Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-13-13-.01 - DEFINITIONS

(1) ABUSE shall mean enrollee practices, or enrollee involvement in practices, including overutilization, waste or fraudulent use/misuse of a TennCare Program that results in cost or utilization which is not medically necessary or medically justified. Abuse of a TennCare Pharmacy Program justifies placement on lock-in or prior approval status for all enrollees involved. Activities or practices which may evidence abuse of the TennCare Pharmacy Program include, but are not limited to, the following: forging or altering drug prescriptions, selling TennCare paid prescription drugs, failure to control pharmacy overutilization activity while on lock-in status and visiting multiple prescribers or pharmacies to obtain prescriptions that are not medically necessary.
(2) ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE shall mean the opportunity an individual has to obtain group health insurance as defined elsewhere in these rules. If a person could have enrolled in work-related or other group health insurance during an employer's or group's open enrollment period and chose not to enroll (or had the choice made for him by a family member) that person shall not be considered to lack access to insurance upon closure of the open enrollment period. Neither the cost of an insurance policy or health plan nor the fact that an insurance policy is not as comprehensive as that of the TennCare Program shall be considered in determining eligibility to enroll in any TennCare category where being uninsured is an eligibility prerequisite.
(3) ADVERSE BENEFIT DETERMINATION shall mean, but is not limited to, a delay, denial, reduction, suspension or termination of TennCare benefits. See 42 C.F.R. § 438.400.
(4) APPLICATION PERIOD shall mean a specific time period determined by the Bureau of TennCare during which the Bureau will accept applications for the TennCare Standard Spend Down category as described in the Bureau's rules at 1200-13-14-.02.
(5) BENEFITS shall mean the health care package of services developed by the Bureau of TennCare and which define the covered services available to TennCare enrollees. Additional benefits are available through the TennCare CHOICES program, as described in Rule 1 20013-01-.05, and the ECF CHOICES program, as described in Rule 1200-13-01-.31. CHOICES benefits are available only to persons who qualify for and are enrolled in the CHOICES program. ECF CHOICES benefits are available only to persons who qualify for and are enrolled in the ECF CHOICES program.
(6) BUPRENORPHINE ENHANCED SUPPORTIVE MEDICATION-ASSISTED RECOVERY AND TREATMENT ("BESMART"). A treatment model comprised of comprehensive treatment and recovery related supports for adult (21 and older) enrollees with opioid use disorder (OUD) ("participants").
(7) BUREAU OF TENNCARE (BUREAU) shall mean the administrative unit of TennCare which is responsible for the administration of TennCare as defined elsewhere in these rules.
(8) CALL-IN LINE shall mean the toll-free telephone line used as the single point of entry during an open application period to accept new applications for the Standard Spend Down Program.
(9) CAPITATION PAYMENT shall mean the fee which is paid by the State to a managed care contractor operating under a risk-based contract for each enrollee covered by the plan for the provision of medical services, whether or not the enrollee utilizes services or without regard to the amount of services utilized during the payment period.
(10) CAPITATION RATE shall mean the amount established by the State for the purpose of providing payment to participating managed care contractors operating under a risk-based contract.
(11) CARETAKER RELATIVE shall mean that individual as defined at Tennessee Code Annotated § 71-3-103.
(12) CATEGORICALLY NEEDY shall mean that category of TennCare Medicaid-eligibles as defined at 1240-03-02-.02 of the rules of the Tennessee Department of Human Services -Division of Medical Services.
(13) CHOICES. See "TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Care."
(14) CHOICES 217-Like Group. See definition in Rule 1200-13-01-.02.
(15) CHOICES Group 1. See definition in Rule 1200-13-01-.02.
(16) CHOICES Group 2. See definition in Rule 1200-13-01-.02.
(17) CMS (CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES) (formerly known as HCFA) shall mean the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for administering Title XVIII, Title XIX, and Title XXI of the Social Security Act.
(18) COBRA shall mean health insurance coverage provided pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.
(19) CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (C.F.R.) shall mean Federal regulations promulgated to explain specific requirements of Federal law.
(20) COMMENCEMENT OF SERVICES shall mean the time at which the first covered service(s) is/are rendered to a TennCare member for each individual medical condition.
(21) COMMISSIONER shall mean the chief administrative officer of the Tennessee Department where the TennCare Bureau is administratively located, or the Commissioner's designee.
(22) COMPLETED APPLICATION is an application where:
(a) All required fields have been completed;
(b) It is signed and dated by the applicant or the applicant's parent or guardian;
(c) It includes all supporting documentation required by the TDHS or the Bureau to determine TennCare eligibility, technical and financial requirements as set out in these rules; and
(d) It includes all supporting documentation required to prove TennCare Standard medical eligibility as set out in these rules.
(23) CONTINUATION OR REINSTATEMENT OF BENEFITS (COB) shall mean the circumstances under which an enrollee may keep receiving, or, in the case of reinstatement, get back and keep receiving, the benefit under appeal until the appeal is resolved. See 42 C.F.R. §§ 431.230, 431.231 and 438.420.
(24) CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT shall refer to the ability of certain individuals determined eligible for the TennCare Program to enroll at any time during the year. Continuous enrollment is limited to persons in the following two groups:
(a) TennCare Medicaid enrollees as defined in Rule 1200-13-13-.02.
(b) Individuals who are losing their Medicaid, who are uninsured, who are under nineteen (19) years of age, and who meet the qualification for TennCare Standard as "Medicaid Rollovers," in accordance with the provisions of Rule 1200-13-14-.02.
(25) CONTRACT PROVIDER shall have the same meaning as Participating Provider.
(26) CONTRACTOR shall mean an organization approved by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration to provide TennCare-covered benefits to eligible enrollees in the TennCare Medicaid and TennCare Standard programs.
(27) CONTRACTOR RISK AGREEMENT (CRA) shall mean the document delineating the terms of the agreement entered into by the Bureau of TennCare and the Managed Care Contractors.
(28) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. A drug, substance, or immediate precursor identified by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration or by the Tennessee Drug Control Act as having the potential for abuse and the likelihood of physical or psychological dependence if used incorrectly.
