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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…

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What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Labs?

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this analysis of the impact the debt ceiling compromise agreed to by President Obama and Congress will have on the lab industry. The Debt Ceiling Compromise and What It Means for Labs The legislation, once enacted, sets up essentially two stages to…

Scholarships Available to Lab Students

In an effort to help address the workforce shortage which has plagued the medical laboratory profession, ASCP and Siemens will be awarding more than $125,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students during the 2011-2012 academic year. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available, The deadline for applications is November 15,…

Rule Would Rescind Physician Signature Rule for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to retract the so-called physician signature requirement for clinical diagnostic lab testing. Originally part of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the policy would have required the signature of a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner on a requisition for tests paid…