Beigel profiled by Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun publishes a recurring feature called “The Interview” in which they talk to Maryland-based CEOs. This week they featured COLA CEO Doug Beigel, who speaks about shortages in the lab workforce and COLA’s efforts to address them.

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President’s Corner: September 2011

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irene By Douglas Beigel, Chief Executive Officer COLA Hurricane Irene may finally be history, but for some labs, the hard part – cleaning up and resuming operations – has just begun. The cost of the storm is presently estimated to be up to $10 billion, making it one of the top…

Maryland Schools Offer Programs for Future Lab Scientists

If you’re a student attending or planning to attend college in Maryland and have yet to choose a career path, there are reasons to consider the lab sciences. A number of Maryland schools, including Morgan State University, the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, and the University of Maryland Baltimore, offer programs and/or financial aid opportunities…

California and the Lab Workforce Shortage

The lab workforce shortage is a national phenomenon, but it has been especially well documented in the state of California. According to the California Hospital Association (CHA), 850 new lab techs – one third of the state’s lab tech population – will be needed to replace workers set to retire by 2015. However, the state’s…

Medicare Copays for Clinical Lab Services: ACLA’s View

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this document outlining its views about proposals to change the cost sharing structure for Medicare by initiating a patient copay for lab services. _____________________ Clinical Laboratory Cost Sharing – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish One option raised by the Congressional Budget Office…

COLA Called “Best of the Best”

ADVANCE’s Jill Hoffman recently blogged about COLA becoming the first and only private accreditor to receive ISO certification. Hoffman called COLA “a model for pursuing excellence.” She added: “It is refreshing to know that some organizations still hold not only their clients and others around them to the highest possible standards, but also themselves in…

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What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Labs?

The American Clinical Laboratory Association, of which COLA is an associate member, prepared this analysis of the impact the debt ceiling compromise agreed to by President Obama and Congress will have on the lab industry. The Debt Ceiling Compromise and What It Means for Labs The legislation, once enacted, sets up essentially two stages to…