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The claim start date is reported as the start date of the episode and the end date as the first billable visit. OR The order start date is reported as the episode date and the end date--as the date of the first provided visit.

Do we need dash before "as" when we omitted the verb "is reported"?

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No, the dash is not necessary, and I'd argue that it would be more usual to omit it.

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Thanks a lot. I have not found any rules concerning this case to prove it is not needed. Do you have any idea where can I reference to? –  Anna May 23 '12 at 10:30
    
Sorry, no. Your first sentence complies with all the rules of grammar, and has the meaning you intend and therefore it is valid. The problem with rules of grammar is that they aren't really rules at all, merely conventions. It's hard to prove that your sentence violates no conventions even though, to the best of my knowledge, that is true. –  Christi May 23 '12 at 10:44
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