(29) CORE MEDICAID POPULATION shall mean individuals eligible under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1396, et seq., with the exception of the following groups: individuals receiving SSI benefits as determined by the Social Security Administration; individuals eligible under a Refugee status; individuals eligible for emergency services as an illegal or undocumented alien; individuals receiving interim Medicaid benefits with a pending Medicaid disability determination; individuals with forty-five (45) days of presumptive or immediate eligibility; and children in DCS custody.
(30) COST-EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE SERVICE shall mean a service that is not a covered service but that is approved by TennCare and CMS and provided at an MCC's discretion. TennCare enrollees are not entitled to receive these services. Cost-effective alternative services may be provided because they are either (1) alternatives to covered Medicaid services that, in the MCC's judgment, are cost-effective or (2) preventative in nature and offered to avoid the development of conditions that, in the MCC's judgment, would require more costly treatment in the future. Cost-effective alternative services need not be determined medically necessary except to the extent that they are provided as an alternative to covered Medicaid services. Even if medically necessary, cost effective alternative services are not covered services and are provided only at an MCC's discretion.
(31) COST SHARING shall mean the amounts that certain enrollees in TennCare are required to pay for their TennCare coverage and covered services. Cost sharing includes copayments.
(32) COVERED SERVICES shall mean the services and benefits that:
(a) TennCare contracted MCCs cover, as set out elsewhere in this Chapter and in Rule 1200-13-01-.05; or
(b) In the instance of enrollees who are eligible for and enrolled in federal Medicaid waivers under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, the services and benefits that are covered under the terms and conditions of such waivers.
(33) CPT4 CODES are descriptive terms contained in the Physician's Current Procedural Terminology, used to identify medical services and procedures performed by physicians or other licensed health professionals.
(34) DBM (DENTAL BENEFITS MANAGER) shall mean a contractor approved by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration to provide dental benefits to enrollees in the TennCare Program to the extent such services are covered by TennCare.
(35) DELAY shall mean failure to provide timely receipt of TennCare services, and no specific waiting period may be required before the enrollee can appeal.
(36) DEMAND LETTER shall mean a letter sent by TennCare to a TennCare Standard enrollee with premium obligations notifying the enrollee that he is at least sixty (60) days delinquent in his premium payments.
(37) DISCONTINUED DEMONSTRATION GROUP shall mean the group of non-Medicaid eligible individuals who were enrolled in TennCare Standard on April 29, 2005, when the categories in which they were enrolled were terminated, and who have not yet been enrolled in TennCare Medicaid or disenrolled from the TennCare program.
(38) DISENROLLMENT shall mean the discontinuance of an individual's enrollment in TennCare.
(39) DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT (DME) shall mean equipment that can withstand repeated use, can be removable, is primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose, generally is not useful to a person in the absence of an illness or injury, is suitable for use in any non-institutional setting in which everyday life activities take place, and is related to the patient's physical disorder. Non-institutional settings do not include a hospital or nursing facility (NF). Routine DME items, including but not limited to wheelchairs (except as defined below), walkers, hospital beds, canes, commodes, traction equipment, suction machines, patient lifts, weight scales, and other items provided to a member receiving services in a NF that are within the scope of per diem reimbursement for NF services shall not be covered or reimbursable under the Medicaid program separate and apart from payment for the NF service. Customized wheelchairs, wheelchair seating systems, and other items that are beyond the scope of Medicaid reimbursement for NF services shall be covered by the member's managed care organization, so long as such items:
(a) Are medically necessary for the continuous care of a member; and
(b) Must be custom-made or modified or may be commercially available, but must be individually measured and selected to address the member's unique and permanent medical need for positioning, support or mobility; and
(c) Are solely for the use of that member and not for other NF residents.
(40) EARLY AND PERIODIC SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT (EPSDT) SERVICES, a covered benefit for TennCare Medicaid-enrolled children only, shall mean:
(a) Screening in accordance with professional standards, and interperiodic, diagnostic services to determine the existence of physical or mental illnesses or conditions of TennCare Medicaid enrollees under age twenty-one (21); and
(b) Health care, treatment, and other measures, described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a) to correct or ameliorate any defects and physical and mental illnesses and conditions discovered.
(41) ELIGIBLE shall mean a person who has been determined to meet the eligibility criteria of TennCare Medicaid or TennCare Standard.
(42) EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY FIRST (ECF) CHOICES shall mean the program defined in Rule 1200-13-01-.02 and described in Rule 1200-13-01-.31.
(43) ENROLLEE shall mean an individual eligible for and enrolled in the TennCare program or in any Tennessee federal Medicaid waiver program approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Sections 1115 or 1915 of the Social Security Act. As concerns MCC compliance with these rules, the term only applies to those individuals for whom the MCC has received at least one day's prior written or electronic notice from the TennCare Bureau of the individual's assignment to the MCC.
(44) ENROLLMENT shall mean the process by which a TennCare-eligible person becomes enrolled in TennCare.
(45) ESCORT shall mean an individual who accompanies an enrollee to receive a medically necessary service. For the purpose of determining whether an individual may qualify as an escort who may be transported without cost to the enrollee as a covered TennCare benefit, the following criteria apply:
(a) Any person over the age of twelve (12) selected by the enrollee;
(b) Any person under the age of twelve (12) is presumed to be too young to serve as an escort. At the time of request for transportation, this presumption can be overcome by specific facts provided by the enrollee, which would demonstrate to a reasonable person that the proposed escort could in fact be of assistance to the enrollee; and
(c) Any person under the age of six (6) is excluded in all cases from the role of escort.
(46) FAMILY shall mean that as defined in the rules of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found at 1240-01-03 and 1240-01-04, Family Assistance Division, and 1240-03-03, Division of Medical Services.
(47) FEDERAL FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION (FFP) shall mean the Federal Government's share of a state's expenditure under the Title XIX Medicaid Program.
(48) FINAL AGENCY ACTION shall mean the resolution of an appeal by the TennCare Bureau or an initial decision on the merits of an appeal by an administrative judge or hearing officer when such initial decision is not modified or overturned by the TennCare Bureau. Final agency action shall be treated as binding for purposes of these rules.
(49) FRAUD shall mean an intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person who knows or should have known that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself or some other person. It includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law.
(50) GRAND DIVISIONS shall mean the three (3) distinct geographic areas of the State of Tennessee, known as Eastern, Middle, and Western, as designated in Tennessee Code Annotated § 4-1-201.
