FTCA Policies for Health Centers

Policies

Determination of Coverage for COVID-19-Related Activities by Health Center Providers

Determination of Coverage for COVID-19-Related Activities by Health Center Providers (PDF - 35 KB)
The purpose of this particularized determination, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 233(g)(1)(B) and (C), and under regulations set forth in 42 C.F.R. § 6.6, is to clarify eligibility of FTCA coverage for the provision of grant-supported health services by individuals who have been deemed as Public Health Service employees through the Health Center FTCA Program and the Health Center Volunteer Health Professional (VHP) FTCA Program, and who provide grant-supported health services to prevent, prepare or respond to COVID-19 (including but not limited to, screening, triage, testing, diagnosis, and treatment) to individuals who are not established patients of the health center.

Calendar Year 2021 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Coverage for Health Centers

Program Assistance Letter 2020-02 (PDF - 514 KB)
This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) addresses the process that health centers must take in order to submit their FTCA deeming and redeeming applications for calendar year 2021.

Temporary Privileging of Clinical Providers by Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deemed Health Centers in Response to Certain Declared Emergency Situations

Program Assistance Letter 2017-07 (PDF - 54 KB)
The purpose of this Program Assistance Letter (PAL) is to clarify the credentialing and privileging documentation required to support temporary privileging of clinical providers by health centers in response to certain declared emergency situations for purposes of deemed Public Health Service (PHS) employment with associated Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) protections under section 224 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA).

Notice of Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Health Center Policy Manual Update 

Program Assistance Letter 2014-09 (PDF - 103 KB)
This PAL is intended to announce, and disseminate the clarifications and updates that will be published in the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Health Center Policy Manual which will supersede Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2011-01.

Federal Tort Claims Act Health Center Policy Manual (PDF - 369 KB)
The FTCA Health Center Policy Manual is the primary source for information on the FTCA program for Health Center Program grantees and related stakeholders. It has been updated to reflect recent amendments to the FTCA Health Center regulations, set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, part 6 (42 CFR part 6). The updated FTCA Health Center Policy Manual supersedes PIN 2011-01, which consolidated and incorporated the content of various listed Policy Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs).

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2020