R.W. WATKINS, M.D., M.P.H. JOINS COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announced that Asheville Physician, R. W. “Chip” Watkins, M.D., M.P.H. has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Watkins serves as Medical Director of Community Care of Western…

The Impact of the PAMA Regulations on POLs – PART 2

Instant Access Webinar Hosted by John Daly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, COLA Description: Dr. Daly presents a comprehensive background of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA.) CMS has recently released the HCPCS codes that must be reported under the PAMA regulations. This brief update discusses reportable analytes and location of the applicable test codes.…

The Impact of PAMA Regulations on POLS – Part 3

Instant Access Webinar Hosted by John Daly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, COLA Description: Dr. Daly presents a comprehensive background of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA.) This PAMA update informs of the CMS newly released laboratory test reporting format. Learn More from CMS by Clicking Here Cost: FREE Click Here to View The Impact of…

COLA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 19 LABORATORY SCIENCE STUDENTS

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, has awarded 19 laboratory science students studying at East Coast colleges and universities with a $500 scholarship, for a total of $9,500. The COLAcares Scholarship awards stem from COLA’s GiveBack365 initiative. GiveBack365 was designed to foster awareness of careers…

ZIKA Virus and ZIKA Virus Infection

Instant Access Webinar Presented by John Daly, Chief Medical Officer, COLA Description: Over the past year, Zika virus and virus infection have been in the news on a regular basis. This presentation gives a very brief overview of Zika and provides information on clinical and laboratory resources that are kept updated and can be utilized…

The Impact of PAMA Regulations on POLS – Part 4

Instant Access Webinar Hosted by John Daly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, COLA Description: Dr. Daly presents a comprehensive background of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA.) This update covers the CMS update of the Frequent Asked Questions about the PAMA regulations. The update aims to provide further clarification as to which physician office-based labs will be…

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NEW WEBSITE AIMS TO GIVE BACK TO THE LABORATORY COMMUNITY

GiveBack365, a new community initiative and website sponsored by COLA, aims to build public awareness and support of laboratory medicine by encouraging industry partners to “Give Back” and help to enrich the lives of current and future laboratory professionals, 365 days a year. The program provides resources to current and future laboratory professionals while encouraging…

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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…

Near Patient Testing Can Help Quickly Identify the Next Zika

Our interconnected society makes it vital that our public health professionals get real-time access to diagnostic information for quick identification of the disease and treatment. However, potentially devastating cuts to the Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule from the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) could hurt all laboratories but particularly hard hit will be rural…