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Provider Notice Issued 03/22/2021

Date:   March 22, 2021


To:       Enrolled Hospitals:  Chief Executives Officers, Chief Financial Officers, and Patient Accounts Managers


Re:      Launch of HFS Statewide Technology Platform



This notice provides guidance to hospitals regarding the launch of HFS’ statewide technology platform to facilitate transmission of HL7 formatted messages from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other institutions and notify community providers of patient admissions, discharges and transfers to improve care coordination and quality.


The functionality of this technology platform will support Illinois’ 2021-24 Comprehensive Medical Programs Quality Strategy and align with the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule requirements that hospitals send electronic notifications of admissions, discharges and transfers to a patient’s care team.


All hospitals that are enrolled in the IMPACT system to serve Medicaid participants will be required to transmit electronic notifications of admissions, discharges, and transfers for Medicaid participants in an HL7 format to the HFS technology platform by September 30, 2021. 


Illinois has received approval of federal funding to offset hospital costs for setting up the electronic data connection to the HFS technology platform and will provide additional guidance to hospitals to request reimbursement for allowable costs.


It is anticipated that the technology platform will be operational for hospitals to begin setting up data connections by June 1, 2021. Technical specifications and details about the onboarding process will be provided in the near future.


HFS will host online demonstrations of the technology at the date and times listed below.  Hospital staff engaged in quality improvement, discharge planning, information technology and clinical services are encouraged to attend either meeting.


Friday, March 26, 2021 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Central

Meeting link

Meeting number (access code): 133 749 4374

Meeting password: MkZigBWP286

Join by phone:  +1-312-535-8110

Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Central

Meeting link

Meeting number (access code): 133 554 9738

Meeting password: GGihtTuP459

Join by phone: +1-312-535-8110


More information about this initiative is available at the HealthChoice Illinois ADT webpage



Kelly Cunningham, Administrator

Division of Medical Programs​


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JB Pritzker, Governor • Theresa Eagleson, Director