The following is a response from Kristin Allen, Delmarva Regional Manager, regarding changes in the new IBudget Handbook for monitoring HCBS Waiver providers for Service Logs:
The iBudget Handbook deleted Service Logs as “required” for Life Skills 3 however providers will still be bound by whatever is identified in the IPs as the data collection method, which historically has included service logs. It was a requirement, and “logical” in tracking progress. In terms of what should continue vs. what reviewers will be evaluating, the answer is more two-fold. Until the iBudget Handbook is promulgated as an organization continue to follow the November 2010 Handbook as per memo from Denise Arnold. However, our reviewers are using the new iBudget tools (but not citing providers for anything new) which means they will only be looking for a Daily Attendance Log which must include (for Life Skills 3) the name of the provider, name of the recipient, each date of service and the time period which means total time in attendance each day. It can be time in/out or just 4 hrs, 6 hrs, etc. For Residential Habilitation time in/out or time period is not required. One last note about service logs, although maybe not “required” they are useful in evaluating other standards.
The time period means total time in attendance each day. It can be time in/out or just 4 hrs, 6 hrs, etc. For Residential Habilitation time in/out or time period is not required.