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Data Element Name:  Patient Birth Date
SPARCS Data Element Number:  10
Record Positions:  66 - 73 Format-Length:  N - 8
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 Revision Date:  December 1996


The date of the Patient birth.

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.
Edit Applications:
  1. The age, calculated as the difference between the Patient Birthdate and the Admission Date/Start of Care (Data Element 5), must have been less than 125.

  2. Cannot have been after Admission Date/Start of Care (Data Element 5).
Conversion Notes:
  1. For data years prior to 1994, if the Birthdate was after the Date of Service, the Birthdate was considered invalid. Zeros were entered in this field and spaces were entered in Calculated Age (Data Element 69). There were a few records with birth dates in the 1860s and 1870s which were kept, and the ages calculated accordingly.