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

Will there actually be any takers on the HHS plan to speed up value-based payments?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' announcement yesterday that it plans to more aggressively sync provider payments with the quality of care they provide is a bold and overdue...

AHA: SGR fix should not come at expense of hospitals

Congress should fix the long-disregarded sustainable growth rate formula, but not at the expense of hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association.

Provider, payer communities react to HHS value-based payment initiative

Reaction was mixed to Monday's news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to aggressively shift Medicare provider payments from a fee-for-service model to a system based more on quality and improved patient outcomes.

AHA says uncompensated care rose slightly in 2013

Uncompensated care expenditures by hospitals increased for the 13th consecutive year in 2013, although the increase was relatively modest and was outstripped by moderations in total hospital operating expenses.

Latest technique for medical bill collection: Forced guardianship

Some nursing homes and hospitals have moved patients into formal guardianships to ensure that patients pay their bills, according to the New York Times.

BREAKING NEWS: Feds speed plans for value-based payments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday said it would fundamentally reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years.

Early intervention catheterizations cut costs

A study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology concluds that earlier coronary interventions saved an average of $2,359 per patient (in U.S. dollars) when compared to patients whose intervention was delayed.

Healthcare spending picks up again

The Great Recession--and to a lesser extent some of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act--have slowed healthcare spending. But is it on the uptick again? That's a question the Michigan-based Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending asks every month. And for the month of November 2014, while healthcare inflation appeared level, spending was not.

AHA asks Supreme Court to hear case on ProMedica deal

The American Hospital Association has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a legal doctrine used to secure some antitrust waivers for mergers in other fields and have it apply to similar deals involving hospitals, AHA News Now reported.

Sen. Grassley furious that hospitals sue low-income patients

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed astonishment that not-for-profit hospitals garnish the wages of low-income patients who should have qualified for charity care at the institutions where they received treatment, according to NPR and ProPublica.