Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns is the managing editor of The Dark Report and a contributing editor for Dark Daily. An independent journalist in Falmouth, Mass., Burns has covered health care since 1991 and clinical laboratories since 2004. He writes for a variety of publications, including Managed Care magazine (where he is a contributing editor), Hospitals & Health Networks, and Healthcare Finance News. In addition, he is the insurance topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists and has worked as a writer and editor for The Commonwealth Fund, the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the National Quality Forum. Burns has edited books on health care business strategies for Faulkner & Gray and Panel Publishers and was editor-in-chief of Business & Health magazine, formerly published by Medical Economics Co., and later was a contributing editor and columnist for Managed Healthcare Executive magazine. He began his career as a journalist in Connecticut, working as a newspaper reporter for The Wallingford Post and the Meriden Record-Journal and as a copy editor, reporter, and regional news editor for The Hartford Courant, the nation’s oldest newspaper. While working for The Courant, he taught news writing at the University of Connecticut.

Articles by Joseph Burns

Sale of Tox Lab Company Attracted Multiple Buyers

CEO SUMMARY: In the midst of expanding their toxicology testing services nationally, DrugScan and DSI Medical Services (collectively Toxicology Holdings Inc.) hired a brokerage firm last year to pursue a sale of the two toxicology companies. Multiple potential buyers responded with interest. The buyer, ACM Global Laboratories—owned by a health system in Rochester, N.Y.—saw the

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Anthem Seeks $13.5M from California Hospital

CEO SUMMARY: Anthem charged 37-bed Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol, Calif., of engaging in an improper billing scheme to defraud Anthem and its affiliated Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. In effect, the charge is a notification to SWMC that Anthem intends to sue SWMC and its owner if it does not recover the $13.5 million in a timely

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GE Healthcare Sells Omnyx to Inspirata

CEO SUMMARY: Now that the FDA has cleared a digital pathology for use in primary diagnosis, interest in DP is building. Inspirata purchased Omnyx and its assets because the Omnyx Dynamyx digital pathology software has strong features that could be integrated into Inspirata’s digital pathology solution. In this interview with THE DARK REPORT, Inspirata CEO

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Newsmaker Interview: Healthcare’s Transformation Now Bringing Changes to Lab Industry

“Today, patients want to get diagnosis and treatment faster with fewer visits to the doctor’s office. They want speedier and more comprehensive delivery of clinical services, be it laboratory tests, imaging, or other procedures.”

—Ralph Taylor, President, Sysmex America, Inc.

CEO Summary: To bring testing closer to patients, clinical laboratories will need to offer sophisticated point-of-care systems

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To Grow Nationally, NY Lab Buys Tox Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It is unusual when a regional health system’s clinical lab company acquires a commercial lab company outside its geographic home. But that’s what happened in December when Rochester Regional Health System’s subsidiary, ACM Global Laboratories, acquired a toxicology testing lab and a pre-employment drug-screening company, both in Horsham, Pa., more than 300 miles

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