CMS ITU Training Event

Rapid City, SD | December 12-13, 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 Rapid City, SD on Wednesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 13th, 2018. Click here to register.

Target Audience

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


Mary Munoz

Barbara Prehmus

Georgey Sparks
Division of Tribal Affairs/CAHPG/CMCS/CMS



Meeting and Lodging Location

Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City

Meeting Room: Ballroom
1333 N Elk Vale Road
Rapid City, SD 57703
Phone: (605) 791-2345


Self parking at the Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City is free.

Travel Arrangements

All  attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

To make reservations, please call 605-863-9618 and reference the CMS/ITU room block to receive the Federal government per diem rate of $93 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

If you are flying into Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) you have several options for ground transportation to the Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City.

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

Airport Express Shuttle: Shared van/shuttle service is also available at a cost of $9 per person. Please visit the Airport Express Shuttle counter near baggage claim.  This charge will be added as an incidental to your final hotel bill.

Driving Directions (from Rapid City Regional Airport): Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City, is located approximately 10 miles from the Rapid City Regional Airport .  Follow Terminal Road and Airport Road to SD-44 W. Continue straight onto SD-44 W. Continue on Jolly Lane to Rapid City, Turn right onto Elk Vale Road. Turn left onto Edwards Street. Destination will be on your left.

Download the 2018 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Rapid City, South Dakota 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.