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 target audience for the CMS ITU trainings is:

  • Business Office staff
  • Benefits Coordinators
  • Patient Registration staff
  • Medical Records staff
  • Purchased Referred Care Services staff

Virtual Trainings: Due to travel and training restrictions issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMS Division of Tribal Affairs will be offering virtual training per IHS Area as indicated in the chart below. We encourage ITU staff to register for training being held for their respective areas as the agendas will be developed to address issues for particular Areas and State Medicaid/CHIP presentations for states located in the IHS Areas. However, if you are not able to attend a particular topic during your Area training event, you may register for webinars in other Areas.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs): You will receive 1 CEU from AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) for each webinar you attend for up to a maximum of 14 CEU’s for the virtual training series.  Because the agenda presentations will vary from Area, the number of CEUs available for each training will vary.  You will need to participate in the full webinar and not log off early to receive the CEU certificate.  At the end of each training, you will be sent an online evaluation form to complete.  Your feedback is important to help us improve.  After completing the evaluation, you will receive your CEU’s for virtual training.  See the agenda and specific Save the Date Notice for deadlines for submitting evaluations in order to receive the CEUs.

Registration: Please visit this site for more information as these virtual events are scheduled and opened for registration. Once registration is open, please click on the link for the Save the Date Notice for specific information about the training and register at

 2019-2020 ITU Virtual Trainings

Location Dates Registration Status

IHS Navajo area 

July 7–17

Registration is Closed

Save the Date - Navajo (PDF)

IHS California Area August 4-13

Registration is Closed

Save the Date - California (PDF)

IHS Portland Area 

August 17-26

Registration is Closed

Save the Date- Portland (PDF)

IHS Nashville August 23-September 11 (Mornings) 

Registration is Closed

Save the Date - Nashville (PDF)

IHS Bemidji Area August 23-September 11 (Afternoons)

Registration is Closed

Save the Date - Bemidji (PDF)

IHS Oklahoma City Area September 8-18 Registration is Closed
Save the Date - Oklahoma City (PDF)

IHS Albuquerque Area

September 14-25

Registration is Closed
Save the Date - Albuquerque (PDF)
IHS Billings Area

September 21-30

Registration is Closed
Save the Date - Billings (PDF)
IHS Partnership September 28-October 6 Registration is Closed
Save the Date-IHS Partnership (PDF)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Title VI Grantees Annual Conference

September 29-October 7

Registration is Closed

Save the Date - ACL Title VI (PDF) 

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