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Data Element Name:  Source File Type File Location:   Master, De-Identified, De-Identified Abbreviated
SPARCS Data Element Number:  135
Record Positions:  2159 - 2159 Format-Length:  A/N - 1
Effective Date:  5/1/2005 Revision Date:  September 2005
Deniable Data Element:  No


The type of source file from which this record originated. Pre-1994 SPARCS inpatient data was created by matching a patient's hospital information from two separate files: the Discharge Data Abstract File (DDA) and the Uniform Billing File (UBF). The Complete File contains patient DDAs matched to the patient's corresponding final bills (UBF). The Incomplete File comprises those records from the DDA file and UBF not contained in the Complete File. Starting in 1994, inpatient data was reported in single record (UDS format). As of January 1, 1994, all records are coded to a value of "C".

The Incomplete File contains:

DDAs without any billing information
DDAs with an interim bill but not a final bill
Final bills with no DDA
Interim bills with no DDA
Codes and Values:
  1. "C" = Complete file record
    "I" = Incomplete file record

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This is a derived field.