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
Medicaid spending has increased dramatically during 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.
It's a matter of faith that most hospitals earn the biggest margins on patients that have private insurance. But a new study indicates that acute care facilities routinely clean up on such patients.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a list of counties and parishes that will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals.
President Barack Obama has quietly endured years of criticism for championing the Affordable Care Act, although he responded aggressively earlier this week after criticism from MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who claimed his administration deliberately lied to the American people to get the law passed through Congress.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether insider trading took place during a 2013 incident in which financial institutions were tipped off that Medicare was about to raise reimbursement rates.
Hit hard by dramatic increases in drug costs, hospitals and healthcare systems are sorting their options and finding ways to push back. Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit hospital operator in the United States, recently banned sales reps from its properties, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Hospital executives are challenged to recruit physicians, given their costs and the limits of the labor pool, but their inability to get ahead of the issue may start to hurt their bottom line, reported Fortune magazine.
The latest economic outlook survey from Premier, Inc. suggests the financial burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act have begun to recede.
Hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana are hitting up insured patients for upfront payments, out of concern they won't meet their deductibles and copayments otherwise, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.