Professional Medical Coders Day


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Virginia's professional medical coders skillfully identify patterns of disease, illness, and  injury within populations; and

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize that all citizens who receive health care treatment in our Commonwealth benefit from the expertise and professionalism of Virginia's professional medical coders; and

WHEREAS, the use of medical codes for disease and injury prevention has contributed to a greater understanding of the correlations between illness, injury and treatment in a variety of medical conditions, including heart disease and stroke, viral infections, infectious diseases and motor vehicle, and workplace injuries; and

WHEREAS, the need for qualified medical coders continues to increase nationally and in physician offices, outpatient and hospital settings in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the integrity and high standards of medical coders have contributed to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ campaign against fraud and abuse in medical reimbursement; and

WHEREAS, it is important to encourage all Virginians to educate themselves on the impact of Virginia's medical coders on our health care system and to support research and education programs designed to support these professionals in their continuous efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 19, 2015, as PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CODERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.