatient care facilities filing estimated budgets significantly lower than the numbers projected by the state's Green Mountain Care Board, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.

Rural Tennessee hospitals struggle to stay open

Tennessee's rural hospitals continue to struggle, bearing the burden of the state's decision to pass on expanding the Medicaid program, the Memphis Daily News reported.

Hospitals still struggle to cut medical errors

Physicians often labor under what is described as a "culture of perfection" that deflects efforts to reduce the number of medical errors in hospital settings.

Census Bureau data suggests healthcare spending still slow

Long-anticipated healthcare spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau bears out what other indicators have said about the sector: inflation is far lower than a decade ago, when it was at or near double-digit growth levels.

AHA pushes for fewer regulatory tools in blocking mergers

The American Hospital Association has thrown its support behind federal legislation intended to streamline how the two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers go about the process

Hospital finance execs have to change their perspective

The Affordable Care Act will change the responsibilities and the expectations of financial management executives in the coming years and decades, Hospitals & Health Networks reported.

South Florida hospitals will pay uninsured patient premiums

A South Florida hospital group may pay the insurance premiums of indigent patients in order to provide them with reliable healthcare coverage, the Associated Press reported.