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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…

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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…

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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)…

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Recent Articles

A Celebration of Laboratory Medicine

By Douglas Beigel, CEO, COLA September, 2012 With the presidential election only weeks away, the healthcare debate will only continue to intensify as it relates to federal healthcare reform, proposed changes to Medicare, budget “sequestration,” and other health-related spending cuts. It’s a good time for all of us to shine a light on the critical…

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): One Perspective

According to a recent article on AAFP’s “News Now” site, a nationally-recognized expert on healthcare payments and quality issues believes that primary care physicians, not hospitals, should take the lead on creating ACOs. Click here to read comments made by Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform and president/CEO…

ACOs: Do You Need a Consultant?

Rules establishing “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs) – a new health care payment and delivery reform model linking provider reimbursements to quality metrics – took effect in January. COLA is working on a few initiatives intended to better define how a laboratory should integrate into the ACO model. In the meantime, this article in Amednews examines…

ACP Executive Michael Barr, M. D. to Lead ACO, PCMH Webinar for COLA

  COLA will sponsor a live webinar on two emerging healthcare delivery and cost savings models, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for clinical laboratories on Tuesday, May 22 from 2-3 p.m. EST. The program will be led by Dr. Michael S. Barr, Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Practice,…

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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…

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…