NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Patient Race’

Definition : The identification of the race of the patient, based on U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) designations.
Purpose : This entry is useful for the study of diseases and important to data systems in order to obtain certain Federal or State funds that are directed toward specific racial groups.
Entry : Check or mark the appropriate box. If race cannot be determined, check or mark the Undetermined box.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Patient Race’ element

Patient Race  Code 
White 1
Black or African American 2
American Indian or Alaska Native 3
Asian 4
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5
Other, Includes Multiracial 0
Undetermined U

Transactions containing ‘Patient Race’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 5, 2023