2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code X38.XXXA

Flood, initial encounter

ICD-10-CM Code:
X38.XXXA
ICD-10 Code for:
Flood, initial encounter
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    (V01–Y99)
    • Exposure to forces of nature
      (X30-X39)

X38.XXXA is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of flood, initial encounter. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

X38.XXXA is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like flood. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Accident caused by flood arising from remote storm
  • Accident caused by flood from melting snow
  • Accident caused by flood resulting directly from storm
  • Accident caused by flooding
  • Accident caused by storms and floods resulting from storms
  • Coastal flood
  • Estuarine flood
  • Flash flood
  • Flood
  • Fluvial flood
  • Glacial lake outburst flood
  • Groundwater flood
  • Ice jam flood
  • Ponding flood
  • Reservoir flood
  • Snowmelt flood
  • Surface water flood

Clinical Classification

Clinical CategoryCCSR Category CodeInpatient Default CCSROutpatient Default CCSR
External cause codes: intent of injury, accidental/unintentionalEXT020X - Not applicable.X - Not applicable.
External cause codes: natural/environment; initial encounterEXT011X - Not applicable.X - Not applicable.

Convert X38.XXXA to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: E908.2 - Accident d/t floods
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education


Floods

Floods are common in the United States. Weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, hurricanes, or tsunamis can cause flooding. Flooding can also happen when a river or stream overflows its bank, when a levee is breached, or when a dam breaks. Flash floods, which can develop quickly, often have a dangerous wall of roaring water. The wall carries rocks, mud, and rubble and can sweep away most things in its path.

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Although there are no guarantees of safety during a flood, 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.

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.