It’s Official: COLA Receives ISO Certification

Well, it’s official. COLA is no longer simply “recommended” for certification under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It’s there! This week, COLA received its certificate from the British Standards Institute (BSI) confirming COLA’s registration under ISO Standard 9001: 2008. COLA cleared the last hurdle on April 18, 2011, when BSI Management Systems auditor Jennifer…

Important Information for Clinicians, Infection Control and Preventionists, and Other Healthcare Providers:

New Reportable Disease: Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis Overview: An unknown strain of Bacillus cereus causing anthrax-like disease was first isolated in a dead chimpanzee in Côte d’Ivoire in 2001 and again in 2002. Following in 2004 and 2006, researchers isolated samples from another chimpanzee and a western lowland gorilla further East in Cameroon. Although anthrax…

GEORGIA A. TUTTLE, M.D. JOINS COLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, announced New Hampshire Physician, Georgia A. Tuttle, M.D., has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors by the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tuttle, a practicing dermatologist in Lebanon, NH for 30 years, was the first woman elected…

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Federal Regulation of LDTs Proposed

Congressman Michael Burgess, M. D. (R-TX), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced legislation to create a process through which so-called “Laboratory Developed Tests” (LDTs) would be regulated. The legislation – H.R. 3207, the Modernizing Laboratory Test Standards for Patients Act – would establish a notification and review process at CMS…

Disaster Recovery: Six Things Labs Can Do

October, 2012 By Douglas Beigel, Chief Executive Officer COLA In October, during the week of lab-related events COLA hosted in Baltimore, we heard a number of inspirational stories related to lab medicine and the impact it has on patient safety. But during a week of great stories, one story stood out from among the rest.…

Daly Chosen as COLA’s new Chief Medical Officer

Doug Beigel recently announced that pathologist and COLA surveyor John Daly, M.D. has been named COLA’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Daly’s new position is the latest milestone in a long and distinguished career as a pathologist and a laboratory scientist. He retired from the Duke University School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Daly was…

Congressman John Sarbanes Visits COLA Headquarters

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD-03) visited the Columbia headquarters of COLA, the largest private accreditor of clinical laboratories in the United States, where he met privately with COLA’s leadership team, including Chief Executive Officer Douglas Beigel, and later with nearly 50 of COLA’s employees in an informal “town hall” forum. Congressman Sarbanes, who chaired the healthcare…

Congressman Elijah Cummings Honored for Support of Lab Quality

COLA has presented the 2011 Perry A. Lambird Memorial Excellence in Medicine Award to Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-7th, MD). Typically bestowed upon distinguished individuals within the medical or lab communities, Cummings is the first public servant to receive it. Rep. Cummings was selected because of his long history of advocating for the rights of all…