GEORGIA A. TUTTLE, M.D. JOINS COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announced New Hampshire Physician, Georgia A. Tuttle, M.D., has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors by the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tuttle, a practicing dermatologist in Lebanon, NH for 30 years, was the first woman elected…

Important Information for Clinicians, Infection Control and Preventionists, and Other Healthcare Providers:

New Reportable Disease: Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis Overview: An unknown strain of Bacillus cereus causing anthrax-like disease was first isolated in a dead chimpanzee in Côte d’Ivoire in 2001 and again in 2002. Following in 2004 and 2006, researchers isolated samples from another chimpanzee and a western lowland gorilla further East in Cameroon. Although anthrax…

It’s Official: COLA Receives ISO Certification

Well, it’s official. COLA is no longer simply “recommended” for certification under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It’s there! This week, COLA received its certificate from the British Standards Institute (BSI) confirming COLA’s registration under ISO Standard 9001: 2008. COLA cleared the last hurdle on April 18, 2011, when BSI Management Systems auditor Jennifer…

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Lab Copay Proposal Part of the Federal Budget Debate

As the Obama White House and Congressional Republicans debate the debt ceiling and budget situations, possible impacts to Medicare funding continue to be part of the discussion. One of the proposals said to be on the front burner involves imposing a 20 percent Medicare Part B patient copay on clinical lab services.. Lab tests are…

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…

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Legislation addressing PT Referral Controversy Moves in Congress

Legislation to resolve a longstanding issue with respect to CLIA enforcement – specifically, how federal regulators handle labs that mistakenly refer proficiency test samples(PT) to other labs – has moved forward in both houses of Congress. On September 20, H.R. 6118, the Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (TEST Act), introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm…

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…