ICD-10-CM Code Y36.9

Other and unspecified war operations

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y36.9 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other and unspecified war operations. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y36.9
Short Description:Other and unspecified war operations
Long Description:Other and unspecified war operations

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

  • Y36.90 - War operations, unspecified
  • Y36.90XA - War operations, unspecified, initial encounter
  • Y36.90XD - War operations, unspecified, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.90XS - War operations, unspecified, sequela
  • Y36.91 - War operations involving unspecified weapon of mass destruction [WMD]
  • Y36.91XA - War operations involving unspecified weapon of mass destruction [WMD], initial encounter
  • Y36.91XD - War operations involving unspecified weapon of mass destruction [WMD], subsequent encounter
  • Y36.91XS - War operations involving unspecified weapon of mass destruction [WMD], sequela
  • Y36.92 - War operations involving friendly fire
  • Y36.92XA - War operations involving friendly fire, initial encounter
  • Y36.92XD - War operations involving friendly fire, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.92XS - War operations involving friendly fire, sequela

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Legal intervention, operations of war, military operations, and terrorism (Y35-Y38)
      • Operations of war (Y36)

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


Veterans and Military Health

Military service members and veterans have made sacrifices to our country, and they face different health issues than civilians. During their service, they are at risk for various injuries. These injuries can happen during combat, while others involve physical stress to the body. Sometimes the injuries are life-threatening or serious enough to cause disability. Others may not be as serious, but can be painful and affect daily life. Specific types of injuries include

  • Shrapnel and gunshot wounds
  • Lost limbs
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Tinnitus and hearing loss, typically from exposure to noise
  • Sprains and strains
  • Limited range of motion, especially in ankles and knees

There may also be a risk of health problems from exposure to environmental hazards, such as contaminated water, chemicals, infections, and burn pits.

Being in combat and being separated from your family can be stressful. The stress can put service members and veterans at risk for mental health problems. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse. Suicide can also be a concern.


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