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 email@example.com. Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Ron Shinkman
Congress should fix the long-disregarded sustainable growth rate formula, but not at the expense of hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association.
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.
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.
Some nursing homes and hospitals have moved patients into formal guardianships to ensure that patients pay their bills, according to the New York Times.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.