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…

COLA Senior Leaders Attend Executive War College

Executives of COLA, a national laboratory accreditor for quality laboratory medicine and patient care, will attend the 2019 Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management being held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans April 30 – May 1, 2019. The Executive War College is the premier conference for laboratory executives, administrators and pathologists…

COLA Kicks-off National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

This week is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW), and COLA is very proud to take part in celebrating the important contribution that laboratorians make to patients achieving well-being and quality of life. Ms. Nancy Stratton, Chief Executive Officer of COLA, kicks off this week with a message to laboratory professionals nationwide. “Laboratorians are key…

COLA completes key assessment for ISO certification

COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization and the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001, has completed a key assessment in its ongoing endeavor in seeking the highest level of quality. COLA initially received its ISO certification in April…

COLA Presenting at CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories

The annual CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is underway this week in Las Vegas, NV and COLA, a nationally-recognized, private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is pleased to have been invited by CRI to present at their Symposium. Several Senior Leaders at COLA will share their expertise on several important topics related to excellence in laboratory…