COLA Wins Awards in 2015 Marketing Competition

COLA recently was honored in a marketing competition that recognizes the nation’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals. COLA has received two Aster Awards, given for outstanding excellence in marketing and advertising. One of the largest programs of its kind, the medical marketing competition allows healthcare organizations and advertising agencies to compete against similarly sized competitors…

COLA Extends Discounts to California Medical Association Members who Operate Laboratories

Lab Accreditor Offers Special Rates for Lab Accreditation, Educational Resources and More  Leading laboratory accreditor COLA, approved by Laboratory Field Services (LFS) to accredit laboratories in California, announced that California Medical Association (CMA) members who operate laboratories are eligible for special member-only discounts on a full range of its accreditation services and educational products. With…

COLA Retains ISO Certification

Once again, COLA was visited by auditors from the British Standards Institution (BSI) relative to its certification under ISO standard: 9001 affecting quality management systems. COLA first received this important certification in 2011. During the audit, no nonconformities were found, and only a few additional opportunities for improvement were identified. COLA remains the only CMS-deemed…

COLA honors Dr. Douglas Henley (CEO/ EVP, American Academy of Family Physicians) with prestigious award

COLUMBIA, MD, January 30, 2015 – COLA, a leading laboratory accreditor, today announced that Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is the 2015 recipient of the organization’s Perry A. Lambird Memorial Excellence in Medicine Award. The national award is bestowed on a professional…

COLA WHITE PAPER HELPS LABS INTEGRATE PRACTICES WITH PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL HOME MODEL

COLA recently released a white paper to assist physician office laboratories (POLs) in aligning their practices with new Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards. The resource, entitled Integrating Laboratories into the PCMH Model of Health Care Delivery describes principles that practices can incorporate to exceed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards for PCMH…

Laboratory Excellence Award Spotlight – Dexter Medical Center Laboratory

COLA continues to spotlight a laboratory that has shown excellence not only in their compliance with accreditation standards, but also overall high quality patient care.  COLA Accredited laboratories that meet the Laboratory Excellence Award (LEA) have had zero citations on their survey; no unsuccessful Proficiency Testing (PT) for any regulated analyte/subspecialty/specialty for the last two years…

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COLA Seeks Waived Labs to Participate in Pilot Programs

COLA is launching a Waived Testing Pilot Program, designed to obtain laboratory feedback on a series of products for waived labs. Participating laboratories will receive complimentary lab resources, ranging from an on-site survey to enrollment in year-long Proficiency Testing, depending on the pilot program. We plan to conduct four pilot programs starting this fall. These include:…

COLA Receives ISO 9001:2008 Recertification

COLA has been recertified as meeting high “Quality Management System” standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008), an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various standards organizations. COLA’s recertification, which comes from ISO registrar British Standards Institute (BSI) under certificate number FS 564214, covers COLA’s delivery and administration of its CLIA-equivalent accreditation…

COLA presents scholarships to aspiring laboratorians

The COLAcares Give Back 365 program was designed to help address potential workforce shortages by educating young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers. Through the program COLA employees engage students in real-life case studies at local STEM fairs, speak at schools, and provide financial assistance to studying laboratory professionals.…