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

Oncologist says cost of cancer care should not take priority over saving lives

In the fight against cancer, lives matter more than cancer treatment costs, says Andrew Pecora, M.D., oncologist and chief innovation officer at the John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey. "You have to focus on the total cost of care--not just the drugs." 

New nurses more prone to injuries

The long hours and relatively unfamiliar work environments for new nurses places them at greater risk of injury, according to a new study by the RN Work Project. 

Healthcare spending likely to rise sharply in coming years

Health spending will grow an average of 5.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2024, according to a new federal report. 

CFOs need hospital finance teams

If your hospital doesn't already have a team in place, CFOs may want to put one together to handle all the dramatic changes in the current reimbursement environment, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Will hospitals consider converting to a short-stay model?

A Texas hospital is adopting a short-stay model--treating patients for admissions that last 24 hours or less--and it may be a model other providers emulate, according to the Port Arthur News.

CMS' joint replacement initiative won't keep surgery volumes in check

I am hopeful the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to bundle payments for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries will become operational by early next year. But I...

Healthcare lobbies push to include housing as a hospital community benefit

Several prominent hospital groups have been urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider hospital-sponsored housing as a community benefit, AHA News Now has reported.

Oncology doctors push back against cost of cancer drugs

Oncologists are so irked over the rapidly escalating cost of drugs used to treat their patients that they are making fairly radical policy proposals and have begun monitoring prices for treatments.

Barnabas Health CEO supports paying some property taxes

The CEO of New Jersey's largest hospital system has come out in support of not-for-profit hospitals in the state paying some property taxes, NJ.com has reported.

Hospital bond issuance up 215%

Hospitals and other parts of the healthcare sector are putting their toes back into the borrowing waters once again, and like what they are feeling. The healthcare sector sold $18.9 billion in bonds during the first half of 2015, up 76 percent from $10.8 billion sold during the first half of 2014, according to HFA Partners.