2017 Professional Medical Coders Day

9/14/2017

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 Professional Medical Coders provide valuable support to hospitals, physicians, clinics and other institutions; and

WHEREAS, Virginia's Professional Medical Coders translate the details of patient visits into codes used by insurance companies for timely claims; 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, Virginia's professional medical coders skillfully identify patterns of disease, illness, and injury within populations; 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, laboratories, outpatient and hospital settings in the Commonwealth of Virginia; 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 September 14, 2017, as PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CODERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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