COLA POSITION STATEMENT: IOM Report: IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS IN HEALTH CARE

The National Academies of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, recently published a study that concludes that “diagnostic errors – inaccurate or delayed diagnoses – persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients.”  In reviewing the evidence, the committee concluded that most people will experience a diagnostic error…

COLA Presenting at CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories

The annual CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is underway this week in Las Vegas, NV and COLA, a nationally-recognized, private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is pleased to have been invited by CRI to present at their Symposium. Several Senior Leaders at COLA will share their expertise on several important topics related to excellence in laboratory…

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.…

COLA President’s Corner, Winter 2013

By COLA CEO Douglas Beigel The Healthcare System’s Perfect Storm You hear the term “perfect storm” a lot. It typically means that a unique alignment of circumstances has occurred, one which has the potential to produce major changes in an existing status quo. The nation’s healthcare system – and with it, the clinical laboratory community…

COLA Publishes 2020 Laboratory Accreditation Manual with New and Revised Criteria for Accreditation Customers

On May 18, 2020, COLA published the latest version of their Laboratory Accreditation Manual.  COLA laboratories and COLA surveyors apply the criteria in the Laboratory Accreditation Manual to assess compliance.   COLA accredits laboratories that are in compliance with the COLA criteria and these laboratories are recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…