Special COVID-19 Edition of COLA’s inSights

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the release of its latest publication centered around the recent COVID-19 pandemic.   COLA’s inSights is a publication containing specialized articles written by experts in the clinical laboratory field on topics carefully chosen to be of special interest to laboratorians. The latest inSights includes topics on…

Lisa Bohman Egbert, MD, joins COLA Inc. Board of Directors

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the appointment of Lisa Bohman Egbert, MD, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Egbert joins COLA’s board of prominent professionals appointed by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).…

COLA releases new eBook series COLA Primers to aid laboratories

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the release of its new and updated eBook series.  These helpful eBooks are designed specifically to assist clinical laboratories in adhering to all federal, state and local requirements.   In addition to regulatory compliance, COLA’s eBook series, called COLA Primers, assist with…

Nicole D. Riddle, MD, joins COLA Inc. Board of Directors

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the appointment of Nicole D. Riddle, MD, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Riddle joins COLA’s Board of Directors comprised of prominent professionals appointed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the…

COLA completes ISO re-certification

COLA, the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001, recently passed its audit. The audit from the British Standards Institute (BSI) extended its ISO certification to COLA’s newly launched FDA Third Party Review Services. COLA’s ISO 9001 certificate covers the delivery and…

CMS approves COLA for virtual laboratory surveys

COLA continues to expand its capabilities to support laboratories during COVID-19, and recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved COLA’s virtual survey process. This process was submitted in response to the current pandemic and its effect on the ability to perform surveys within the timeframe required by CMS. “Currently, we anticipate…

COLA Publishes 2020 Laboratory Accreditation Manual with New and Revised Criteria for Accreditation Customers

On May 18, 2020, COLA published the latest version of their Laboratory Accreditation Manual.  COLA laboratories and COLA surveyors apply the criteria in the Laboratory Accreditation Manual to assess compliance.   COLA accredits laboratories that are in compliance with the COLA criteria and these laboratories are recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…

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…

COLA Inc. Conducting New Survey on PAMA’s Impact on Clinical Laboratories

COLA Inc., a nationally-recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is inviting clinical laboratories to participate in a new survey to gather data about how cuts in Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) are impacting their services to patients. Since the implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, clinical laboratories have experienced…