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CMS Announces New Approved Waived Testing Products

In its July 2011 update to the list of waived tests, CMS added three new devices approved by the FDA for this purpose. CPT CODE EFFECTIVE DATE DESCRIPTION 82274QW, G0328QW January 1, 2011 Polymedco Poly Stat OC-light FOB Test   87804QW January 10, 2011 BTNX, Inc. Rapid Response Influenza A Test Cassette   87804QW January…

CDC Seeking Volunteers to Test Online Training Module for Waived Testing

The Centers for Disease Control, which has developed educational materials encouraging healthcare professionals to follow good lab practices when performing waived testing, will soon unveil another tool. In an email message to the members of its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee, CDC is seeking physicians willing to “pilot test” a recently developed online training module…

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…

Best Practices for Administering Waived HIV Tests on National HIV Testing Day

With thousands of consumers expected to receive free HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27, COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, is offering guidelines to personnel who will perform certain  easy-to-administer tests at health facilities, substance abuse centers, family planning organizations, select Walgreen…

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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Beigel Meets with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D – 7th., MD)

COLA CEO Doug Beigel recently paid a visit to Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings in his office at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Cummings, who represents COLA’s Columbia-based headquarters in the U. S. House of Representatives, serves as Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He also has a long…

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BD Vacutainer Blood Collection Tubes by Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD): Class I Recall – Chemical Interference with Certain Tests

BD Vacutainer EDTA Lavender, Tan, and Pink Top Tubes BD Vacutainer Lithium Heparin Green Top Tube [Posted 03/23/2018] AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Nursing, Laboratory ISSUE: BD is recalling their Vacutainer EDTA Blood Collection Tubes with lavender, tan, pink and green rubber tube stoppers due to a chemical in the rubber tube stopper that interferes with the…