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LabTestingMatters.org is an online a community for laboratorians, allied health professionals and patients to exchange ideas and experiences demonstrating the importance of quality laboratory medicine.

The blog is designed to encourage laboratorians, allied health and patients alike to share their personal and professional stories that showcase the impact that the laboratory can have on ensuring positive patient outcomes. While the site is sponsored and managed by COLA, the articles and blogs on the site are the opinions of the individual authors and are not endorsed by COLA.

The Lab Testing Matters concept grew from the 2014 COLA Leadership Summit which brought together a group of interdisciplinary healthcare leaders to consider the true value of laboratory medicine in the modern healthcare system. Lab Testing Matters is the next step in continuing to build and foster a sense of community around laboratory medicine spanning various elements of the healthcare sector, transcending but including those who work directly in laboratories. 

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COLA is a leading national laboratory accreditor and advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care. The organization 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 program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements.  COLA is recognized by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services as a deemed accrediting organization.  COLA’s program is endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and is also recognized by The Joint Commission.  For more information about COLA accreditation services and educational products, and online educational opportunities, please visit COLA’s web site at www.cola.org.