Home Health & Hospice

Can I put ’eval and treat’ on a 485 as a placeholder for therapy services?

Homecare Insider, April 4, 2016

Often referred to as the “485,” the plan of care generated at the time of admission or recertification is intended to be interdisciplinary and contains a defined set of information about the patient. It is routine practice to document “eval and treat” on the 485 as a placeholder for therapy services, but additional specific orders will have to be generated, because “eval and treat” will not cover a course of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology.