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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Ron Shinkman
Bundling payments may hold promise for holding down future healthcare costs, but experts who spoke at a recent Politico Pro event on the topic say many obstacles lie ahead for its implementation.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has made a draft recommendation that includes a modest bump in payments to hospitals while also suggesting cuts to nursing homes.
With the recent budget accord apparently excluding the Medicare program from restored sequester-related cuts, hospitals are mulling both their lobbying and financial options, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Utah, a Republican-dominated state that has yet to determine whether it will expand its Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, is now considering a plan similar to one in Arkansas: Using public dollars to purchase private healthcare coverage.
New York State's new online database of what hospitals charge for specific procedures shows that their practices are all over the map, Kaiser Health News reported.
The Obama administration is in no hurry to enact Affordable Care Act-related rules intended to prevent hospitals from potentially overcharging patients, according to Time Magazine.
Two Ohio public policy advocate groups and a Cleveland-area labor union have criticized the Cleveland Clinic and the University Hospitals healthcare systems, claiming both are affecting the state's largest school system because they do not pay any taxes, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has partially approved a waiver for Iowa to expand its Medicaid program, according to the Des Moines Register.