Best Practices for Administering Waived HIV Tests on National HIV Testing Day

With thousands of consumers expected to receive free HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27, COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, is offering guidelines to personnel who will perform certain  easy-to-administer tests at health facilities, substance abuse centers, family planning organizations, select Walgreen…

COLA WHITE PAPER HELPS LABS INTEGRATE PRACTICES WITH PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL HOME MODEL

COLA recently released a white paper to assist physician office laboratories (POLs) in aligning their practices with new Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards. The resource, entitled Integrating Laboratories into the PCMH Model of Health Care Delivery describes principles that practices can incorporate to exceed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards for PCMH…

Laboratory Excellence Award Spotlight – Dexter Medical Center Laboratory

COLA continues to spotlight a laboratory that has shown excellence not only in their compliance with accreditation standards, but also overall high quality patient care.  COLA Accredited laboratories that meet the Laboratory Excellence Award (LEA) have had zero citations on their survey; no unsuccessful Proficiency Testing (PT) for any regulated analyte/subspecialty/specialty for the last two years…

COLA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Recertification

COLA has been recertified as meeting high “Quality Management System” standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008), an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various standards organizations. COLA’s recertification, which comes from ISO registrar British Standards Institute (BSI) under certificate number FS 564214, covers COLA’s delivery and administration of its CLIA-equivalent accreditation…

COLA presents scholarships to aspiring laboratorians

The COLAcares Give Back 365 program was designed to help address potential workforce shortages by educating young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers. Through the program COLA employees engage students in real-life case studies at local STEM fairs, speak at schools, and provide financial assistance to studying laboratory professionals.…

COLA continues to build partnerships in the Golden State

This week, members of the COLA team traveled to Sacramento, California to continue to build partnerships with regulators, legislators and policymakers active in issues affecting laboratory medicine. The team met with Senators, Assemblymembers and their staff to discuss the current landscape of healthcare in California and the critical role that laboratory medicine plays in influencing…

COLA recommends guidelines for National HIV Testing Day providers

As health departments, AIDS service organizations, pharmacies and other entities prepare to take part in National HIV Testing Day on June 27, COLA is offering guidelines for personnel administering “waived” HIV tests. Waived lab tests are simple tests performed at the point-of-care and are exempted from most federal oversight. Thousands of health facilities, substance abuse…

COLA Leadership Summit Concludes with a Path Forward

COLA successfully concluded its 2014 Leadership Summit last week. More than 30 thought leaders in health care, including physicians, regulators, public health experts, medical laboratory scientists, manufacturers, nurse practitioners and more gathered in San Francisco to discuss the future of laboratory medicine in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group explored the implications…

COLA announces Leadership Summit keynote speakers

COLA is happy to announce its keynote speakers and attendees for the 2014 Leadership Summit to be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California on April 28th and 29th. Ensuring quality in laboratories benefits patients directly by preventing potentially life-threatening errors. Interdisciplinary healthcare leaders attending the Summit will convene to discuss the…