Date and Time Segments (
DTP) and Elements in X12 EDI
Any EDI transaction will include dates and, sometimes, times to define when events occurred. Dates and times are expressed using
For example, a healthcare claim usually contains service dates, which is typically the date of the patient’s visit:
Date and Time
Elements can include date and time together or just the time:
As before, the qualifier element (e.g.,
472) determines the purpose of the date segment. The next element (
D8) defines the sub-type of the date fields, i.e., date, date and time, date period. Just move your mouse over those fields to see these details.
Unlike many other data formats (JSON, XML), an EDI element of type date could contain a date range, that is, “from” and “to” dates in a single field.
Dates Outside of DTP
Date elements can be used as part of more complex segments, not just the
Don’t worry about all the other fields in the
HI segment, this segment type will be covered elsewhere.
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