Government Programs: 835 Electronic Remittance Advice (835 ERA) Update

Posted October 23, 2017

This notice applies to government programs providers servicing the following Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) members: 

  • Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM*
  • Blue Cross Community MMAI (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)SM
  • Blue Cross Community Integrated Care Plan (ICP)SM
  • Blue Cross Community Family Health PlanSM (FHP)
  • Blue Cross Community Managed Long Term Supports and ServicesSM (MLTSS)

*Including the product types of HMO, PPO, HMO-POS and HMO-SNP (if applicable)

This an update to a March 2017 announcement, which advised that missing ERA files could not be reloaded for claims submitted for members enrolled in any of the above-referenced Medicare Advantage and BCBSIL Medicaid plans. Therefore, impacted providers were instructed to refer to the paper Provider Claim Summary (PCS) sent by regular mail for remittance information on government programs claims.

Effective Nov. 30, 2017, government programs providers enrolled to receive the 835 ERA from BCBSIL may request redelivery of missing ERA files, issued since Jan. 1, 2017, to their designated receivers. Please note that ERA files originally issued prior to Jan. 1, 2017 cannot be reloaded. To request redelivery of ERAs for government programs claims, you may contact Provider Customer Service at the number on the member’s ID card. Paper PCSs will continue to be mailed for providers who are not enrolled for ERA.

Not enrolled for ERA? Providers may enroll online for ERA and also make any necessary set-up changes through the Availity™ Web portal at no cost. The online enrollment process can be completed in near real-time. Providers will receive a confirmation letter acknowledging the enrollment effective date and related information. To register for Availity, visit their website at  and complete the online application today.

For more information on 835 ERA enrollment and related topics, visit the Claim Payment and Remittance section.

Availity is a trademark of Availity, LLC, a separate company that operates a health information network to provide electronic information exchange services to medical professionals. Availity provides administrative services to BCBSIL. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors such as Availity. If you have any questions about the products or services provided by such vendors, you should contact the vendor(s) directly.