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.


Individuals wishing to enroll in the HCBS Waiver must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a resident of the State of Tennessee;
  2. Meet the financial requirements to receive Medicaid as determined by the Department of Human Services;
  3. Meet TennCare Pre-Admission Evaluation (PAE) medical criteria for level 1 nursing facility care;
  4. Be an adult over the age of 21;
  5. Be able to receive services in the home at a cost less than that of institutional care; and
  6. Have an identified  caregiver available to assure the health, safety, and welfare of the individual.


Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) – PERS, often referred to as medical alert systems or medical alarm systems is an electronic device which enables certain individuals at high risk of institutionalization to secure help in an emergency.  The individual may also wear a portable “help” button to allow for mobility.  The system is connected to the person’s phone and programmed to signal a response center once a “help” button is activated. The response center is staffed by trained professionals.  PERS services are limited to those individuals who are alone for significant parts of the day, who have no regular caregiver for extended periods of time, and who would otherwise require extensive routine supervision.

For More information:  http://www.tn.gov/comaging/waiver.html

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