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Data Element Name:  Patient County Code File Location:   Master, De-Identified, De-Identified Abbreviated
SPARCS Data Element Number:  34
Record Positions:  201 - 202 Format-Length:  N - 2
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 Revision Date:          
Deniable Data Element:  No


The code assigned to the county where the patient's principal residence is located on the day of admission.

Codes and Values:
  1. Must have been entered as a two-digit numeric code.

  2. Must have been valid in accordance with the Zip/County Code Edit Validation Table in Appendix F.

  3. For homeless patients, "99" was coded.
Edit Applications:
  1. Must have been valid for the Patient's Postal Service Zip Code (Data Element 36 & 37) assigned to the patient's principal residence.

  2. Must have been compatible with Patient's State (Data Element 35). If the Patient's County Code was in New York State ("01"-"62"), Patient's State must have equaled "NY". If Patient's County Code was outside New York State ("88"), Patient's State must not have equaled "NY".

Conversion Notes:

Unknown county codes of "88", were converted to a value of "99".