CMS ITU Training Event

Bemidji, MN | May 30-31, 2019

In partnership with Indian Health Service, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Programs to maximize their ability to access third party resources. To meet this objective, CMS, in partnership with the States, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the IHS, provides training to patient benefits advocates on the programs and benefits available through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region V and the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service (IHS) invite you to the 2019 CMS Outreach & Education Event.

The event will be held in Bemidji, MN on Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st, 2019. Click here to register.


Target Audience

  • Business Office Staff
  • Benefits Coordinators
  • Patient Registration Staff
  • Medical Records Staff
  • Contract Health Services Staff

Topics at a Glance

  • CMS Tribal Affairs Updates
  • Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • State-Administered Programs
  • Social Security, Veterans Affairs and much more…


Justyna Redlinski
CMS Region V

Dr. Susan Karol
Division of Tribal Affairs/CAHPG/CMCS/CMS


Meeting and Lodging Location

Holiday Inn Express

Meeting Room: Conference Room
2422 Ridgeway Avenue NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-751-2487


Complimentary hotel parking.

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

To make reservations, please call (218) 751-2487 and reference the CMS/ITU room block to receive the federal per diem rate of $94 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Monday, April 29, 2019, to ensure the rate mentioned above. Reservations at the Holiday Inn Express Bemidji Hotel are on your own and subject to hotel availability and pricing.

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare from BJI to the hotel is $10.00.

Airport Express Shuttle: The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service (between 6:30 am –8:00 pm), from BJI. Please call (218) 751-2487 to schedule a ride.

Driving Directions from Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI)Holiday Inn Express Bemidji is located approximately 2.4 miles from the Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI).  You have a few options for ground transportation from the Bemidji Regional Airport.

Driving Directions from Bemidji Regional Airport: Head West on Moberg Drive NW.  Turn left onto US-2 East.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left (signs for US-71 North/International Falls/MN-197/Bemidji). Continue onto Paul Bunyan Drive NW/US-2 Old.  Turn left after Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on the right.

Download the 2019 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Bemidji, Minnesota here. PDF IconDon’t have a PDF reader? Download Adobe. 

Meeting materials are available for download via Google Drive here.

Visit this link for instructions on how to use Google Drive.


We pledge to put patients first in all of our programs – Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Exchanges. To do this, we must empower patients to work with their doctors and make health care decisions that are best for them.