New Online Enrollment Process for 835 EFT/ERA through the Availity® Provider Portal

Posted November 21, 2019

A new online 835 Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and 835 Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) setup tool is coming soon to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). This new capability will be available in the Availity Provider Engagement Portal using the multi-payer Transaction Enrollment tool. BCBSIL’s current online 835 EFT and 835 ERA enrollment option available in our Availity Payer Spaces section will be removed once the transition to the new tool is complete.

This new enrollment capability allows you to submit EFT and ERA enrollments electronically to multiple payers at the same time. You can also use Availity’s Transaction Enrollment option to monitor enrollment status.

EFT and ERA enrollment via Availity is easy to complete, without the inconvenience of downloading and faxing or mailing paper enrollment forms. Once the enrollment is processed, you will receive a confirmation letter acknowledging the enrollment effective date along with other important details.

Advantages of enrolling for EFT:

  • Quicker receipt of payments
  • Greater security – no more risk of lost or stolen paper checks
  • Direct deposit into the bank account of your choice

Advantages of enrolling for ERA:

  • Faster remittance delivery
  • Automatic posting capabilities
  • Designate delivery to a specific clearinghouse or vendor

How to access Availity’s Transaction Enrollment option:

  1. Login into Availity
  2. Select My Account Dashboard on the Availity homepage
  3. Select Enrollments Center
  4. Select Transaction Enrollment*
  5. Complete and submit

Online EFT and ERA enrollment is available to registered Availity users. To register for Availity, go to Availity's website and sign up today, at no cost. We are updating our Availity EFT Tip Sheet and Availity ERA Tip Sheet this month to reflect the new enrollment process. 

Have questions or need additional education?
Email Electronic Commerce Services. Be sure to include your name, direct contact information and Tax ID or Billing National Provider Identifier (NPI).

*The EFT Transaction Enrollment option is only available to the Availity administrator and/or users who have been granted access.

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.