(51) GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE shall mean an employee welfare benefit plan to the extent that the plan provides medical care to employees or their dependents (as defined under the terms of the plan) directly through insurance reimbursement mechanism. This definition includes those types of health insurance found in the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, definition of creditable coverage (with the exception that the 50 or more participants criteria does not apply), which includes Medicare and TRICARE. Health insurance benefits obtained through COBRA are included in this definition. It also covers group health insurance available to an individual through membership in a professional organization or a school.
(52) HANDICAPPING MALOCCLUSION shall mean a malocclusion which causes one of the following medical conditions:
(a) A nutritional deficiency that has proven non-responsive to medical treatment without orthodontic treatment. The nutritional deficiency must have been diagnosed by a qualified treating physician and must have been documented in the qualified treating physician's progress notes. The progress notes that document the nutritional deficiency must predate the treating orthodontist's prior authorization request for orthodontics.
(b) A speech pathology that has proven non-responsive to speech therapy without orthodontic treatment. The speech pathology must have been diagnosed by a qualified speech therapist and must have been documented in the qualified speech therapist's progress notes. The progress notes that document the speech pathology must predate the treating orthodontist's prior authorization request for orthodontics.
(c) Laceration of soft tissue caused by a deep impinging overbite. Occasional cheek biting does not constitute laceration of soft tissue. Laceration of the soft tissue must be documented in the treating orthodontist's progress notes and must predate the treating orthodontist's prior authorization request for orthodontics.

Anecdotal information is insufficient to document the presence of a handicapping malocclusion. The presence of a handicapping malocclusion must be supported by the treating professional's progress notes and patient record.

(53) HEALTH INSURANCE, for the purposes of determining eligibility under these regulations:
(a) Shall mean:
1. Any hospital and medical expense-incurred policy;
2. Medicare;
3. TRICARE;
4. COBRA;
5. Medicaid;
6. State health risk pool;
7. Nonprofit health care service plan contract;
8. Health maintenance organization subscriber contracts;
9. An employee welfare benefit plan to the extent that the plan provides medical care to an employee or his/her dependents (as defined under the terms of the plan) directly through insurance, any form of self insurance, or a reimbursement mechanism;
10. Coverage available to an individual through membership in a professional organization or a school;
11. Coverage under a policy covering one person or all the members of a family under a single policy where the contract exists solely between the individual and the insurance company;
12. Any of the above types of policies where:
(i) The policy contains a type of benefit (such as mental health benefits) which has been completely exhausted;
(ii) The policy contains a type of benefit (such as pharmacy) for which an annual limitation has been reached;
(iii) The policy has a specific exclusion or rider of non-coverage based on a specific prior existing condition or an existing condition or treatment of such a condition; or
13. Any of the types of policies listed above will be considered health insurance even if one or more of the following circumstances exists:
(i) The policy contains fewer benefits than TennCare;
(ii) The policy costs more than TennCare; or
(iii) The policy is one the individual could have bought during a specified period of time (such as COBRA) but chose not to do so.
(b) Shall not mean:
1. Short-term coverage;
2. Accident coverage;
3. Fixed indemnity insurance;
4. Long-term care insurance;
5. Disability income contracts;
6. Limited benefits policies as defined elsewhere in these rules;
7. Credit insurance;
8. School-sponsored sports-related injury coverage;
9. Coverage issued as a supplemental to liability insurance;
10. Automobile medical payment insurance;
11. Insurance under which benefits are payable with or without regard to fault and which are statutorily required to be contained in any liability insurance policy or equivalent self-insurance;
12. A medical care program of the Indian Health Services (IHS) or a tribal organization;
13. Benefits received through the Veteran's Administration; or
14. Health care provided through a government clinic or program such as, but not limited to, vaccinations, flu shots, mammograms, and care or services received through a disease- or condition-specific program such as, but not limited to, the Ryan White Care Act.
(54) HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION (HMO) shall mean an entity licensed by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance under applicable provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Title 56, Chapter 32 to provide health care services.
(55) HEALTH PLAN shall mean a Managed Care Organization authorized by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration to provide medical and behavioral services to enrollees in the TennCare Program.
(56) HEARING OFFICER shall mean an administrative judge or hearing officer who is not an employee, agent or representative of the MCC or who did not participate in, nor was consulted about, any TennCare Bureau review prior to the State Fair Hearing (SFH).
(57) HIPAA shall mean the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended.
(58) HOME HEALTH SERVICES shall mean:
(a) Any of the services identified in 42 C.F.R. § 440.70 and delivered in accordance with the provisions of 42 C.F.R. § 440.70. "Part-time or intermittent nursing services" and "home health aide services" are covered only as defined specifically in these rules.
1. Part-time or intermittent nursing services.
(i) To be considered "part-time or intermittent," nursing services must be provided as no more than one visit per day, with each visit lasting less than eight (8) hours, and no more than 27 total hours of nursing care may be provided per week. In addition, nursing services and home health aide services combined must total less than or equal to eight (8) hours per day and 35 or fewer hours per week. On a case-by-case basis, the weekly total for nursing services may be increased to 30 hours and the weekly total for nursing services and home health aide services combined may be increased to 40 hours for patients qualifying for Level 2 skilled nursing care.
(ii) Part-time or intermittent nursing services are not covered if the only skilled nursing function needed is administration of medications on a p.r.n. (as needed) basis. Nursing services may include medication administration; however, a nursing visit will not be extended in order to administer medication or perform other skilled nursing functions at more than one point during the day, unless skilled nursing services are medically necessary throughout the intervening period. If there is more than one person in a household who is determined to require TennCare-reimbursed home health nursing services, it is not necessary to have multiple nurses providing the services. A single nurse may provide services to multiple enrollees in the same home and during the same hours, as long as he can provide these services safely and appropriately to each enrollee.
(iii) The above limits may be exceeded when medically necessary for children under the age of 21.
2. Home health aide services.
(i) Home health aide services must be provided as no more than two visits per day with care provided less than or equal to eight (8) hours per day. Nursing services and home health aide services combined must total less than or equal to eight (8) hours per day and 35 or fewer hours per week. On a case-by-case basis, the weekly total may be increased to 40 hours for patients qualifying for Level 2 skilled nursing care. If there is more than one person in a household who is determined to require TennCare-reimbursed home health aide services, it is not necessary to have multiple home health aides providing the services. A single home health aide may provide services to multiple enrollees in the same home and during the same hours, as long as he can provide these services safely and appropriately to each enrollee.
