In October, Welia Health received notification that it had met all specified criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA Inc., for both its Pine City and Hinckley Clinic laboratories. Mora hospital and clinic labs were certified in March, coinciding with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COLA is a leading national laboratory accreditor; whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements. On-site inspections for continued accreditation occur approximately every two years.
Using education and a mentoring approach to improve quality and patient safety, accreditation is given to laboratories that apply the highest standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.
COLA Inc. is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. In 1993, COLA Inc. was granted deemed status by CMS to provide laboratory accreditation. As a leading laboratory accreditor in the United States, COLA Inc. is the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015. This means we offer our customers a unique, standardized program and staff dedicated to satisfaction and laboratory quality. Our surveyors and technical advisors are guided by a coaching approach and uncomplicated quality engineered processes. Laboratories of all types and sizes are evaluated and mentored to produce accurate test results and meet CLIA regulations. COLA Inc. is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine.