national medical coder day

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The coders day is State specific the state I am from each year we have to approach the governors office to request this day be recognized. If it is approved we get a proclamation from the governor designating a certain day as Coders day.

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Ladybugangel

This is all well and good but how do you find out when Coders Day is for your state, like Arizona :
 

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Funny you should ask this now. I was looking at an old copy of the Coding Edge from Jan 2007 I believe last night. It had a map with State Coder's Day listings. I think 33 states have Coder's Day and it listed the dates. If I remember I will look today at Arizona and let you know. You could also check with the local chapters there, it is usually a chapter that gets the ball rolling. I am in DC and we actually petition the Mayor's office and he gives us a proclamation. District Medical Coder's Day is July 12th.
 

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National coder day

Funny you should ask this now. I was looking at an old copy of the Coding Edge from Jan 2007 I believe last night. It had a map with State Coder's Day listings. I think 33 states have Coder's Day and it listed the dates. If I remember I will look today at Arizona and let you know. You could also check with the local chapters there, it is usually a chapter that gets the ball rolling. I am in DC and we actually petition the Mayor's office and he gives us a proclamation. District Medical Coder's Day is July 12th.
I just happened to have the Jan 2007 Coding Edge at my desk. How's that for coincidence? Page 29 lists the State Coders Day. Arizona is July 14. I was looking for ours also (Indiana) and was told it was in November but was unsure of the day. It's November 9. Pretty cool huh? LOL
 

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When is coder's day in Arizona

This was discussed in a staff meeting and found to be July 14th for Arizona. The CEO of our facility is planning a day of festivities for us this year. We certainly are feeling the love right about now... :)
 

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Oklahoma?

Does anyone have access to their 2007 Coding Edge. I have all my Edges back to 2004 except for Jan. 2007! I am trying to find out if Oklahoma is listed in the article. I have tried to find out online if Oklahoma has one and I'm coming up empty handed.
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Contact YOUR state legislator

I would encourage you to contact you own state legislator for this information. S/he works for you, after all. In many cases, these kinds of "special designations" are valid only for one year. You would want your state legislator to propose a State Coder's Day if there isn't one, and would want to call attention to it if there already is one.

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 

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Actually for Arizona, we have to petition the Governor's office every year. I think someone from the Phx chapter has been doing it but am not for sure. I'll ask our Chapter Secretary.
 

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I am trying to find Kansas. Anyone able to help me with the date and if we have one? Thank you.
 

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National Coder Day

National Coder Day June 21.


SENATE RESOLUTION 509--DESIGNATING JUNE 21, 2006, AS ``NATIONAL
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CODER DAY'', IN HONOR OF THE DEDICATION AND
CONTINUED SERVICE OF PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CODERS TO THE NATION

Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. Bennett, and Mr. Burr) submitted the
following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary:

S. Res. 509

Whereas professional medical coders are the sentries of our
national health;
Whereas medical coders regularly communicate with
physicians and other health care professionals to clarify
diagnoses or to obtain additional information in the
assignment of alpha-numeric codes;
Whereas medical coders stand as the front line against
potential medicare fraud and abuse while assuring that the
physician, hospital, and clinic receive the fairest
compensation for the services provided;
Whereas medical coders are knowledgeable of medical
terminology, anatomy, physiology, and the code sets necessary
to serve

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effectively in their professional role within the health care
community;
Whereas medical coders are team players committed to
ethical and sound medical documentation and reimbursement
practices;
Whereas medical coders work in a variety of health care
environments;
Whereas nearly 40 percent of all medical coders in the
United States work in hospitals;
Whereas medical coders also work in the offices of
physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers,
and home health care providers;
Whereas insurance firms that offer health plans employ
professional medical coders to tabulate and analyze health
information;
Whereas medical coders in public health departments
supervise data collection from health care institutions and
assist in research;
Whereas Department of Defense policy requires accurate and
prompt documentation and coding of medical encounters within
the military health care system to assist military treatment
facility operations;
Whereas employment of professional medical coders is
expected to grow through 2012, due to the increasing number
of medical tests, treatments and procedures, and the
consequent responsibility to provide the best quality health
care in a market-driven economy; and
Whereas on National Professional Medical Coder Day we honor
these sentries of our medical community and may each be held
to the highest standard in the interest of national health
and prosperity: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) designates June 21, 2006, as ``National Professional
Medical Coder Day'';
(2) commends professional medical coders for their
outstanding contributions to this great Nation;
(3) salutes professional medical coders for their
unyielding dedication; and
(4) encourages all Americans to commemorate this occasion
with appropriate programs and activities paying tribute to
medical coders and honoring all those who protect the
Nation's health.

Mr. HATCH. Mr. President, I am pleased to submit today, along with my
colleagues Senator Bob Bennett and Senator Richard Burr, the National
Professional Medical Coder Day resolution.
By passing this resolution, Congress will recognize June 21, 2006, as
National Professional Medical Coder Day, which will help to raise
awareness about the important work that medical coders perform and
their dedication to their profession.
There are about 80,000 professional medical coders employed in the
United States, and that number is expected to continue to grow due to
the increasing number of medical tests, treatments and procedures, and
the consequent scrutiny to provide the best quality health care in a
market driven economy. Medical coders are a diverse group of women and
men dedicated to ``running the numbers'' of health care. They translate
the information that a physician documents during a patient visit into
numerical codes that are used for both payment and statistical
purposes.
Medical coders are sentries of our Nation's health. They communicate
regularly with physicians and other health care professionals to
clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information in the assignment
of alphanumeric codes. They are knowledgeable of medical terminology,
anatomy, physiology, and the code sets necessary to serve effectively
in their professional role within the health care community. They are
team players committed to ethical and sound medical documentation and
reimbursement practices.
Medical coders work in a variety of health care environments. Nearly
40 percent of all coding jobs are in hospitals. Others work in the
offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care
centers, and home health care services. Insurance firms that offer
health plans employ coders to tabulate and analyze health information.
Medical coders in public health departments supervise data collection
from health care institutions and assist in research. The Department of
Defense policy requires accurate and prompt documentation of and coding
of medical encounters within the Military Health System to assist
Military Treatment Facility operations. The compliance plan for third-
party payers of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of
the Inspector General acknowledges the specialized training of medical
coders required due to the greater legal exposure related to coding
medical services. Coders also stand as the front line against the
potential fraud and abuse of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs while
assuring that the physicians, hospitals, and clinics receive accurate
compensation for the services provided.
The abilities coders possess to collect data about diagnoses and
procedures figure prominently within my own interests for quality
health care. Medical coders also provide us with the data we need for
making tough choices in health care.
This resolution stems from positive citizen actions. The quest for a
national day of recognition began as a grassroots campaign. Over the
past 4 years, medical coders from around the country have gathered
support through a national petition and State proclamations crediting
the work of their coders. The Secretary of the Department of Health and
Human Services Michael Leavitt made Utah the very first State to honor
coders when, as Governor, he signed on April 15, 2003, a proclamation
declaring a day of honor for coders in Utah. Since then, 28 other
States have signed similar proclamations. The State of Florida was the
most recent addition to their campaign, and medical coders continue
their efforts in achieving recognition at the State level. Let us now
recognize their efforts as a nation.
It is my hope that this resolution will help advance the recognition
of professional medical coders; and, therefore, the attention given to
their commendable work. It recognizes contributions to the national
health care system and it reminds us of medical coders' dedication to
the value of hard work in the interest of a national priority--quality
health care for everyone. I applaud that contribution and am hopeful
that the Senate will pass this resolution marking June 21, 2006, as
National Medical Coder Day.
 
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