(ii) The above limits may be exceeded when medically necessary for children under the age of 21.
(b) Home health providers shall only provide services to the recipient that have been ordered by the treating physician and are pursuant to a plan of care and shall not provide other services such as general child care services, cleaning services, preparation of meals, or services to other household members. Because children typically have non-medical care needs which must be met, to the extent that home health services are provided to a person under 18 years of age, a responsible adult (other than the home health care provider) must be present at all times in the home during the provision of home health services unless all of the following criteria are met:
1. The child is non-ambulatory; and
2. The child has no or extremely limited ability to interact with caregivers; and
3. The child shall not reasonably be expected to have needs that fall outside the scope of medically necessary TennCare covered benefits (e.g. the child has no need for general supervision or meal preparation) during the time the home health provider is present in the home without the presence of another responsible adult; and
4. No other children requiring adult care or supervision shall be present in the home during the time the home health provider is present in the home without the presence of another responsible adult, unless these children meet all the criteria stated above and are also receiving TennCare-reimbursed home health services.
(59) INCOME shall mean that definition of income in Rule 1240-01-04 of the Tennessee Department of Human Services - Family Assistance Division.
(60) INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE shall mean health insurance coverage under a policy covering one person or all the members of a family under a single policy where the contract exists solely between that person and the insurance company.
(61) INITIATING PROVIDER shall mean the provider who renders the first covered service to a TennCare member whose current medical condition requires the services of more than one (1) provider.
(62) INMATE shall mean an individual confined in a local, state, or federal prison, jail, youth development center, or other penal or correctional facility, including a furlough from such facility.
(63) IN-NETWORK PROVIDER shall have the same meaning as Participating Provider.
(64) INPATIENT REHABILITATION FACILITIES shall mean rehabilitation hospitals and distinct parts of hospitals that are designated as 'IRFs' by Medicare.
(65) INSTITUTION FOR MENTAL DISEASES (IMD) shall mean a hospital, nursing facility, or other institution of more than 16 beds that is primarily engaged in providing diagnosis, treatment, or care of persons with mental diseases, including medical attention, nursing care, and related services.
(66) LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL shall mean a Board eligible or a Board certified psychiatrist or a person with at least a Master's degree and/or clinical training in an accepted mental health field which includes, but is not limited to, counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, vocational rehabilitation, or activity therapy with a current valid license by the Tennessee Licensing Board for the Healing Arts.
(67) LIMITED BENEFITS POLICY shall mean a policy of health coverage for a specific disease (e.g., cancer), or an accident occurring while engaged in a specified activity (e.g., schoolbased sports), or which provides for a cash benefit payable directly to the insured in the event of an accident or hospitalization (e.g., hospital indemnity).
(68) LOCK-IN PROVIDER. A provider, pharmacy or physician, chosen by an enrollee on pharmacy lock-in status to whom the enrollee is assigned by TennCare for the purpose of receiving covered pharmacy services.
(69) LOCK-IN STATUS. The restriction of an enrollee to a specified physician, or to a specified pharmacy provider at a specified single location.
(70) LONG-TERM CARE shall mean programs and services described under Rule 1200-13-01.01.
(71) MCC (MANAGED CARE CONTRACTOR) shall mean:
(a) A Managed Care Organization, Pharmacy Benefits Manager and/or a Dental Benefits Manager which has signed a TennCare Contractor Risk Agreement with the State and operates a provider network and provides covered health services to TennCare enrollees; or
(b) A Pharmacy Benefits Manager, Behavioral Health Organization or Dental Benefits Manager which subcontracts with a Managed Care Organization to provide services; or
(c) A State government agency that contracts with TennCare for the provision of services.
(72) MCO (Managed Care Organization) shall mean an appropriately licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) approved by the Bureau of TennCare as capable of providing medical, behavioral, and long-term care services in the TennCare Program.
(73) MEDICAID shall mean the federal- and state-financed, state-run program of medical assistance pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Medicaid eligibility in Tennessee is determined by the Tennessee Department of Human Services, under contract to the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. Tennessee residents determined eligible for SSI benefits by the Social Security Administration are also enrolled in Tennessee's TennCare Medicaid program.
(74) MEDICAID "ROLLOVER" ENROLLEE shall mean a TennCare Medicaid enrollee who no longer meets technical eligibility requirements for Medicaid and will be afforded an opportunity to enroll in TennCare Standard in accordance with the provisions of these rules.
(75) MEDICAL ASSISTANCE shall mean health care, services and supplies furnished to an enrollee and funded in whole or in part under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1396, et seq. and Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 71-5-101, et seq. Medical assistance includes the payment of the cost of care, services, drugs and supplies. Such care, services, drugs, and supplies shall include services of qualified providers who have contracted with an MCC or are otherwise authorized to provide services to TennCare enrollees (i.e., emergency services provided out-of-network or medically necessary services obtained out-of-network because of an MCC's failure to provide adequate access to services in-network).
(76) MEDICAL RECORD shall mean all medical histories; records, reports and summaries; diagnoses; prognoses; records of treatment and medication ordered and given; x-ray and radiology interpretations; physical therapy charts and notes; lab reports; other individualized medical documentation in written or electronic format; and analyses of such information.
(77) MEDICAL SUPPLIES shall mean covered medical supplies that are deemed medically necessary and appropriate and are prescribed for use in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Medically necessary medical supplies not included as part of institutional services shall be covered only when provided by or through a licensed home health agency, by or through a licensed medical vendor supplier or by or through a licensed pharmacist.
(78) MEDICALLY ELIGIBLE shall mean a person who has met the medical eligibility criteria for the TennCare Standard program through a mechanism permitted under the provisions of these rules.
(79) MEDICALLY NECESSARY is defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 71-5-144, and shall describe a medical item or service that meets the criteria set forth in that statute. The term "medically necessary," as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 71-5-144, applies to TennCare enrollees. Implementation of the term "medically necessary" is provided for in these rules, consistent with the statutory provisions, which control in case of ambiguity. No enrollee shall be entitled to receive and TennCare shall not be required to pay for any items or services that fail fully to satisfy all criteria of "medically necessary" items or services, as defined either in the statute or in the Medical Necessity rule chapter at 1200-13-16.
(80) MEDICALLY NEEDY shall mean that category of TennCare Medicaid-eligibles as defined in Rule 1240-03-02-.03 of the Tennessee Department of Human Services - Division of Medical Services.
(81) MEDICARE shall mean the program administered through the Social Security Administration pursuant to Title XVIII, available to most individuals upon attaining age sixty-five (65), to some disabled individuals under age sixty-five (65), and to individuals having End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
(82) MEMBER shall mean a TennCare Medicaid- or TennCare Standard-eligible individual who is enrolled in a managed care organization.
(83) NON-CONTRACT PROVIDER shall have the same meaning as Non-Participating Provider.
(84) NON-PARTICIPATING PROVIDER shall mean a TennCare provider, as defined in this Rule, who is not contracted with a particular enrollee's MCO. This term may include TennCare providers who furnish services outside the managed care program on a fee-for-service basis, as well as TennCare providers who receive Medicare crossover payments from TennCare.
(85) NON-TENNCARE PROVIDER shall mean a provider who is not enrolled in TennCare and who accepts no TennCare reimbursement for any service, including Medicare crossover payments.
(86) OPEN ENROLLMENT shall mean a designated period of time, determined by the Bureau of TennCare, during which persons who are not currently TennCare eligible may apply for the Standard Spend Down program.
(87) OPEN MEDICAID CATEGORIES shall mean those Medicaid eligibility categories for which enrollment has not been closed pursuant to authority granted by CMS as part of the TennCare demonstration project.
(88) OUT-OF-NETWORK PROVIDER shall have the same meaning as Non-Participating Provider.
(89) OUT-OF-STATE EMERGENCY PROVIDER shall mean a provider outside the State of Tennessee who does not participate in TennCare in any way except to bill for emergency services, as defined in this Chapter, provided out-of-state to a particular MCC's enrollee. An Out-of-State Emergency Provider must abide by all TennCare rules and regulations, including those concerning provider billing of enrollees as found in Rule 1200-13-13-.08. In order to receive payment from TennCare, Out-of-State Emergency Providers must be appropriately licensed in the state in which the emergency services were delivered, they must enroll with TennCare and they must not be excluded from participation in Medicare or Medicaid.
(90) OVERUTILIZATION shall mean any of the following:
(a) The enrollee initiated use of TennCare services or supplies at a frequency or amount that is not medically necessary or medically justified.
(b) Overutilization, or attempted overutilization, of the TennCare Pharmacy Program which justifies placement on lock-in status for all enrollees involved.
(c) Activities or practices which may evidence overutilization of the TennCare Pharmacy Program including, but not limited to, the following:
1. Treatment by several physicians for the same diagnosis;
2. Obtaining the same or similar controlled substances from several physicians;
3. Obtaining controlled substances in excess of the maximum recommended dose;
4. Receiving combinations of drugs which act synergistically or belong to the same class;
5. Frequent treatment for diagnoses which are highly susceptible to abuse;
6. Receiving services and/or drugs from numerous providers;
7. Obtaining the same or similar drugs on the same day or at frequent intervals; or
8. Frequent use of the emergency room in non-emergency situations in order to obtain prescription drugs.
(91) PARTICIPATING PROVIDER shall mean a TennCare provider, as defined in this Rule, who has entered into a contract with an enrollee's Managed Care Contractor.
(92) PBM (PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER) shall mean an organization approved by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration to administer pharmacy benefits to enrollees to the extent such services are covered by the TennCare Program. A PBM may have a signed TennCare Contractor Risk Agreement with the State, or may be a subcontractor to an MCO.
(93) PERSONAL CARE SERVICES shall refer to an optional Medicaid benefit defined at 42 C.F.R. § 440.167 that, per the Tennessee Medicaid State Plan, Tennessee has not elected to include in the TennCare benefit package. To the extent that such services are available to children under the age of 21 when medically necessary under the provisions of EPSDT, the Bureau of TennCare designates home health aides as the providers qualified to deliver such services. When medically necessary, personal care services may be authorized outside of the home setting when normal life activities temporarily take the recipient outside of that setting. Normal life activity for a child under the age of 21 means routine work (including work in supported or sheltered work settings); licensed child care; school and school-related activities; religious services and related activities; and outpatient health care services (including services delivered through a TennCare home and community based services waiver program). The home health aide providing personal care services may accompany the recipient but may not drive. Normal life activities do not include non-routine or extended home absences.
(94) PHYSICIAN shall mean a person licensed pursuant to chapter 6 or 9 of title 63 of the Tennessee Code Annotated.
(95) POVERTY LEVEL shall mean the poverty level established by the Federal Government.
(96) POWER SEATING ACCESSORIES. Accessories available to modify a power wheelchair base are covered by TennCare when all listed criteria are met as follows:
(a) Power Seat Elevation System.
1. It is ordered by the Enrollee's treating physician.
2. An assessment conducted by a licensed physical therapist or licensed occupational therapist establishes that:
(i) The Enrollee has the cognitive ability and enough upper extremity function to carry out mobility-related activities of daily living such as feeding, grooming, dressing, and transferring; and
(ii) The activities for which the accessory will be used are conducted primarily in the enrollee's home.
(b) Power Standing System.
1. It is ordered by the Enrollee's treating physician.
2. An assessment conducted by a licensed physical therapist or licensed occupational therapist establishes that the Enrollee:
(i) Has a chronic condition that causes him to have limited or no ability to stand; and
(ii) Has a physical condition that allows him to stand, when supported, for meaningful periods of time, i.e., he will not suffer loss of blood pressure or have problems with bowel or urine retention; and
(iii) Has the cognitive ability and enough upper extremity function to carry out mobility-related activities of daily living such as feeding, grooming, dressing, and transferring; and
(iv) Meets at least one other complex rehabilitation criterion for a power seat accessory such as a tilt seat and also qualifies for a Group 3 base Power Wheelchair.
(97) POWER WHEELCHAIR ACCESSORIES. All powered wheelchair accessories not defined in this rule as Power Seating Accessories are excluded from TennCare coverage but may be provided by an MCO as a cost effective alternative service as defined in this rule.
(98) PRESCRIBER. An individual authorized by law to prescribe drugs.
(99) PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN shall mean a physician responsible for supervising, coordinating, and providing initial and primary care to patients; for initiating referrals for specialist care; and for maintaining the continuity of patient care. A primary care physician is a physician who has limited his practice of medicine to general practice or who is a Board Certified or Eligible Internist, Pediatrician, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, or Family Practitioner.
(100) PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER shall mean health care professional capable of providing a wide variety of basic health services. Primary care providers include practitioners of family, general, or internal medicine; pediatricians and obstetricians; nurse practitioners; midwives; and physician's assistant in general or family practice.
(101) PRIOR APPROVAL STATUS shall mean the restriction of an enrollee to a procedure wherein services, except in emergency situations, must be approved by the TennCare Bureau or the MCC prior to the delivery of services.
(102) PRIOR AUTHORIZATION shall mean the process under which services, except in emergency situations, must be approved by the TennCare Bureau or the MCC prior to the delivery in order for such services to be covered by the TennCare program.
(103) PRIVATE DUTY NURSING SERVICES shall mean nursing services for recipients who require eight (8) or more hours of continuous skilled nursing care during a 24-hour period.
(a) A person who needs intermittent skilled nursing functions at specified intervals, but who does not require continuous skilled nursing care throughout the period between each interval, shall not be determined to need continuous skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing care is provided by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse under the direction of the recipient's physician to the recipient and not to other household members. If there is more than one person in a household who is determined to require TennCare-reimbursed private duty nursing services, it is not necessary to have multiple nurses providing the services. A single nurse may provide services to multiple enrollees in the same home and during the same hours, as long as he can provide these services safely and appropriately to each enrollee.
(b) If it is determined by the MCO to be cost-effective, non-skilled services may be provided by a nurse rather than a home health aide. However, it is the total number of hours of skilled nursing services, not the number of hours that the nurse is in the home, that determines whether the nursing services are continuous or intermittent.
(c) Private duty nursing services are covered for adults aged 21 and older only when medically necessary to support the use of ventilator equipment or other life-sustaining medical technology when constant nursing supervision, visual assessment, and monitoring of both equipment and patient are required. For purposes of this rule, an adult is considered to be using ventilator equipment or other life-sustaining medical technology if he:
1. Is ventilator dependent for at least 12 hours each day with an invasive patient end of the circuit (i.e., tracheostomy cannula); or
2. Is ventilator dependent with a progressive neuromuscular disorder or spinal cord injury, and is ventilated using noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) by mask or mouthpiece for at least 12 hours each day in order to avoid or delay tracheostomy (requires medical review); or
3. Has a functioning tracheostomy:
(i) Requiring suctioning; and
(ii) Oxygen supplementation; and
(iii) Receiving nebulizer treatments or requiring the use of Cough Assist/in-exsufflator devices; and
(iv) In addition, at least one subitem from each of the following items (I and II) must be met:
(I) Medication:
I. Receiving medication via a gastrostomy tube (G-tube); or
II. Receiving medication via a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) line or central port; and
(II) Nutrition:
I. Receiving bolus or continuous feedings via a permanent access such as a G-tube, Mickey Button, or Gastrojejunostomy tube (G-J tube); or
II. Receiving total parenteral nutrition.
(d) Private duty nursing services are covered as medically necessary for children under the age of 21 in accordance with EPSDT requirements. As a general rule, only a child who is dependent upon technology-based medical equipment requiring constant nursing supervision, visual assessment, and monitoring of both equipment and child will be determined to need private duty nursing services. However, determinations of medical necessity will continue to be made on an individualized basis.
(e) A child who needs less than eight (8) hours of continuous skilled nursing care during a 24-hour period or an adult who needs nursing care but does not qualify for private duty nursing care per the requirements of these rules may receive medically necessary nursing care as an intermittent service under home health.
(f) General childcare services and other non-hands-on assistance such as cleaning and meal preparation shall not be provided by a private duty nurse. Because children typically have non-medical care needs which must be met, to the extent that private duty nursing services are provided to a person or persons under 18 years of age, a responsible adult (other than the private duty nurse) must be present at all times in the home during the provision of private duty nursing services unless all of the following criteria are met:
1. The child is non-ambulatory; and
2. The child has no or extremely limited ability to interact with caregivers; and
3. The child shall not reasonably be expected to have needs that fall outside the scope of medically necessary TennCare covered benefits (e.g., the child has no need for general supervision or meal preparation) during the time the private duty nurse is present in the home without the presence of another responsible adult; and
4. No other children shall be present in the home during the time the private duty nurse is present in the home without the presence of another responsible adult, unless these children meet all of the criteria stated above and are also receiving TennCare-reimbursed private duty nursing services.
(104) PROVIDER shall mean an appropriately licensed institution, facility, agency, person, corporation, partnership, or association that delivers health care services. Providers are categorized as either TennCare Providers or Non-TennCare Providers. TennCare Providers may be further categorized as being one of the following:
(a) Participating Providers or In-Network Providers
(b) Non-Participating Providers or Out-of-Network Providers
(c) Out-of-State Emergency Providers Definitions of each of these terms are contained in this Rule.
(105) PROVIDER-INITIATED REDUCTION, TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF SERVICES shall mean a decision to reduce, terminate, or suspend an enrollee's TennCare services which is initiated by the enrollee's provider, rather than by the MCC.
(106) PROVIDER WITH PRESCRIBING AUTHORITY shall mean, in the context of TennCare pharmacy services, a health care professional authorized by law or regulation to order prescription medications for his/her patients, and who:
(a) Participates in the provider network of the MCC in which the enrollee is enrolled; or
(b) Has received a referral of the enrollee, approved by the MCC, authorizing her to treat the enrollee; or
(c) In the case of a TennCare enrollee who is also enrolled in Medicare, is authorized to treat Medicare patients.
(107) PRUDENT LAY PERSON shall mean a reasonable person who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine.
(108) QUALIFIED LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE POLICY shall mean a long-term care insurance policy issued on or after October 1, 2008, that has been pre-certified by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance pursuant to Rule 0780-01-61 as:
(a) A policy that meets all applicable Tennessee Long Term Care Partnership requirements; or
(b) A policy that has been issued in another Partnership state and which is covered under a reciprocal agreement between such other state and the State of Tennessee.
