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Operating a health center within the confines of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has never been more challenging. The myriad of requirements, involvement of various agencies, coupled with increased accountability and responsibility can make providing health care services to your patients a risky proposition.
Through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), eligible health centers may be granted medical malpractice liability protection with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer. To receive coverage, grantees must submit an initial deeming application to the Bureau of Primary Health Care and meet the requirements to attain deemed status and must be redeemed on an annual basis to continue coverage. A deemed health center’s employees are considered federal employees and are immune from lawsuits for medical malpractice. A patient who alleges acts of medical malpractice by a deemed health center cannot sue the health center or the providers directly, but rather must file the claim against the United States Government.
But what is the role of the health center’s Board of Directors in the FTCA deeming application and redeeming application process?  What are the Board’s requirements in the management of the FTCA program and what are HRSA/ BPHC expectations of the Board?   This webinar is designed for health center board members who want to expand their knowledge of this critical health center program and will specifically address the Board’s role in management of the health center’s FTCA program.  For health center staff who work with the Board, this webinar will provide practical tips and examples on how to increase the Board’s involvement and engagement. neys that have shaped the regulations, but Ted Waters and Scott Sheffler are accessible throughout the two days for discussions of advanced issues specific to your organization.  This accessibility makes the training an excellent opportunity for you and your whole grants management team to have your questions answered and directly apply what you are learning during the sessions.  
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.learningmarket.org.
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Specifically targeted for executive staff, clinical leadership and human resources staff, but all are welcome.
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Deeming and Redeeming Applications - FTCA coverage is contingent on approval of an annual deeming application by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). For many health centers, these deeming application requirements have become increasingly more challenging to meet. From credentialing and privileging to referral tracking, HRSA deeming requirements can be complicated and confusing. It is essential for health centers to understand these deeming requirements so that they can get them right.
Principles of Coverage - Once deemed, a health center must operate within the confines of the FTCA program requirements to ensure that its activities are covered. In most cases, only services provided to a health center patient within the scope of project of the health center and the scope of employment of the provider are covered by FTCA. If any of these elements is missing, the health center could be jeopardizing its FTCA coverage. We will review the principles of FTCA coverage and discuss common pitfalls and potential liabilities and risks for your health center.
FTCA Claims Process - After a claim has been filed against your health center, you must take certain deliberate steps to access coverage under the FTCA. Health centers that do not go through these required steps may be putting their FTCA coverage at risk. We will discuss best practices in the FTCA claims process and discuss those actions that could jeopardize coverage for your health center.
Gap Insurance - Do you need Gap Insurance? How do you know? In this session we will discuss the types of insurance available and the decision-making process a health center needs to use to make an informed decision.
FTCA Case Law - Since the inception of the FTCA Program the courts have made significant rulings that affect health centers' FTCA protection. This session will review the history of these decisions and explain the impact on the health center.
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Start date:12/01/2016
Expiration date: 12/01/2019

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