At the Forefront of Healthcare Transformation 

 ILHITREC Interchange Newsletter 
January 2020

2019 Medicaid PI Program Attestation Season is Here!

From ILHITREC's Director,
The 2019 attestation season is upon us for the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. If you haven't already started preparing, now is the time. ILHITREC's statewide team is ready to assist you in meeting meaningful use and attesting in the PI program.
In addition to providing attestation assistance at this time of the year, many providers and practices have a designated ILHITREC representative who works with them throughout the year to assist them in staying on track to meet the objectives, patient volume pre-approval, audit preparation, and everything in between. All of our services are provided at no cost for eligible Medicaid providers, as we are funded by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to assist you in these activities.
Contact us today if you need assistance in the Medicaid PI Program -
All the best for 2020!

Lisa Kaye Bergeron
Director, ILHITREC


Healthcare Finance News - Healthcare in 2020: 
Progress continues, but challenges remain 

Healthcare costs will continue to be a major focus in a year that will also see health systems struggle with adequate staffing and security threats.  

Providers and insurers can expect to see a continuation of federal policy to rein in healthcare costs as well as more potential legislation on surprise bills and drug prices in the New Year. Also, telehealth will continue to grow as a cost-effective and convenient alternative to in-person care while physician and nurse shortages and the threat of cybersecurity breaches are ever present.  Read More 


Upcoming Webinar: 
What is your Medicaid PI Attestation Strategy for 2020 & 2021?

Timelines and reporting periods have changed for the  
Medicaid Promoting Interoperability program for 2020 and 2021. Kerri Lanum, Clinical Informatics Specialist with ILHITREC will review the new deadlines and give suggestions for strategies for your organization to successfully meet program objectives. 

Join us on Tues January 28th from noon - 1:00 PM.


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