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    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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