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Data Element Name:  Patient Reason For Visit Code
Format-Length:  A/N - 6 Required For:  AS, ED
Effective Date:  1/1/94 Revision Date:  July 2007

NOTE: This is a composite data element, for mapping guidelines refer to the Outpatient 837 Addendum.

National Standard Mapping:

Electronic - 837I

X12 Loop

Ref. Des.

Data Element

Code

Description
Version 4050R 2300 HI02-1 1270 PR Patient Reason For Visit Qualifier
1271 Patient Reason For Visit Code

Paper Form Locator Code Qualifier
Institutional - UB-04 70a-c N/A

Definition:

The diagnosis describing the patient's stated reason for seeking care (or as stated by the patient's representative). This may be a condition representing patient distress, an injury, a poisoning, or a reason or condition (not an illness or injury) such as follow-up or pregnancy in labor. Report only one diagnosis code describing the patient's primary reason for seeking care.

Codes and Values:

  1. Must be a valid ICD-9-CM code. To be valid, ICD-9-CM codes must be entered at the most specific level to which they are classified in the ICD-9-CM Tabular List. Three-digit codes further divided at the four-digit level must be entered using all four digits. Four-digit codes further subclassified at the five-digit level must be entered using all five digits. Failure to enter all required digits in the diagnosis codes will cause the record to be rejected.

  2. Must be entered exactly as shown in the ICD-9-CM coding reference.

  3. E-codes are not valid as Admitting Diagnosis Codes. E-codes are reported in External Cause-of-Injury Code and Place-of-Injury Code.

Example: HI*BK:63491*PR:63491~

Edit Applications:

  1. Ambulatory Surgery Only:
    Edits pertaining to ICD-9-CM codes are validated on the basis of the Statement-Covers-Thru Date and Expected Principal Reimbursement depending on conditions described in Appendix N, which include age-specific and sex-specific diagnosis code conditions.

  2. Emergency Department Only:
    Edits pertaining to ICD-9-CM codes are validated on the basis of the Statement-Covers-Thru Date depending on conditions described in Appendix N, which include age-specific and sex-specific diagnosis code conditions.
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