On August 13 and 14, 2019, the PCH laboratory was inspected by COLA, to maintain their accreditation as a clinical laboratory. The surveyor, an experienced laboratorian, performed an extensive review of policies, procedures, and processes to ensure that the laboratory and staff are in compliance with the requirements stated in the Federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). All areas of the laboratory process were examined, from collecting a specimen, testing, and reporting of results. In accordance with CLIA, the laboratory participates in this on-site inspection every two years, with a self-inspection in the intervening year.
Putnam County Hospital’s Laboratory is proud to announce that they have passed this rigorous inspection process with zero deficiencies.
COLA Inc. 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 Inc. deeming authority under CLIA, and in 1997 The Joint Commission (TJC) also recognized COLA Inc.’s laboratory accreditation program.
COLA Inc. accredits nearly 8,000 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-based program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA 88 and other regulatory requirements.
A huge congratulations to the Putnam County Hospital Laboratory. Putnam County Hospital; providing exceptional healthcare close to home.