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Data Element Name:  Principal Procedure Date File Location:  **Master, De-identified
SPARCS Data Element Number:  73
Record Positions:  1452 - 1459 Format-Length:  A/N - 8
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 Revision Date:             
Deniable Data Element:  This field is composed of both non-deniable and deniable components. **The 2-digit day is deniable and is ONLY present on the Master file. The 4-digit year and the 2-digit month are non-deniable and are also present on the De-Identified file. See Appendix Z for release restrictions.


The date the Principal Procedure was performed.

Codes and Values:
  1. YYYY MM DD = Year Month Day

  2. Must have been a valid date in accordance with the Date Edit Validation Table in Appendix A.

  3. If this field was not applicable it contains blanks.
Edit Applications:
  1. Date must have been no more than 3 days prior to Admission Date/Start of Care (Data Element 5) and before or the same as Discharge Date (Date Element 6 & 7).

  2. If Principal Procedure Date was entered, the Operating/Emergency Department Physician 2 State License Number (Data Element 85) and Principal Procedure Code (Data Element 72) must also have been reported.