CMS releases new proposed PT regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed regulations which would, among other things, includes regulatory revisions to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88). Specifically, the proposed rule would implement the “Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act of 2012” (Pub. L. 112-202). Enacted on December 4, 2012, the…

COLA President’s Corner, Winter 2013

By COLA CEO Douglas Beigel The Healthcare System’s Perfect Storm You hear the term “perfect storm” a lot. It typically means that a unique alignment of circumstances has occurred, one which has the potential to produce major changes in an existing status quo. The nation’s healthcare system – and with it, the clinical laboratory community…

CLIA Regulations

COLA visits AdvaMed to discuss PCLE initiative

COLA CEO Doug Beigel, COO Paul Campognone, Chief Marketing Officer James Liggins, and Government and External Affairs Manager Richard Cross recently traveled to Washington to speak to about 30 members of AdvaMed, a trade association whose members make medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems. The COLA representatives discussed the overall role of laboratory…

COLA Wins Prestigious Brandon Hall Award

COLA recently received a coveted Brandon Hall Group 2012 Excellence Awards Program. COLA received a Silver Award in the competition’s Learning Technology Implementations category. COLA was honored for the redesign of its labuniversity.org educational platform, designed to make it more convenient for physicians and laboratory staff to obtain laboratory training that meets certification and licensing…