ICD-10-CM Code Y38.6X2A

Terrorism involving biological weapons, civilian injured, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

Y38.6X2A is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of terrorism involving biological weapons, civilian injured, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y38.6X2A
Short Description:Terrorism involving biolg weapons, civilian injured, init
Long Description:Terrorism involving biological weapons, civilian injured, initial encounter

Convert Y38.6X2A to ICD-9

  • E979.6 - Terrorism, biologicals (Approximate Flag)

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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