(109) QUALIFIED UNINSURED PERSON shall mean an uninsured person who meets the technical, financial, and insurance requirements for the TennCare Standard Program.
(110) QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION shall mean a medical condition which is included among a list of conditions established by the Bureau and which will render a qualified uninsured applicant medically eligible.
(111) READABLE shall mean easily understood language and format. See 42 C.F.R. § 438.10.
(112) REASSIGNMENT shall mean the process by which the Bureau of TennCare transfers an enrollee from one MCO to another as described in these rules.
(113) RECEIPT OF MAILED NOTICES shall mean that receipt of mailed notices is presumed to occur within five (5) days of mailing.
(114) RECERTIFICATION shall have the same meaning as Redetermination.
(115) RECONSIDERATION shall mean the mandatory process, triggered by an enrollee's request for a SFH, by which an MCC reviews and renders a decision affirming or reversing the MCC's adverse benefit determination. An MCC satisfies the plan-level requirements of 42 C.F.R. Part 438 Subpart F when the review includes all available, relevant, clinical documentation (including documentation which may not have been considered in the original review); is performed by a physician other than the original reviewing physician; and produces a timely written finding. See June 5, 2017, CMS letter from Jackie Glaze to Wendy Long, M.D., M.P.H.
(116) REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT shall mean a request from an enrollee for reimbursement of amounts paid out of pocket to providers for medical, dental or pharmacy services received. Enrollees seeking reimbursement are required to submit receipts or bills that include the following information: the amount paid by enrollee, a description of the prescriptions, care or services received, the date the prescriptions, care or services were received, and the name of the provider or pharmacy. All required information must be received from enrollees within the sixty (60) day timeframe to request reimbursement as prescribed by Rule 1200-13-13-.11(2)(d).
(117) RESPONSIBLE PARTY(IES) shall mean the following individuals, who are representatives and/or relatives of recipients of medical assistance who are not financially eligible to receive benefits: parents, spouses, children, and guardians; as defined at Tennessee Code Annotated § 71-5-103(10).
(118) SSI (SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME) BENEFITS shall mean the benefits provided through a program administered by the Social Security Administration for those meeting program eligibility requirements. Tennessee residents determined eligible for SSI benefits are automatically enrolled in TennCare Medicaid.
(119) STANDARD SPEND DOWN (SSD) shall mean the demonstration eligibility category composed of adults age twenty-one (21) and older who have been found to meet the criteria in Rule 1200-13-14-.02.
(120) STATE FAIR HEARING (SFH) shall mean an evidentiary hearing requested by or on behalf of an enrollee to allow the enrollee to appeal an adverse benefit determination, which is conducted in accordance with 42 C.F.R. Part 431 Subpart E and the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, T.C.A. §§ 4-5-301, et seq. An initial order under T.C.A. § 4-5314 shall be entered when an evidentiary hearing is held before a hearing officer. If any party appeals the initial order under T.C.A. § 4-5-315, the Commissioner may render a final order.
(121) TARGETED PHARMACY. A pharmacy meeting one of the following criteria:
(a) It is located outside the State of Tennessee.
(b) It has had previous controlled substance violations with the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy.
(c) It appears to be an outher to the norm in its dispensing of controlled substances.
(d) It has filled controlled substance prescriptions that are covered by TennCare for members locked in to a different pharmacy after being notified that the member was locked in to a different pharmacy.
(122) TARGETED PRESCRIBER. A prescriber with prescribing authority who is ranked as a top prescriber of controlled substances based on multiple factors which may include but are not limited to any of the following:
(a) The percentage of controlled substances prescribed.
(b) The percentage of Schedule II controlled substances prescribed.
(c) The percentage of Schedule III controlled substances prescribed.
(d) The percentage of short acting single ingredient opiates prescribed.
(e) The percentage of short acting combination product opiates prescribed.
(f) The percentage of long acting opiates prescribed.
(g) The average morphine equivalents per day prescribed.
(h) The percentage of rejected claims of controlled substances.
(123) TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS shall mean the eligibility requirements applicable to the appropriate category of medical assistance as discussed in Chapter 1240-03-03-.03 of the rules of the TDHS - Division of Medical Services, and the additional eligibility requirements set forth in these rules.
(124) TENNCARE shall mean the program administered by the Single State agency as designated by the State and CMS pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act and the Section 1115 Research and Demonstration waiver granted to the State of Tennessee.
(125) TENNCARE APPEAL FORM shall mean the TennCare form(s) which are completed by an enrollee or by a person authorized by the enrollee to do so, when an enrollee appeals an adverse benefit determination.
(126) TENNCARE CHOICES in Long-Term Care shall mean the program described in Rule 1 20013-01-.05.
(127) TENNCARE MEDICAID shall mean that part of the TennCare program, which covers persons eligible for Medicaid under Tennessee's Title XIX State Plan for Medical Assistance. The following persons are eligible for TennCare Medicaid:
(a) Tennessee residents determined to be eligible for Medicaid in accordance with 124003-03 of the rules of the Tennessee Department of Human Services - Division of Medical Services.
(b) Individuals who qualify as dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are enrolled in TennCare Medicaid.
(c) A Tennessee resident who is an uninsured woman, under age sixty-five (65), a U.S. citizen or qualified alien, is not eligible for any other category of Medicaid, has been diagnosed as the result of a screening at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site with breast or cervical cancer, including pre-cancerous conditions.
(d) Tennessee residents determined eligible for SSI benefits by the Social Security Administration are automatically enrolled in TennCare Medicaid.
(128) TENNCARE MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY REFORMS shall mean the amendments to the TennCare demonstration project approved by CMS on March 24, 2005, to close enrollment into TennCare Medicaid for non-pregnant adults age twenty-one (21) or older who qualify as Medically Needy under Tennessee's Title XIX State Plan for Medical Assistance and to disenroll non-pregnant adults age twenty-one (21) or older who qualify as Medically Needy under Tennessee's Title XIX State Plan for Medical Assistance after completion of their twelve (12) months of eligibility.
