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

Kaufman Hall chair: Hospitals must reduce costs in 2016

The head of one of the nation's foremost healthcare consulting firms has a list of tasks hospitals should accomplish in 2016 --and cost reduction and the shift to value-based care tops the list.

White House seeks $30B in Medicaid funds for Puerto Rico

Providers in Puerto Rico could potentially see some financial relief in the coming weeks, as the Obama Administration has proposed $30 billion in additional Medicaid funding for the island over the next decade, The Washington Post has reported.

CMS issues final rule on overpayments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule regarding the legal requirements providers most follow if they are overpaid.

Greater NY hospital association: Wealthier hospitals should bail out struggling institutions

One of the most influential regional hospital lobbies in the country is suggesting that its richer members "adopt" hospitals that are on the brink of financial insolvency.

More women in top management could boost bottom lines

Want to make your hospital more profitable? The solution may be putting a woman in charge

Medical malpractice: Former HCA chief proposes alternative to current system

A retired former president of the Hospital Corporation of America is advocating for a no-fault medical malpractice system in Georgia that is also being debated in other states.

Price transparency push in Florida, Missouri

The notion of price transparency among healthcare providers is continuing to surface in Florida and Missouri in two dramatically different ways.

Hospitals continue to be job-creating machines

Hospitals are continuing to hire large numbers of new workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while other healthcare professions continue to add jobs as well.

Nearly 700 rural hospitals are financially vulnerable

A new index by iVantage Health Analytics concluded that there are 673 financially vulnerable rural hospitals in the United States, of which 210 are on the brink of closing immediately. That is based on an examination of 71 factors in nine areas, including cost, charge, outcomes and financial stability.

How to make a patient payment portal successful

Organizations that aim to boost patient collections should consider creating a consumer-friendly patient portal, according to the senior director of revenue cycle for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.