1. Occupational Therapy Evaluation Process and Tools in Acute Care
In making discharge recommendations that are appropriate and realistic, occupational therapists identify what the patient’s needs are, what the patient and family values and goals are, what type of support system they have, and what their prognosis and rehabilitation potential is. That’s why an understanding of the OT evaluation process is important, as it provides information that helps the therapist determine their patients’ needs. This chapter reviews the general process of OT evaluation (i.e., formal and informal methods) in the acute care setting, and how the new OT evaluation CPT codes are determined for billing purposes.