COLA POSITION STATEMENT: IOM Report: IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS IN HEALTH CARE

The National Academies of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, recently published a study that concludes that “diagnostic errors – inaccurate or delayed diagnoses – persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients.”  In reviewing the evidence, the committee concluded that most people will experience a diagnostic error…

COLA OFFERS TOOLS TO CALIFORNIA LABS FOR TRANSITIONING TO NEW QUALITY CONTROL PLAN

COLA to Assist Labs in Implementing Individualized Quality Control Plans  COLUMBIA, MD, September 23, 2015 – Leading laboratory accreditor COLA, approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories in California, announced that it is offering  a suite of tools to assist California labs in transitioning to a new quality testing procedure called Individualized Quality…

COLA Accredited, Moleculera Labs, Receives Grant from OCAST

Congratulations to COLA Accredited, Moleculera Labs, who today, announced the receipt of a two-year, $300,000 matching grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). This grant supports the development and clinical validation of new diagnostic testing panels to identify autoantibodies directed against neuronal antigens in patients experiencing neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression,…

COLA Extends Discounts to California Medical Association Members who Operate Laboratories

Lab Accreditor Offers Special Rates for Lab Accreditation, Educational Resources and More  Leading laboratory accreditor COLA, approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories in California, announced that California Medical Association (CMA) members who operate laboratories are eligible for special member-only discounts on a full range of its accreditation services and educational products. With…

COLA Retains ISO Certification

Once again, COLA was visited by auditors from the British Standards Institution (BSI) relative to its certification under ISO standard: 9001 affecting quality management systems. COLA first received this important certification in 2011. During the audit, no nonconformities were found, and only a few additional opportunities for improvement were identified. COLA remains the only CMS-deemed…

COLA honors Dr. Douglas Henley (CEO/ EVP, American Academy of Family Physicians) with prestigious award

COLUMBIA, MD, January 30, 2015 – COLA, a leading laboratory accreditor, today announced that Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is the 2015 recipient of the organization’s Perry A. Lambird Memorial Excellence in Medicine Award. The national award is bestowed on a professional…

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…

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 presents scholarships to aspiring laboratorians

The COLAcares Give Back 365 program was designed to help address potential workforce shortages by educating young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers. Through the program COLA employees engage students in real-life case studies at local STEM fairs, speak at schools, and provide financial assistance to studying laboratory professionals.…