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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
- "C" = Complete file record
"I" = Incomplete file record
This is a derived field.