Best Practices for Administering Waived HIV Tests on National HIV Testing Day

With thousands of consumers expected to receive free HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27, COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, is offering guidelines to personnel who will perform certain  easy-to-administer tests at health facilities, substance abuse centers, family planning organizations, select Walgreen…

COLA WHITE PAPER HELPS LABS INTEGRATE PRACTICES WITH PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL HOME MODEL

COLA recently released a white paper to assist physician office laboratories (POLs) in aligning their practices with new Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards. The resource, entitled Integrating Laboratories into the PCMH Model of Health Care Delivery describes principles that practices can incorporate to exceed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards for PCMH…

Laboratory Excellence Award Spotlight – Dexter Medical Center Laboratory

COLA continues to spotlight a laboratory that has shown excellence not only in their compliance with accreditation standards, but also overall high quality patient care.  COLA Accredited laboratories that meet the Laboratory Excellence Award (LEA) have had zero citations on their survey; no unsuccessful Proficiency Testing (PT) for any regulated analyte/subspecialty/specialty for the last two years…

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COLA Seeks Waived Labs to Participate in Pilot Programs

COLA is launching a Waived Testing Pilot Program, designed to obtain laboratory feedback on a series of products for waived labs. Participating laboratories will receive complimentary lab resources, ranging from an on-site survey to enrollment in year-long Proficiency Testing, depending on the pilot program. We plan to conduct four pilot programs starting this fall. These include:…

COLA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Recertification

COLA has been recertified as meeting high “Quality Management System” standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008), an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various standards organizations. COLA’s recertification, which comes from ISO registrar British Standards Institute (BSI) under certificate number FS 564214, covers COLA’s delivery and administration of its CLIA-equivalent accreditation…

COLA Leadership Summit Concludes with a Path Forward

COLA successfully concluded its 2014 Leadership Summit last week. More than 30 thought leaders in health care, including physicians, regulators, public health experts, medical laboratory scientists, manufacturers, nurse practitioners and more gathered in San Francisco to discuss the future of laboratory medicine in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group explored the implications…

COLA announces Leadership Summit keynote speakers

COLA is happy to announce its keynote speakers and attendees for the 2014 Leadership Summit to be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California on April 28th and 29th. Ensuring quality in laboratories benefits patients directly by preventing potentially life-threatening errors. Interdisciplinary healthcare leaders attending the Summit will convene to discuss the…