Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

The Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995 granted medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to HRSA-supported health centers. Under the Act, health centers are considered Federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer. Information and resources regarding FTCA are below. For more information, visit Emergency Resources for Applying for FTCA Coverage for Volunteers.

HRSA’s FTCA website
FREE Risk Management and Patient Safety Guidance from ECRI Institute
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF) provides Compliance & FTCA Support Services for health centers. Services are available for subscription.
2018 FTCA for Volunteers FAQ (English) (Spanish)

In response to HRSA’s policy on FTCA coverage for Volunteers, NACHC produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide comprehensive guidance to the field regarding the operational implementation of this new policy. NACHC produced both English and Spanish versions.


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