Tennessee Medicaid Medicare Waiver for Medical Alert Systems

The Statewide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver for the state of Tennessee  is approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve 3,700 elderly and disabled individuals. This Waiver provides a community-based, cost-effective alternative to institutional nursing facility care for individuals who are eligible for level 1 nursing home care and are financially eligible. ELIGIBILITY Individuals wishing to ...
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Personal Emergency Response Systems for Seniors

PERS or Personal emergency response systems are safety devices that are used for homes to connect a senior or an elderly person to a 24-hour monitoring station by depressing a small transmitter. This transmitter is usually worn around the neck as pendant or as wristband. When the button is pressed, it sends a signal to the receiver that is connected to the senior's telephone land-line or voice over IP connection(VoIP). When a senior activates the ...
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Personal Emergency Response Systems or PERS

What does PERS mean? PERS stands for Personal Emergency Response System. PERS works in simple ways and only involves three components: a small radio transmitter (it should be lightweight, battery operated that can be easily carried in a pocket or in a chain around the neck or wrist band) a console that connects to the user’s telephone an emergency response center that recognizes and monitors every call When someone needs an ...
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10 Reasons Seniors Need a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)

Making the decision to invest in a personal emergency response system (PERS) is  a decision that should be taken seriously.  Below are ten reasons most seniors invest in a quality medical alert system. 1) Because the longer a fall is left untreated the greater damage it has the potential to do. With so many lasting injuries to the elderly being the direct result of falls it's important to have immediate access to care if or when a fall happens ...
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Should Medicaid Pay For Home Medical Alert Systems?

Currently, most state Medicaid programs do not pay for home medical alert systems.  These medical alert systems are often referred to as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). In order to obtain Medicaid funding, a local Medicaid waiver is required in most municipalities. For example, the state of New York requires PERS providers to collect personal data from each subscriber of medical alert systems.  It's my opinion that unless you are ...
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