CMS ITU Training Event

Phoenix, AZ | Oct 29-30, 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) Division of Tribal Affairs (DTA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) invite you to the 2019 CMS Outreach & Education Event. The event will be held in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th, 2019. Click here to register.

Target Audience

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

Novitas will have a training on October 31, 2019

Phoenix Area Indian Health Service
6th Floor Main Conference Room
Two Renaissance Square
40 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Georgey Sparks CMS Division of Tribal Affairs, CAHPG, CMCS

Cynthia Lemesh CMS Region IX

Cheryle King Phoenix Area Indian Health Service


Meeting and Lodging Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Biltmore

Meeting Room:
Santa Cruz
2630 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

To make reservations, please click here or call 602-955-3992 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 Monday, September 30, 2019.

Ground Transportation

Hotel Parking: Self-parking at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Biltmore is free for daily attendance of the training.  Overnight parking is $12/day.

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare to the hotel is approximately $30.

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

Driving Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aiprot: From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – From airport head East on Sky Harbor Blvd. Stay straight onto I-10W. Merge onto AZ-51 North via exit 147. Continue North on AZ-51 4.0 miles and then take the Highland Ave. exit. Turn right onto Highland Ave. Continue on Highland Ave until you reach 24th St. Turn left onto 24th St. Continue on 24th St. until you reach E. Camelback Rd. Turn right. Take next left at 26th St. the hotel is located behind the Chase Bank building.

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Download the 2019 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Billings, Montana 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.

Meeting materials will be available for download shortly after the meeting concludes.

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.