CMS ITU Training Event

Sacramento, CA | June 4-6, 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 IX and the California Area Indian Health Service (IHS) invite you to the 2019 CMS Outreach & Education Event.

The event will be held in Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, June 4th through Thursday, June 6th, 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

Days 1 and 2

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

Day 3: Revenue Cycle Day Hosted by IHS

Come join your I/T/U colleagues for a day dedicated to improving quality, coordination and efficiencies among the components of the revenue cycle. A panel of I/T/U presenters will share best practices and tangible resources which further the goal of maximizing access to third party resources and improving access to quality health care across the Indian Health System. Please indicate on the registration site whether you plan to attend Day 3: Revenue Cycle Day.


Cynthia Lemesh
CMS Region IX


Bonnie Hillsberg
CMS Division of Tribal Affairs, IEAG, CMCS


Toni Johnson
Indian Health Service – California Area
916-930-3981, ext. 354


Meeting and Lodging Location

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo

Meeting Room: Golden State Ballroom
1782 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-929-7900

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

To make reservations, please call (916) 929-7900 or (800) 973-1386 and reference the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS/ITU) room block to receive the Federal government per diem rate of $135 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Friday, May 3, 2019 to ensure the rate mentioned above. Reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo are on your own and subject to hotel availability and pricing

Ground Transportation

The Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo is approximately 13 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF).  You have several options for ground transportation from the airport to the hotel. Visit SMF airport website.

Hotel Parking: Complementary parking available at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo.

Taxis:The approximate taxi fare to the hotel is $44

Hotel Shuttle: Shuttle service is $20 (NOTE:  services is from the hotel to Sacramento International Airport ONLY. Shuttle service is not available from the airport to the hotel). Reservation required.

Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is available at the approximate cost of $17 per person/one way.   

Driving Directions from Sacramento International Airport (SMF): Take Interstate 5 South toward Sacramento to Exit 520. Turn left off the exit onto Richards Boulevard and follow Richards Boulevard to CA-160 North. Turn left and proceed to the exit on the right for Exposition Boulevard. Continue on Exposition Boulevard to Tribute Road and turn right to the hotel.

Download the 2019 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Sacramento, California here. PDF Icon And download the 2019 Revenue Cycle Day Agenda for Sacramento, California 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.