ICD-10-CM Code Y37.6

Military operations involving biological weapons

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y37.6 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of military operations involving biological weapons. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Military operations involving biological weapons
Long Description:Military operations involving biological weapons

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

  • Y37.6X - Military operations involving biological weapons
  • Y37.6X0 - ... military personnel
  • Y37.6X0A - ... military personnel, initial encounter
  • Y37.6X0D - ... military personnel, subsequent encounter
  • Y37.6X0S - ... military personnel, sequela
  • Y37.6X1 - ... civilian
  • Y37.6X1A - ... civilian, initial encounter
  • Y37.6X1D - ... civilian, subsequent encounter
  • Y37.6X1S - ... civilian, sequela

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Legal intervention, operations of war, military operations, and terrorism (Y35-Y38)
      • Military operations (Y37)

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

Biodefense and Bioterrorism

A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs to cause illness or death. These germs are often found in nature. But they can sometimes be made more harmful by increasing their ability to cause disease, spread, or resist medical treatment.

Biological agents spread through the air, water, or in food. Some can also spread from person to person. They can be very hard to detect. They don't cause illness for several hours or days. Scientists worry that anthrax, botulism, Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, plague, or smallpox could be used as biological agents.

Biodefense uses medical measures to protect people against bioterrorism. This includes medicines and vaccinations. It also includes medical research and preparations to defend against bioterrorist attacks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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