COLA is a physician-directed organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and patient care through a program of voluntary education, consultation and accreditation.
COLA was founded in 1988 as a private alternative to help laboratories stay in compliance with the new Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In 1993, the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) granted COLA deeming authority under CLIA, and in 1997 the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) also recognized COLA's laboratory accreditation program.
Committed to helping your laboratory achieve excellence in health care, COLA offers a range of services that takes the complexity out of accreditation. The goal is simple - to use education to help you improve your lab and serve your patients better. By taking a partnership approach, we work with you to make the accreditation process simple, quick, and tailored to meet your specific needs.
When proper procedures are known and adhered to, the risk of errors is reduced - errors that could result in complications for patients and practice litigation.