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)…

CMS releases final Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

COLA Receives Deeming Authority for Another Six Years

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed COLA’s deeming authority for another six years under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88). COLA is a private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization accrediting clinical laboratories nationwide. Six years is the maximum period an accrediting organization can be given deeming authority before its…

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 releases new eBook series COLA Primers to aid laboratories

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the release of its new and updated eBook series.  These helpful eBooks are designed specifically to assist clinical laboratories in adhering to all federal, state and local requirements.   In addition to regulatory compliance, COLA’s eBook series, called COLA Primers, assist with…

COLA requests expansion of GAO report on PAMA

COLA, a nationally recognized private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, recently sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an expansion of its recent report on the implementation of rate cuts to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) do to PAMA. The GAO, in a November 2018 report entitled, “Medicare Laboratory Tests: Implementation…

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…

CLIA waived Tests

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:…