ICD-10-CM Code Y38.6

Terrorism involving biological weapons

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y38.6 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of terrorism involving biological weapons. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y38.6
Short Description:Terrorism involving biological weapons
Long Description:Terrorism involving biological weapons

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

  • Y38.6X - Terrorism involving biological weapons
  • Y38.6X1 - ... public safety official injured
  • Y38.6X1A - ... public safety official injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.6X1D - ... public safety official injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.6X1S - ... public safety official injured, sequela
  • Y38.6X2 - ... civilian injured
  • Y38.6X2A - ... civilian injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.6X2D - ... civilian injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.6X2S - ... civilian injured, sequela
  • Y38.6X3 - ... terrorist injured
  • Y38.6X3A - ... terrorist injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.6X3D - ... terrorist injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.6X3S - ... terrorist injured, sequela

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 Y38.6:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Terrorism involving anthrax
  • Terrorism involving cholera
  • Terrorism involving smallpox

Code Classification

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

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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