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…

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…