Joint Commission Will No Longer Accept COLA Accreditation

Elsewhere in the Jan. 23, 2023 issue, Labcorp selects Oracle Cerner to streamline lab workflows

The Dark Report reports on the provocative move by The Joint Commission (TJC) to no longer recognize COLA’s accreditation program for laboratories within TJC-accredited facilities.  The decision was effective Jan 1, 2023. COLA-accredited labs within TJC-inspected facilities have two years to switch their CLIA accreditation provider. The reasons behind The Joint Commission’s decision remain unclear.
This action may have no precedent in the 30 years since the regulations implementing the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) took effect in 1992. Until now, a CLIA lab accreditation issued by any of the organizations granted deeming authority by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been generally recognized by the other deeming bodies.
Elsewhere in the issue, The Dark Report:

  • Delves into new recommendations from the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee that will shape future updates to CLIA.
  • Examines the deal in which Labcorp will use Oracle Cerner’s lab information systems to update clinical laboratory workflow processes and support the sharing of patient data across healthcare organizations.
  • Explains the rollout of new Current Procedural Terminology codes  for digital pathology services and the role pathologists have in using them during a tryout phase.

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