(129) TENNCARE PHARMACY PROGRAMS shall mean any TennCare pharmacy carve-outs, including, but not limited to, enrollees with dual eligibility and all pharmacy services provided by the TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
(130) TENNCARE PROVIDER shall mean a provider who accepts as payment in full for furnishing benefits to a TennCare enrollee, the amounts paid pursuant to an approved agreement with an MCC or TennCare. Such payment may include copayments from the enrollee or the enrollee's responsible party. TennCare providers must be enrolled with TennCare. TennCare providers must abide by all TennCare rules and regulations, including requirements regarding provider billing of patients as found in Rule 1200-13-13-.08. TennCare providers must be appropriately licensed for the services they deliver and must not be providers who have been excluded from participation in Medicare or Medicaid.
(131) TENNCARE SELECT shall mean a state self-insured HMO established by the Bureau of TennCare and administered by a contractor to provide medical services to certain eligible enrollees.
(132) TENNCARE SERVICES OR TENNCARE BENEFITS, for purposes of this rule, shall mean any medical assistance that is administered by the Bureau of TennCare or its contractors and which is funded wholly or in part with federal funds under the Medicaid Act or any waiver thereof, but excluding:
(a) Medical assistance that can be appealed through an appeal of a pre-admission evaluation (PAE) determination; and
(b) Medicare cost sharing services that do not involve utilization review by the Bureau of TennCare or its contractors.
(133) TENNCARE STANDARD shall mean that part of the TennCare Program which provides health coverage for Tennessee residents who are not eligible for Medicaid and who meet the eligibility criteria found in Rule 1200-13-14-.02.
(134) TENNCARE STANDARD ELIGIBILITY REFORMS shall mean the amendments to the TennCare demonstration project approved by CMS on March 24, 2005, to terminate coverage for adults aged nineteen (19) and older in TennCare Standard eligibility groups.
(135) TENNderCARE shall mean the name given to the preventive health care program for TennCare children.
(136) TERMINATION shall mean the discontinuance of an enrollee's coverage under the TennCare Medicaid or TennCare standard program.
(137) THIRD PARTY shall mean any entity or funding source other than the enrollee or his/her responsible party, which is or may be liable to pay for all or a part of the costs of medical care of the enrollee.
(138) TRANSITION GROUP shall mean existing Medicaid Medically Needy adults age twenty-one (21) or older enrolled as of October 5, 2007, who have not yet been assessed for transition to the Standard Spend Down Demonstration population for non-pregnant adults age twenty-one (21) or older.
(139) TREATING PHYSICIAN (OR CLINICIAN) shall mean a health care provider who has provided diagnostic or treatment services for an enrollee (whether or not those services were covered by TennCare), for purposes of treating, or supporting the treatment of, a known or suspected medical condition. The term excludes providers who have evaluated an enrollee's medical condition primarily or exclusively for the purposes of supporting or participating in a decision regarding TennCare coverage.
(140) UNINSURED shall mean any person who does not have health insurance directly or indirectly through another family member, or who does not have access to group health insurance. For purposes of the Medicaid eligibility category of women under 65 requiring treatment for breast or cervical cancer, "Uninsured" shall mean any person who does not have health insurance or access to health insurance which covers treatment for breast or cervical cancer.
(141) VALID FACTUAL DISPUTE shall mean a dispute which, if resolved in favor of the enrollee, would result in the proposed action not being taken.

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Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-13-13-.01
Public necessity rule filed July 1, 2002; effective through December 13, 2002. Original rule filed September 30, 2002; to be effective December 14, 2002; however, on December 9, 2002, the House Government Operations Committee of the General Assembly stayed Rule 1200-13-13-.01; new effective date February 12, 2003. Emergency rule filed December 13, 2002; effective through May 27, 2003. Amendment filed April 9, 2003; effective June 23, 2003. Public necessity rule filed May 5, 2005; effective through October 17, 2005. Public necessity rule filed June 3, 2005; effective through November 15, 2005. Amendment filed July 14, 2005; effective September 27, 2005. Amendment filed July 20, 2005; effective October 3, 2005. Amendment filed July 28, 2005; effective October 11, 2005. Amendment filed September 1, 2005; effective November 15, 2005. Public necessity rule filed December 9, 2005; effective through May 23, 2006. Public necessity rule filed December 29, 2005; effective through June 12, 2006. Public necessity rules filed March 3, 2006; effective through August 15, 2006. Amendment filed March 3, 2006; effective May 17, 2006. Public necessity rule filed December 29, 2005; expired June 12, 2006. On June 13, 2006, affected rules reverted to status on December 28, 2005. Amendments filed March 31, 2006; effective June 14, 2006. Amendment filed June 1, 2006; effective August 15, 2006. Public necessity rule filed December 1, 2006; expired May 5, 2007. Public necessity rule filed February 2, 2007; effective through July 16, 2007. Amendment filed January 26, 2007; effective April 11, 2007. Amendment filed May 2, 2007; effective July 16, 2007. Amendment filed June 11, 2007; effective August 25, 2007. Public necessity rule filed October 11, 2007; effective through March 24, 2008. Public necessity rule filed February 8, 2008; effective through July 22, 2008. Amendments filed May 7, 2008; effective July 21, 2008. Public necessity rule filed September 8, 2008; effective through February 20, 2009. Amendment filed December 5, 2008; effective February 18, 2009. Amendment filed February 18, 2009; effective May 4, 2009. Amendments filed September 25, 2009; effective December 24, 2009. Emergency rule filed March 1, 2010; effective through August 28, 2010. Amendments filed May 27, 2010; effective August 25, 2010. Amendment filed July 1, 2013; effective September 29, 2013. Amendments filed October 3, 2013; effective January 1, 2014. Amendment filed December 23, 2014; effective March 23, 2015. Emergency rules filed July 1, 2016; effective through December 28, 2016. Amendment filed June 30, 2016; effective September 28, 2016. Amendments filed September 30, 2016; effective December 29, 2016. Amendments filed July 3, 2017; effective October 1, 2017. Amendments filed September 25, 2017; effective, December 24, 2017. Emergency rules filed April 15, 2021; effective through October 12, 2021. Amendments filed June 29, 2021; effective September 27, 2021. Amendments filed July 8, 2021; effective October 6, 2021. Amendments filed October 26, 2021; effective 1/24/2022.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-208, 4-5-209, 71-5-105, 71-5-107, 71-5-109, 71-5-113, and 71-5-146; 42 C.F.R. Part 431 Subpart E; 42 C.F.R. Part 438 Subpart F; 42 C.F.R. Part 455 Subpart E; and Executive Order No. 23.

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