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

SGR fix not likely in near-term

Providers should once again expect lawmakers to approve the time-honored patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula to ensure physicians don't endure a huge cut in Medicare reimbursement, according to MedPage Today. 

Massachusetts hospitals that charge more get more revenue

Academic medical centers and other hospitals that charge higher prices for their services received the lion's share of payments for providing care to patients in Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013, according to a new study published by the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

Daughters of Charity sues union for Prime deal interference

Prime Healthcare Services has yet to decide whether to purchase six hospitals from the Daughters of Charity healthcare system for $843 million. But Daughters of Charity has not hesitated to sue one of the deal's biggest critics.

ACO chief: Controlling 'super-utilizers' one of the keys to success

Using data analytics to identify "super-utilizers" within a healthcare system is one of the key ways for an accountable care organization to control costs.m accordinf to Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC.

Georgia will try hub-and-spoke model for rural hospitals

Rural hospitals continue to struggle in Georgia, with some being forced to close their doors. That has prompted lawmakers to consider a variety of options, including a new proposal by a rural health committee assembled by Gov. Nathan Deal to essentially remake that state's five dozen rural providers into a holistic system.

Information hospitals typically keep from patients

Hospitals are mysterious places that may keep information from patients, Marketplace has reported. Often those items directly impact healthcare finance and the cost of care.

Indiana unveils price transparency website

The Hoosier State is the latest to get into the price transparency game, with the Indiana Hospital Association launching a database that contains a variety of charges for common medical procedures, the Indianapolis Star reported.

California AG approves Prime deal, but with many conditions

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has approved Prime Healthcare Services' plan to acquire the Daughters of Charity healthcare system, but it's unclear whether the organization will finalize the $843 million deal.

NC hospitals pull back on patient lawsuits

For years North Carolina hospitals would sue patients if they couldn't pay their bills, sometimes even for nominal amounts. But it appears that acute care institutions in the Tar Heel State are rethinking that strategy.

Hospitals could probably divert most super-users

A large number of so-called hospital "super-users" could probably avoid their multiple inpatient stays with more coordinated care, according to data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.