CMS ITU Training Event

Seattle, WA | April 3-4, 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 X and the Seattle Area Indian Health Service (IHS) invite you to the 2019 CMS Outreach & Education Event.

The event will be held in Seattle, WA on Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th, 2019. Click here to register.

Target Audience

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

Target Audience

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


Rhonda Martinez-McFarland, FNP-BC, ARNP
Seattle Regional Office for Medicaid & CHIP
CMS Region X

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



Meeting and Lodging Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

Meeting Room: King St. Ballroom
255 South King Street
Seattle, Washington, 98104
Phone: 206-859-4400

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

To make reservations, please call 206-859-4400 and reference the CMS/ITU room block to receive the federal per diem rate of $174 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Friday, February 15, 2019 to ensure the rate mentioned above. Reservations at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square are on your own and subject to hotel availability and pricing.

Ground Transportation

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square , is located approximately 13 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). You have several options for ground transportation from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Self-parking: $43/day (no in/out privileges) – For the self-parking garage, continue on 2nd Avenue past King Street. The parking garage entrance is on your left.

Hotel Valet-parking: $50/day (with in/out privileges)

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare from SEA to the hotel is $33.00

Shuttle Service: Shuttle Express offers shuttle services from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the hotel for approximately $35/per person.  Please call (425) 981-7000 or to schedule a ride.

Driving Directions from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: From the Airport Expressway take WA 518 East towards I-5 North (Seattle). From I-5 North, take E Martinez Drive (Exit 164B). Continue on E Martinez Drive and turn right on 1st Avenue South. Turn right on South King Street. Hotel will be on the right.

Download the 2019 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Seattle, Washington 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.