The NAME Annual Conference is a national forum for professionals working in education and/or health care and related fields.  The conference provides a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and similar professionals in the field of School Based Health at the Local, State and Federal levels.

Our national conference provides an opportunity for professional development with the latest information in research, experience and best practices for Medicaid in Education. When attending our conferences you will hear presentations on topics in areas such as:  

  • Medicaid reimbursement to schools
  • Compliance with school-based Medicaid billing and audit requirements
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for school health services and related services for students with disabilities
  • Potential health care legislation changes and the relationship to Medicaid in Education

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17th Annual NAME Conference
October 2 - 4, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

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Make your hotel reservations now for the 2019 NAME 17th Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel

330 Tijeras Avenue NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102 

A block of rooms have been reserved for this group at a reduced rate of $149.00 per night plus 13.5% hotel tax (Total of $169.12 per night including tax). 

This room rate is only guaranteed until 09/17/2019

Please note that the NAME Annual Conference is immediately before the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and hotel rooms in Albuquerque will book quickly closer to the Conference.

To book your hotel room and receive the special discounted NAME Conference rate, click on the link provided below: 

Hotel Registration Link

If you require assistance making your reservation, you can contact the Hyatt Regency at the following numbers: 1-888-421-1442 (toll free) or 1-402-592-6464 (non-toll free).

Daily hotel parking rates are $6.00 per day for self-parking.  Valet parking is also available. 

The closest airport is the Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ).  The hotel does not provide shuttle service.  Lyft/Uber service is approximately $15-$20.


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NAME is seeking proposals from individuals, teams or panels to present nugget and/or breakout sessions at the 2019 conference. 

  • Nugget sessions are 45 minutes in length and are repeated three consecutive times over a 2-hour period. Nugget sessions provide a focused overview of a specific topic. Conference participants are able to attend multiple nugget sessions.
  • Breakout sessions are 1.5 hours in length, allow for in-depth presentation of a specific topic and leave time for audience participation. Multiple breakout sessions are presented concurrently.  Time permitting, sessions may be repeated to give attendees the opportunity to learn from a variety of presentations.

NAME is seeking proposals that include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Medicaid reimbursement;
  • Quality assurance in Medicaid billing;
  • Organizing data to ensure smooth reporting;
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for health and related services in schools;
  • LEA outreach process to keep children enrolled in Medicaid;
  • Collaboration with Special Education;
  • Preparing for and dealing with federal and/or state Medicaid audits of school-based services programs; and
  • Other topics that would be of interest to conference attendees.


The typical NAME audience includes professionals who work in fields related to Medicaid reimbursement to schools; special educators, health care clinicians/providers, Medicaid policy specialists, education administrators, state and local government policymakers, Medicaid coordinators in school districts, Medicaid billing and consulting vendors and others.

Past Conference Attendance:

         Year            Attendance  
 2016 287
 2017 304
 2018 371


Conference Goals:

  • Increase understanding and knowledge of federal Medicaid regulations, requirements and processes specifically related to school-based services programs.
  • Share current information, news, research, successful systems and best practices with members and other interested individuals and organizations on the wide array of issues related to Medicaid covered services delivered in the school setting.
  • Provide a forum for professional development to enhance the capacity of school personnel, clinicians, administrators and others to comply with federal and state Medicaid and special education requirements.
  • Build relationships with colleagues from federal agencies, other national organizations and groups who are also interested in supporting school-based health services programs.
  • Facilitate networking between Medicaid and special education professionals.
  • Promote membership in NAME and provide opportunities for members to become engaged and actively involved in the organization both onsite and after the conference adjourns.

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal

  • Complete the attached 3-page Application to Present
  • Email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using “NAME Application to Present” in the subject line by April 12, 2019.
  • Save a copy of the application for your records as it contains information regarding selection criteria, presenter deadlines, presentation requirements and a proposal checklist.

Selected presenters must register and pay to attend the conference and will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  The lead presenter of selected presentations will receive a $50 discount to the conference registration fee, unless he/she defers the discount to another presentation team member.  Preference will be given to teams with a member who is a current NAME voting member, however all are encouraged to apply.  Individual presenters must be employed by a local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency to be considered for approval.  Presentation teams must include at least one local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency employee.