COLA completes key assessment for ISO certification

COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization and the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001, has completed a key assessment in its ongoing endeavor in seeking the highest level of quality. COLA initially received its ISO certification in April…

COLA Presenting at CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories

The annual CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is underway this week in Las Vegas, NV and COLA, a nationally-recognized, private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is pleased to have been invited by CRI to present at their Symposium. Several Senior Leaders at COLA will share their expertise on several important topics related to excellence in laboratory…

COLA will attend 2019 Knowledge Lab

The annual Clinical Laboratory Management Association’s (CLMA) Knowledge Lab 2019 will be hosting over 100 different companies from around the U.S. to discuss laboratory medicine and COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization with over 30 years of accreditation experience, will be attending. The CLMA’s Knowledge Lab 2019 will be in Grapevine, Texas…

COLA Appoints Mark Tatelbaum as Chief Counsel

COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, has announced the appointment of Mark Tatelbaum as Chief Counsel. Tatelbaum joins COLA having extensive legal experience in healthcare and, more specifically, in the clinical laboratory sector. Tatelbaum recently served as the General Counsel for Ameritox, LLC, a national toxicology laboratory headquartered in Columbia, MD. Prior…

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019

COLA Supports 2019 National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Thirteen billion clinical laboratory tests are performed annually in clinical laboratories nationwide. These test results are relied upon by thousands of physicians each and every day to make important decisions about diagnosis and treatment in collaboration with their patients, and COLA is honored to serve the tens of thousands of professionals involved in laboratory testing…

CMS releases final Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

COLA Receives Deeming Authority for Another Six Years

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed COLA’s deeming authority for another six years under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88). COLA is a private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization accrediting clinical laboratories nationwide. Six years is the maximum period an accrediting organization can be given deeming authority before its…

COLA requests expansion of GAO report on PAMA

COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, recently sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an expansion of its recent report on the implementation of rate cuts to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) do to PAMA. The GAO, in a November 2018 report entitled, “Medicare Laboratory Tests: Implementation…