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 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 Appoints Nancy Stratton as Chief Executive Officer

COLA, the nation’s premier clinical laboratory accreditation provider, has announced the appointment of Nancy Stratton as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A senior executive with more than 35 years of experience in laboratory management, Stratton will be responsible for driving the organization’s continued growth as it furthers its mission to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and…

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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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…

COLA Kickoffs Patient Safety Awareness Week

The safety of a patient is the most important thing in the medical field, and laboratory medicine is no different. The week of March 11-17 COLA asks everyone to join in the celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week. Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time for the nation to highlight the importance of patient safety…