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

Potential pitfalls during a hospital or health system merger

Mergers and acquisitions are an inevitable part of hospital operations and healthcare delivery for the foreseeable future, but executives need to keep a cautious eye on potential pitfalls that can occur while pulling a merger offer, according to J.D. Supra Business Advisor.

To buy or lease equipment? Depends on the hospital

To buy or lease? That's often a fork in the road for consumers when it comes to purchasing a home or automobile, but the same applies to hospital management as well.

Louisiana: Hospital privatization effort saves money

The public hospitals previously operated by the Louisiana State University healthcare system spent significantly less than budgeted for indigent care in the just completed fiscal year, but lawmakers wonder whether uninsured patients are merely seeking treatment at other hospitals, the Associated Press reported.

NJ health commissioner wants hospitals to make financial disclosures

New Jersey's state health commissioner put forth a proposal that would require all hospitals in the state to publicly disclose their financial data, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Use of prefabrication shaved a year and millions off hospital's construction cost

The use of prefabricated materials on a Denver hospital shaved months and millions off the construction cost, the Denver Post reported.

Golden handshakes: Retiring on top and remaining on the payroll

Retired hospital CEOs often stay with the institution in a well-paid emeritus position, the New York Times reports. But such a practice has come under criticism.

ER physicians wind up making many observation care decisions

Emergency room physicians serve as the front-line arbiters of many federal mandates regarding how  to delivercare in the hospital setting, perhaps most importantly the two-midnight rule regarding observation care.

CBO ratchets down long-term healthcare spending forecast

Cost controls implemented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will lead to slower overall federal healthcare spending over the next 25 years.

Center for Health Transparency launches in Maine

Price and cost transparency in healthcare has been a piecemeal movement at best, with individual providers often deciding on their own whether to provide prices and other relevant data to consumers. But the new Portland, Maine-based Center for Healthcare Transparency aims to change that, with an ambitious goal to provide relevant pricing information to about half of the U.S. population by the end of the decade.