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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @FierceHealth on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Ron Shinkman
Direct contracting by employer groups of hospital services may be a way to dramatically reduce costs.
Reference pricing--a cap on what payers would cover for certain medical procedures--is slowly gaining traction in the healthcare sector, Kaiser Health News reports.
When not-for-profit hospitals switch to for-profit status, their finances may improve but the quality of care they deliver remains about the same, concludes a new study from Harvard researchers.
Following published reports suggesting that Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that accidentally allowed two of its nurses to be infected with the Ebola virus from a patient, had taken a financial hit as a result, Bloomberg has quantified the loss: a 20 percent-plus drop in its revenue and patient census.
The VHA has created Mid-American Service Solutions, which is focused on Midwestern acute care facilities and has about 120 in its purchasing group altogether, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Will the Affordable Care Act actually add to the deficit in the coming years? Congressional Republicans, according to a recent Forbes op-ed piece, are now asserting the ACA will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, negating promises made by President Barack Obama.
A shared office of the chief executive officer is the key to a smooth merger between two of New Jersey's leading hospital systems, NJ Biz has reported.
Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent.
Hospitals now can purchase insurance to indemnify themselves from any issues surrounding the Ebola virus, according to Healthcare Dive.