CMS ITU Training Event

Rapid City, SD | December 17-18, 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.


Target Audience

  • Business Office Staff
  • Benefits Coordinators
  • Patient Registration Staff
  • Medical Records Staff
  • Health Information Management Staff
  • Purchased/Referred Care Staff

Topics at a Glance:

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

Additional Information/New this year:

  • We will be offering CEUs for this training.
  • Day two (2) of the training, will have a breakout session for billers and coders.



Mary Munoz
(303) 844-2306

Barbara Prehmus
(303) 844-7472

Georgey Sparks
CMS Division of Tribal Affairs/CAHPG/CMCS/CMS
(410) 786-4608


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 $94 plus tax per night.  Or click here to make reservations online.  Reservations should be made by Tuesday, November 28, 2019.

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.

Coming Soon…

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.