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

UnitedHealth announcement could have impact on hospitals

UnitedHealth Group's change of heart about providing subsidized insurance to tens of millions of lower and middle-income Americans, according to Bloomberg, may play a significant role in how hospitals fare in the coming years.

Shareholders still triumph over patients--for now

"Do I need to worry about my insurance," my father-in-law asked me. I recently documented his extensive health issues. He's an enrollee in a UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage plan. So...

Hospitals push again on new 340B guidance

As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.

Few hospitals sign up for privatized Medicaid in Iowa

The state of Iowa has been transitioning its Medicaid to a privatized managed care program, but to date there have been few takers among hospitals.

CMS okays Medicaid money for housing

The Obama administration has signed off on the use of Medicaid funds to house enrollees, possibly creating a path that would not only bring down the homeless population but also cut down on hospital costs.

Gallup: Costs are number one healthcare issue for Americans

Despite a significant expansion of coverage for Americans under healthcare reform, Americans' top healthcare concern is how to pay for it, according to a recent Gallup Poll on healthcare delivery. 

Interdisciplinary practice of medicine can pay off for small hospitals

The interdisciplinary practice of medicine could push hospitals closer toward better quality and patient outcomes, according to

An ER, a hospital-operated urgent care center and vastly different prices

Patients who undergo treatment at a hospital emergency room versus a hospital-owned urgent care center can expect to see a huge differential in prices.


New Jersey hospitals take legal action to try to stop Horizon tiered network

Seventeen hospitals in New Jersey have taken legal action this week to stop one of the state's biggest insurers from unveiling a tiered provider network they claim excludes them unfairly. 

Atlantic Health identifies keys to successful ACO, population health initiatives

The five-hospital Atlantic Health System in New Jersey has been pushing aggressively into accountable care and population health management, and it is showing signs of success, according to Healthcare Informatics