CMS ITU Training Event

Spokane, WA | June 10, 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) and Indian Health Service are jointly sponsoring the 2019 CMS Outreach & Education Event in Spokane, WA on Monday, June 10, 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

  • 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

CAPT Susan V. Karol, MD, FACS
Division of Tribal Affairs/CMCS/CMS

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


Meeting and Lodging Location

Davenport Grand Hotel

Meeting Room: Grand Ballroom A 333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-458-3330

Travel Arrangements

All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Government per diem Rate: $105 per night, plus 14% tax

Group code: IHS Partnership Conference

For reservations, please call: 1 (800) 228-9290 or (509) 458-3330 or use this link.

Lodging “cutoff” date: Monday, May 20, 2019 – all rooms must be reserved on or before this date. All unreserved rooms will be released on May 20.

IMPORTANT: At the time reservations are made, one nights’ room deposit will be required. Participants are responsible for lodging costs and are to be settled directly with the hotel. Please assure credit card authorizations or official company checks are coordinated and delivered at or before arrival at the hotel.

Ground Transportation

Hotel Parking: Self-parking: $17/day (no in/out privileges) Hotel Valet-parking: $22/day (with in/out privileges)

Taxis: The approximate taxi fare from GEG to the hotel is approximately $25.00.

Airport Shuttle: A hotel operated shuttle is available for a fee. For current fees and to schedule a pickup at the airport please call the Front Desk at 509-458-3330.

Driving Directions from Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Davenport Grand Hotel is located approximately 7.9 miles from the Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Driving Directions from Spokane International Airport: Start out going north on W Airport Dr toward S Flint Road (1.75 miles).  Merge onto US-2 E toward Spokane/I-90 (1.37 miles).  Merge onto I-90 E/US-2 E/US-395 N toward Spokane (3.66 miles).  Merge onto S Division St/US-2 E via EXIT 281 toward Newport/Colville (0.75 miles).  Turn left onto W Spokane Falls Blvd.  W Spokane Falls Blvd is just past W Main Ave (0.34 miles).  The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection, 333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA, 333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard.

Download the 2019 CMS/ITU Outreach and Education Agenda for Spokane, Washington here. PDF IconDon’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.