Near Patient Testing Can Help Quickly Identify the Next Zika

Our interconnected society makes it vital that our public health professionals get real-time access to diagnostic information for quick identification of the disease and treatment. However, potentially devastating cuts to the Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule from the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) could hurt all laboratories but particularly hard hit will be rural…

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Announcement from the FDA regarding lead testing

FDA warns Americans about risk of inaccurate results from certain lead tests CDC recommends retesting for certain children, pregnant women and nursing mothers May 17, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for…

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NEW WEBSITE AIMS TO GIVE BACK TO THE LABORATORY COMMUNITY

GiveBack365, a new community initiative and website sponsored by COLA, aims to build public awareness and support of laboratory medicine by encouraging industry partners to “Give Back” and help to enrich the lives of current and future laboratory professionals, 365 days a year. The program provides resources to current and future laboratory professionals while encouraging…

COLA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 19 LABORATORY SCIENCE STUDENTS

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, has awarded 19 laboratory science students studying at East Coast colleges and universities with a $500 scholarship, for a total of $9,500. The COLAcares Scholarship awards stem from COLA’s GiveBack365 initiative. GiveBack365 was designed to foster awareness of careers…

GEORGIA A. TUTTLE, M.D. JOINS COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announced New Hampshire Physician, Georgia A. Tuttle, M.D., has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors by the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tuttle, a practicing dermatologist in Lebanon, NH for 30 years, was the first woman elected…

Answers to all your Zika Questions

A recent USA Today article offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.  The virus has led to an epidemic of birth defects and cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition that causes paralysis, in Latin and South America.  The virus can be spread through mosquitos, sexual transmission…

COLA OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS IN RESPONSE TO JOHNS HOPKINS STUDY THAT FINDS MEDICAL ERRORS ARE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN U.S.

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, has recognized the findings of a Johns Hopkins study that concludes that if medical errors were tabulated similarly to diseases, they would rank as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (with more than 250,000 deaths each year),…