COLA Publishes 2020 Laboratory Accreditation Manual with New and Revised Criteria for Accreditation Customers

On May 18, 2020, COLA published the latest version of their Laboratory Accreditation Manual.  COLA laboratories and COLA surveyors apply the criteria in the Laboratory Accreditation Manual to assess compliance.   COLA accredits laboratories that are in compliance with the COLA criteria and these laboratories are recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…

Mario Motta, MD, joins COLA Inc. Board of Directors

COLA Inc., a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the appointment of Mario Motta, MD, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Motta is a board-certified cardiologist from Salem, Massachusetts, and he joins COLA Inc.’s board of prominent professionals appointed by AAFP, ACP, and AMA. In addition to being…

COLA Inc. Conducting New Survey on PAMA’s Impact on Clinical Laboratories

COLA Inc., a nationally-recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is inviting clinical laboratories to participate in a new survey to gather data about how cuts in Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) are impacting their services to patients. Since the implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, clinical laboratories have experienced…

COLA Inc. Launches Revitalizing Direction With New Logo

COLA Inc., a national laboratory accreditor and a champion for quality laboratory medicine and patient care, announced that it is changing its corporate logo. The change comes after COLA’s CEO Nancy Stratton celebrated her one year anniversary with the organization. In this short video, Stratton introduces the new logo and the revitalizing direction for COLA…

Proficiency Testing LabGuide

Proficiency Testing (PT) is an important aspect of a laboratory’s overall assessment of quality. PT serves as an external check to verify the accuracy of a laboratory’s test results by providing an unknown specimen for analysis by the laboratory. This resource provides laboratories with requirements, processes, and procedures to achieve quality testing and meet CLIA…

Quality Assessment LabGuide

In this resource you will learn how to develop and implement an effective Quality Assessment Plan which:

  • Defines roles and responsibilities
  • Identifies problems that might negatively affects patient care
  • Meets standards of performance, and enables lab managers to immediately address noted deficiencies
  • Creates a culture of quality in the laboratory

Meaningful Competency Assessment Webinar

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Differentiate between Competency Assessment and the traditional performance evaluation
  • Outline the six CLIA-required components of Competency Assessment
  • Apply methods described to conduct and document meaningful competency assessments
  • Comply with COLA criteria that address Competency Assessments