At the Forefront of Healthcare Transformation 

 ILHITREC Interchange Newsletter 
February 2020

Forbes - Today's Hospitals Are Yesterday's Farms: 
5 Ways To Save A Dying Industry

Over the past 40 years, the  number of U.S. hospitals declined by 12 percent, from more than 7,100 in 1975 to 6,200 in 2017, according to the latest American Hospital Association survey. And, yet, despite shuttering nearly 1,000 facilities, hospitals remain the nation's largest source of healthcare spending, accounting for  $1.1 trillion annually (or 33% of all national healthcare expenditures). Much of that money goes to the  7.5 million people employed by hospitals who, together, make up nearly half the nation's healthcare workforce. 

These statistics tell the story of an industry struggling to right-size its workforce, bring down costs and, ultimately, achieve more with less. If there's a silver liningit's that we've seen this story play out before in another industry. To the benefit of the entire country, U.S. agriculture overcame many of the same struggles that hospitals face today.     Read More


Upcoming Webinar: 
Overcoming the Barriers to Successful Stage 3 Attestation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

This webinar will focus on strategies and best practices to meet the most challenging Stage 3 Objectives for the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. 


Webinar Replay: 
Medicaid PI Attestation Strategy for 2020 & 2021

If you missed ILHITREC's recent webinar about developing a Medicaid PI Attestation Strategy for 2020 & 2021, you can listen to the  recordings  and download the  PowerPoint Presentations in PDF format.
Timelines and reporting periods have changed for the  
Medicaid Promoting Interoperability program for 2020 and 2021. Kerri Lanum, Clinical Informatics Specialist with ILHITREC offered a review of the new deadlines and gave suggestions for strategies for your organization to successfully meet program objectives. 

Visit  ILHITREC's Webinar page  for the replay and PowerPoint in PDF format.


Remaining Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Year Deadlines

The Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program will end in 2021. In order to assist with your planning, below is a table of key dates for this program.


Submit Patient Volume for Pre-Approval 
for Medicaid EHR Program Year 2019  
ILHITREC encourages Illinois providers participating in the eMIPP program to submit patient volume for pre-approval for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for the 2019 Program Year as soon as possible to avoid any delays in attestation. Use the format below to provide the following information via email to

  • Payee TIN = _________________
  • Payee NPI __________________
  • Group or individual numbers?  _______________
  • Provider type:  (physician, hospital, dentist)  _________________
  • Selecting a Date Range: (Select Calendar Year 2018 only for Pre-Approval)
     - Date Range: Calendar Year, any 90-day period in 2018 ___________
     - Can not use the same date or overlap date used for Program Year 2018
  • Straight Medicaid (only traditional Medicaid & All Kids) = _______________
  • Medicaid Managed Care = ________________
  • Total Encounters for all payees = ________________
Primary Contact:
Primary Phone:
Primary Email: 

Please note that ILHITREC's Clinical Informatics Specialists are trained to assist you with any questions or concerns related to the EHR Incentive Programs. Contact us at or visit for complete details on the wide variety of services provided by ILHITREC.
About Support Provided by ILHITREC
The Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC), under contract with the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS), is providing education, outreach, EHR, and Meaningful Use support to Medicaid providers for the Promoting Interoperability Program. Contact us at