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 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 Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Ron Shinkman

Vermont pulls single-payer plan

Maple syrup may continue be on the table for many Vermonters, but single-payer healthcare no longer is.

Prefab saved $4.3 million on Denver hospital construction

The use of prefabricated elements in the construction of a hospital in the Rocky Mountains saved millions of dollars, according to a new study by the University of Colorado.

Ratings agencies have pessimistic outlook for hospitals

Even as the economic recovery and the Affordable Care Act continue to take hold in much of the U.S., non-profit hospitals still face a pinched fiscal climate.

SGR repeal absent from federal spending bill

Although it seems the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed by Congress contained help for virtually every Washington interest group, doctors appear to have been left out.

HBO's Will Scheffer takes on CMS, hospice revenue: A must-watch for healthcare finance leaders

The first time I saw the dark HBO comedy "Getting On," every single healthcare policy synapse lit up in my brain. That one 30-minute episode explored the Centers for Medicare &...

Hospice market opens up for bid in Tampa Bay area

Florida officials have decided to expand hospice services in the western portion of the state, prompting a stampede of potential bidders for the services, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.

Partners criticized for nickel-and-diming lowest-paid employees

Partners HealthCare, which has come under fire for charging what some critics say are high prices for care, is conversely nickel-and-diming its lowest-paid employees, The Boston Globe reported.

RAC outpatient claims denials on the climb

Hospitals still continue to aggressively appealing claims denials by Recovery Audit Contractors and get a large percentage of them overturned, according to new data from the American Hospital Association's RACTrac Survey. And RACs also are becoming more aggressive in terms of denying outpatient claims for payment.

Tenet decides against buying Connecticut hospitals

The Constitution State is not for Tenet Healthcare. The Dallas-based for-profit hospital chain has pulled out of its bid to acquire five financially ailing hospitals in Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reported.

U.S. hospitals spend more on administration than patient care

U.S. hospitals spend so much on unnecessary administration tasks that it adds about $2,000 to the typical American household's healthcare costs, new research by two physicians concluded.