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This variable is contained in the following files: Medicaid Enrollee Supplemental File (MESF): National Death Index (NDI) Segment
Short SAS Name
ENTITY_COND_1 (through ENTITY_COND_20)
SAS Name
ENTITY_COND_1 (through ENTITY_COND_20)

These fields identify the underlying causes of death as listed by the certifier of death (formatted but not audited). From 1999-2006 there were up to 8 codes, and from 2007-2013 there are up to 20 codes.

Comments

Position1: Part/line number on certificate

1 = Part I, line 1 (a)

2 = Part I, line 2 (b)

3 = Part I, line 3 (c)

4 = Part I, line 4 (d)

5 = Part I, line 5 (e)

6 = Part II 

Position 2: Sequence of condition withinpart/line Code range:1-7

Position 3-6: Condition code (ICD-10 code)Whenever there is a 4-position code, there is always an implied decimal after the 3rd position.

Position 7: Nature of Injury flag (only for ICD-9 codes)

1 = the code in positions 3-6 is a Nature of Injury ICD-9 code

0 = all other codes