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ACP members to receive discounts on Patient-Centered
Laboratory Excellence program
January 10, 2013 -- COLA, a leading laboratory accreditor, today
announced an agreement with the American College of Physicians
(ACP) to promote a program of laboratory excellence to ACP members.
The joint initiative is designed to assist Patient-Centered Medical
Home practices in delivering quality and value-driven laboratory
medicine to their patients through a new COLA laboratory
recognition program, called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence
The program emphasizes continuous good laboratory practices
above and beyond current regulatory requirements for clinical
laboratories performing PPM, waived, moderate and high complexity
"Through the PCLE program, COLA is helping to frame the
laboratory's proper role in emerging new healthcare delivery models
such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable
Care Organizations (ACO)," said COLA CEO Doug Beigel.
"Practitioners using the services of a COLA PCLE-recognized
laboratory can be assured of high quality results, generated by
well trained staff who use state-of-the-art communications to
deliver enhanced access to results to both patients and
"We are very pleased to welcome the American College of
Physicians' support in the PCLE process, which will ultimately
encompass many different organizations, representing a wide variety
of healthcare aspects," he added.
"The quality and safety of in-office laboratory testing is a key
priority for ACP since many clinical decisions are based on the
results obtained," said Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, who leads
ACP's Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality division.
"COLA's PCLE program, coupled with ACP's Medical Laboratory
Evaluation proficiency testing program, will help practices
maintain confidence in the quality of their laboratory services and
provide patient-centered care."
Under the terms of the agreement, ACP will promote the PCLE
program to their membership, including participants in ACP's
Medical Laboratory Evaluation proficiency testing program. ACP
practices that enroll in the recognition program will be entitled
to discounted COLA fees.
"With estimates that up to 70 percent of all medical decisions
are based on results obtained from lab testing, the clinical lab
will play a critical role in evolving new models of healthcare,"
Beigel concluded. "By embracing the PCLE recognition program,
laboratories can assure practitioners that use their services that
their lab results can be trusted. This ultimately translates into
better, more efficient patient care."
About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest
medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who
apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis,
treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum
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COLA accredits more than 7,000 medical laboratories and provides
the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation,
and accreditation. The organization is an independent, non-profit
accreditor whose education program and standards enable clinical
laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory
requirements. For more information about COLA accreditation
services and educational products, and online educational
opportunities, please call 800-981-9883 or visit COLA's web site at