COLA to Assist Labs in Implementing Individualized Quality Control Plans
COLUMBIA, MD, September 23, 2015 – Leading laboratory accreditor COLA, approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories in California, announced that it is offering a suite of tools to assist California labs in transitioning to a new quality testing procedure called Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). COLA is providing the materials following the recent passage of California SB 75, which includes the use of alternate quality testing procedures recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The legislation permits labs in the state to implement IQCP, a QC option that will go into effect January 1, 2016. The previous form of alternate quality testing recognized by CMS, Equivalent Quality Control (EQC), is now also allowed in California, but only through December 31, 2015, when IQCP will become the only CMS-recognized alternate quality testing procedure.
IQCP allows labs to consider all possible sources of errors unique to their individual laboratory, and to develop a quality control plan customized for their testing workflow process, while maintaining compliance with applicable regulations. To implement IQCP, a lab must perform a risk assessment, using the lab’s own data and personnel, and then develop a QC plan based upon the risk assessment. All laboratory specialties except Pathology are eligible for IQCP.
COLA’s IQCP tools are available through COLA Resources, Inc. (CRI), COLA’s education subsidiary, and include an IQCP Implementation Guide and special software designed to assist labs with:
- Creating a QC plan that is clinically and financially beneficial to their laboratory;
- Providing a road map for performing a Risk Assessment unique to their lab;
- Optimizing their current QC/QA processes;
- Identifying new and ongoing ways their labs can optimize the quality of patient care;
- Adhering to federal, state, and accrediting organization requirements.
“CRI’s suite of IQCP tools is designed to help labs identify, evaluate and control potential errors that are relevant to their laboratory by implementing targeted Quality Control measures,” said Doug Beigel, COLA Chief Executive Officer. “Both the manual and the software program simplify the terminology and concepts, and provide a clear roadmap to developing and implementing an individualized quality control plan that is personalized to their laboratory. They are the most comprehensive, easy-to-understand IQCP guides available.”
For more information about CRI’s IQCP products, visit www.criedu.org or call 1-800-981-9883.
About COLA Resources, Inc. (CRI)
CRI is a leader in online continuing education for physicians, laboratory personnel and allied health professionals. CRI offers continuing education through online courses, informational products in both electronic and hard copy form, webinars on cutting-edge technology and regulatory issues, and CRI on-site Symposia for Clinical Laboratories, providing live educational sessions and interactive workshops with leading industry organizations. For more information, visit its website at www.criedu.org or call 1-800-981-9883.
COLA accredits nearly 7,600 medical laboratories and provides the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation, and accreditation. The organization is an independent, non-profit accreditor whose education program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and California state regulatory requirements. COLA’s program is endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) and it is recognized by The Joint Commission (TJC). For more information about COLA accreditation services and educational products, and online educational opportunities, please call 800-981-9883 or visit COLA’s web site at www.cola.org or www.colainsider.org.