Annual FTCA Forum

Tempe, AZ US
February 26, 2020 to February 27, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Day One of this training starts at 1:45 pm after the Mastering the Compliance Manual training concludes at 1:00 pm. Registration will open at 12:00 pm for those who are only attending the Annual FTCA Forum

Many health centers and their staff members rely on the professional liability coverage offered pursuant to the Health Center Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) program. From submitting the initial application for “deeming” status to handling malpractice claims and preparing for a site visit, FTCA program compliance is essential.

FTCA coverage depends upon whether the services provided are:

  • Within the health center’s 330 approved scope of project?
  • Within the scope of employment?
  • Provided to health center patients?

The answers to these questions are not simple. They often require legal analysis, interpretation of HRSA guidance, and detailed understanding of medical malpractice. Failing to comply with the FTCA program requirements can be very costly for health centers and providers who can be left without any professional liability insurance for very expensive claims.

FTLF's attorneys will discuss the biggest risks in FTCA coverage for health centers, including risks related to:

  • FTCA applications and participation (either deeming or redeeming)
  • Common concerns around FTCA coverage
  • Current FTCA "hot issues" that health centers across the country face in the ever-changing healthcare environment

This session will also cover substantive changes in the FTCA program such as the addition of FTCA coverage for volunteers, as well as the significant changes made to the deeming application to bring it into alignment with the Health Center Compliance Manual.

Target Audience

  • New Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CFOs
  • Grants Managers
  • Human Resources Managers and staff 
  • Anyone who works on deeming applications

Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Deeming and Redeeming Application process and how the processes have changed to align with the Health Center Compliance Manual
  • Understand what triggers a FTCA Site Visit and common issues that arise for health centers when these programs are audited
  • Identify the Principles of FTCA coverage, including the newly established coverage for volunteers, and discuss common pitfalls and potential liabilities and risks for your health center
  • Review best practices in the FTCA claims process and discuss those actions that could jeopardize coverage for your health center
  • Assess the types of insurance available and the decision-making process a health center needs to use to make an informed decision
  • Explain the recent history of FTCA cases and the impact on health centers
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.25 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/26/2020 - 1:45pm EST
Event ends: 
02/27/2020 - 4:00pm EST
Tempe, AZ
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Thursday, February 27, 2020
*All specific agenda times are subject to change*

Day 1

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1:45 pm - 5:30 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Check-in and collect your conference materials, then network with your fellow attendees at lunch
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmWelcome and Housekeeping Items
1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Immunity (FSHCAA)
In this workshop, we dig deep into the maze of rules and regulations regarding immunity and the principles of coverage.
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
FTCA Deeming
The deeming application process is fraught with challenges. Knowing how to complete a deeming application by providing the information that reviewers will be looking for will go a long way toward making the application process less stressful and more effective. Here we review the key issues in the deeming application process.
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmEmergency Response, Telemedicine, and Medical Marijuana
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Day 1 Wrap Up and Q&A
Ask questions about today’s material or share thoughts on topics you would like to cover in Day 2.

Day 2

Thursday, February 27, 2020        
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Networking with Your Peers
9:00 am - 10:00 am
FTCA Claims Process
What happens when a patient files an FTCA claim? Or worse, what happens when a patient sues you? Here we examine the details of the FTCA claim process and how to manage all aspects of it.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
FTCA Case Law
Since its inception in 1992, there have been a number of important cases decided by federal courts that directly affect the FTCA program. In this workshop, we will review the most important cases and their implications for your health center
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
FTCA Case Law/Case Studies
Since its inception in 1992, there have been a number of important cases decided by federal courts that directly affect the FTCA program. In this workshop, we will review the most important cases and their implications for your health center
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmLunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Gap Insurance
What is gap insurance and do you need it? We discuss the types of insurance that are available and some of the issues health centers should take into account in making a decision on gap insurance.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
FTCA Site Visits
HRSA has implemented random targeted FTCA site visits. We study the site visit protocol and how HRSA is currently implementing it. Recommendations on working with and/or surviving FTCA site visit reviewers are explored.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Volunteers and the FTCA
The 21st Century Cures Act created a new program for FTCA protection for volunteers in deemed health centers. This program, while similar to the existing health center program, has some differing requirements and a distinct application process. Learn the requirements for a volunteer to be deemed under this program and the scope and limitations of coverage.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Final Questions and Wrap Up
Ask your lingering questions or share your final ideas in this wrap-up session.
Tempe Mission Palms
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
United States
+1 (480) 317-1502


If you would like to be placed on the room block waitlist for this event please contact FTLF at 855.200.3822 or by emailing We will notify you if rooms become available. Please make alternative hotel accommodations in the event that no additional rooms become available at Mission Palms.

Below are a few local hotels close to Mission Palms:

HotelDistance to Tempe Mission PalmsStandard Rate Cost
AC Hotel by Marriott0.6 miles$327.00
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport1.6 miles$319.00
Hilton Phoenix Airport2.9 miles$240.00
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU3.6 miles$299.00
Embassy Suites Phoenix Tempe3.8 miles$268.00
Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West4.2 miles$269.00
Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport4.4 miles$253.73

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Free Airport Shuttle Instructions to/from Skyharbor International Airport to Tempe Mission Palms: 


A Partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]


A Partner with the firm, Matt represents health centers facing a variety of adverse administrative decisions and legal actions. Defending clients in all phases of administrative and judicial review, from the lowest level up to the Supreme Court, he also represents clients in affirmative litigation against states and other entities. Matt has litigated on behalf of health centers on a variety of issues, including denials of deeming applications and the scope of FTCA coverage for malpractice actions brought against health centers and their providers. [Full Bio]

Conference participants can earn up to 11.00 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: New Staff, Medical Directors, Risk Managers, Compliance Officers, CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CFOs, Grants Managers, Human Resources Managers and staff, Anyone who works on deeming applications
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group-Live 

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP 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 (formerly

Available Credit

  • 9.25 Certificate of Attendance


There are no more spaces available for this course.

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Cost for this 1.5 Day Training:

Early Bird
(Until September 30)
Regular Registration
(October 1 - January 26)
Late Registration
(January 27 - February 21)

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  • 30 or more days prior to the event, requests for a full refund or a transfer without a fee will be granted.
  • Between 11 to 29 days prior to the event, requests for cancellations will be granted a 50% refund and requests for transfers will be granted, space permitting and subject to a transfer fee.
  • Within 10 days of the event start date, no requests for refunds or credits will be granted. At FTLF's discretion, late transfers may be granted, space permitting and subject to a transfer fee.

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