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Legislation addressing PT Referral Controversy Moves in Congress

Legislation to resolve a longstanding issue with respect to CLIA enforcement – specifically, how federal regulators handle labs that mistakenly refer proficiency test samples(PT) to other labs – has moved forward in both houses of Congress. On September 20, H.R. 6118, the Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (TEST Act), introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm…

Mario Motta, MD, joins COLA Inc. Board of Directors

COLA Inc., a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announces the appointment of Mario Motta, MD, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Motta is a board-certified cardiologist from Salem, Massachusetts, and he joins COLA Inc.’s board of prominent professionals appointed by AAFP, ACP, and AMA. In addition to being…

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…

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…

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…

New survey out on the seriousness of PAMA

Under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), Congress changed the way Medicare determines rates for the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), and the implementation of PAMA led to a significant cut for a majority of the routine tests physicians use every day to care for their patients. The physician community has been increasingly concerned…

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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…