COLA Withdraws From Pathology Specialty

In a letter dated June 15, COLA (formerly the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation) provided official notice of its intent to voluntarily withdraw from accreditation in the pathology specialty, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in an Aug. 11 notice.

COLA was granted approval as an accreditation organization from Feb. 23, 2007 until Feb. 25, 2013. During this time, CMS says in the notice, COLA was allowed to accredit labs for purposes of establishing their compliance with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements.

The withdrawal is effective as of June 30. According to CMS, all labs accredited by COLA in the specialty of pathology (to include histopathology, oral pathology, or cytology) have until Oct. 11 to seek either CLIA inspection by the state agency where the lab is located or accreditation with another accrediting organization that is currently CMS-approved for the pathology specialty.

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