ICD-10-CM Code X34

Earthquake

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

X34 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of earthquake. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:X34
Short Description:Earthquake
Long Description:Earthquake

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code X34:

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • tidal wave tsunami due to earthquake X37.41

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
  • The appropriate 7th character is to be added to code X34

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
  • A - initial encounter
  • D - subsequent encounter
  • S - sequela

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code X34 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Earthquake(any injury)
    • Forces of nature
      • earth movement
        • earthquake
    • Forces of nature
      • earthquake
    • Struck(accidentally) by
      • object
        • falling
          • from, in, on
            • earthquake
    • Victim(of)
      • earthquake

Clinical Information

  • EARTHQUAKES-. sudden slips on a geological fault and the resulting ground shaking and radiated seismic energy caused by the slips or by volcanic or magmatic activity or other sudden stress changes in the earth. faults are fractures along which the blocks of earth crust on either side have moved relative to one another parallel to the fracture.

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to forces of nature (X30-X39)
      • Earthquake (X34)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Earthquakes

An earthquake happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the day or night. If an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause property damage, injuries, and even deaths. If you live in a coastal area, there is the possibility of a tsunami. Damage from earthquakes can also lead to floods or fires.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during an earthquake, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.

Federal Emergency Management Agency


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