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

The financial return on a culture of patient safety

The patient safety program at the Adventist Health System saved lives and also $108 million in total costs between 2009 and 2012, according to a new study pubilshed in the Journal of Patient Safety. 

Are hospital leaders the culprits for rising healthcare costs?

Are America's hospitals the villains in the ongoing war against healthcare costs? Reihan Salam seems to think so. He argues in a recent issue of Slate that hospital business practices drive up costs and that politicians regularly close ranks to protect their interests.

 

MRSA prevention in hospitals might be too costly

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a scourge in hospitals, infecting thousands of patients a year, but a new study suggests that it may be too expensive to treat aggressively.

 

Hospital cost-shifting may be overblown

The New York Times takes a new look at the phenomenon of cost-shifting, supposedly caused by Medicaid's underpayments to hospitals, which in turn cause hospitals to charge higher rates to commercially insured patients.

Hospital bill for child delivery: $37,000

The LA Times looks at the confusing charges and escalating prices for a three-day hospital stay and physician fees for an uncomplicated child delivery.

HHS: Medicaid expansion cut uncompensated care by $7.4B

The expansion of Medicaid program eligibility under the Affordable Care Act reduced the cost of caring for the uninsured by $7.4 billion last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Compassionate healthcare can boost bottom line

Compassionate healthcare delivery might not only be morally correct, it could also help hospitals and health systems' bottom lines.

Is Medicaid expansion truly destroying America?

The Heritage Foundation--the conservative think tank that unwittingly brought us the Affordable Care Act--wants to let you know that Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law is destroying America.

Hospitals have cut use of fossil fuels, but not electricity

Hospitals have cut their use of fossil fuel for their energy needs in recent years, but they still rely on electricity, according to the latest report by Chicago-based engineering consultant Grumman/Butkus Associates.

Hepatitis C drugs could drive up U.S. health costs by $10 billion a year

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.concludes that the new class of drugs developed to treat hepatitis C could drive up healthcare costs by nearly $50 billion over the next five years.