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

Hospital M&As decline in the second quarter

Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC.

California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reported

5 concerns that should keep hospital CFOs up at night

Chief financial officers of hospitals, health plans and other ventures in the health sector should not only keep their eyes on the bottom line, but also five other areas that have financial implications under the Affordable Care Act, Forbes reports.

Atlanta hospital tries pegging costs to actual activities

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient.

What the Chinese healthcare system could learn from ours

It seems China is beating us on every front. They've got some 7,000 miles of high-speed rail tracks, while we have managed to manufacture at least that many arguments against building a...

A primer on how for-profit hospitals operate

In New Jersey, where for-profit hospital operators are rapidly transforming healthcare delivery, the Bergen County Record has compiled an action list of how they operate in order to maximize their bottom lines.

American Hospital Association calls for end to OIG audits

The American Hospital Association called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cease what it calls "flawed and redundant" audits by its Office of the Inspector General in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Mayo reports big boost to bottom line

The insured patient generation created by the Affordable Care Act is gravy for the Mayo Clinic.

SC hospitals: Financial data on new website distorted

The state of South Carolina recently began posting hospital financial data on its website. However, many of the state's acute care providers dispute the accuracy of the information, GSA Business reported.

Is Partnership for Patients Program flawed?

An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether the Partnership for Patients Program has actually led to an improvement in patient care.