COLA Shares Important Information about the Meningitis Outbreak

The CDC has released the following diagnostic testing instructions for the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation. If you have any other questions please contact COLA directly at 1-800-981-9883. Diagnostic Testing for Septic Arthritis and Specimen Submission to CDC – Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products The pathogens involved in this cluster of…

COLA Presents Scholarships to Prospective Lab Workers

Last week, laboratory accreditor COLA presented seven $500 scholarships to students from Morgan State University (MSU) and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) during a major symposium which drew medical professionals from across the U.S. The organization also honored workers from a Joplin, MO lab for their heroic efforts to provide vital lab testing…

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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…

COLA’s Marketing Activities Recognized

  COLA recently received three prestigious Aster Awards in recognition of its marketing efforts during the past year. COLA’s awards spanned three different categories: Special Events: Award presented for the COLA Cares Week of team- and industry-building events held in May 2011. Advertising Specialty: Award presented for the COLA Cares T-Shirt created for the aforementioned…