CMS ITU Training Event

Seattle, WA | March 31-April 1, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Programs (ITU) to maximize their ability to access third party resources. To meet this objective, CMS, in partnership with the States, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Office of the Inspector General, and 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) Seattle office and the Portland Area Indian Health Board invite you to the 2020 CMS Outreach & Education Event in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. 

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:

  • CMS Tribal Affairs Updates
  • Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP
  • State-Administered Programs
  • 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.


Rhonda Martinez-McFarland, FNP-BC, ARNP

Lane Terwilliger
CMS Division of Tribal Affairs/CAHPG/CMCS


Meeting and Lodging Location

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown
11010 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 454-5888


Daily self-parking at the Marriott Courtyard Seattle Bellevue Downtown is free.

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. To make reservations, please call 425-454-588 and reference the CMS/ITU room block to receive the Federal government per diem rate of $184 plus tax per night.  Or click here to make reservations online.  Reservations should be made by Tuesday, February 25, 2020. If you are flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) you have several options for ground transportation to the Marriott Courtyard Seattle Bellevue Downtown.

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare to the hotel is approximately $50.

Airport Express Shuttle: Shared van/shuttle service is also available at a cost of $19 per person. Please visit the Shuttle Express counter near baggage claim.

Driving Directions (from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport): Follow signs TO FREEWAYS and take Interstate 405 North for 14 miles to exit 13B for NE 8th Street West. Follow the cloverleaf back over the highway and the hotel will be on the right at the intersection of NE 8th Street and 110th Avenue. Contact hotel for additional transportation or directions.

Download the 2020 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Seattle, WA here. PDF IconDon’t have a PDF reader? Download Adobe. 

Meeting materials will be posted after the training. 

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.