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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…

Emmanuel Kenta-Bibi, M.D., M.P.H., MSMEd., M.B.A. joins COLA Inc. Board of Directors

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor dedicated to promoting health and safety through accreditation and education, announces the appointment of Emmanuel Kenta-Bibi, M.D., M.P.H.,  MSMEd. and M.B.A., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Kenta-Bibi was appointed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and joins COLA’s board of physicians appointed by the American Medical Association (AMA), the AAFP and the…

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…

COLA’s New Headquarters Unveiled

In February, COLA unveiled its newly renovated headquarters on Broken Land Parkway in Columbia, Maryland. The unveiling was marked by a ceremonial ribbon cutting and an open house reception that was streamed live over the Internet to COLA surveyors and employees all around the country. The ceremony included COLA Chief Executive Officer Douglas Beigel, COLA…