CMS ITU Training Event

Phoenix, AZ | October 24-25, 2018

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) Division of Tribal Affairs (DTA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) invite you to the 2018 CMS Outreach & Education Event.

The event will be held in Tempe, AZ on Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Click here to register.

Target Audience

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


Georgey Sparks
CMS Division of Tribal Affairs, CAHPG, CMCS

Cynthia Lemesh
CMS Region IX

Denise Exendine
Phoenix Area Indian Health Service

Carol Chicharello
Phoenix Area Indian Health Service


Meeting and Lodging Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe

Meeting Room: Phoenix Ballroom
4400 South Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 897-7444


Self parking at the Embassy Suites Phoenix Tempe is free.

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. If you are flying into Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) you have several options for ground transportation from the airport to the hotel.

To make reservations, please click here or call 800-362-2779 and reference the CMS/ITU room block to receive the Federal government per diem rate of $121 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Friday, October 4, 2018.

If you are flying into Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) you have several options for ground transportation from the airport to the hotel.

The Embassy Suites Phoenix Tempe offers a hotel shuttle that will pick-up/drop-off to the airport during the hours of 6:00 am – 10:00 pm. The shuttle runs every hour, on the hour. Please call the hotel at (480) 897-7444 when you get to baggage claim to arrange a pick-up. 

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare to the hotel is approximately $25.

Super Shuttle: Shared van service is also available at a cost of $15 each way. Reservations can be made by calling 800-Blue-Van or visiting

Download the 2018 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Phoenix, Arizona here. PDF Icon Don’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.