Annual FTCA Forum (In-Person)

Tempe, AZ US
May 11, 2022 to May 12, 2022

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: 
  • 10.75 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/11/2022 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/12/2022 - 4:00pm EDT


Tempe, AZ
Wednesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 12, 2022
*Agenda times are all MST*

Day 1

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
8:30 am - 9:00 amBreakfast and Registration
9:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome and Overview
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Immunity (FSHCAA)
In this session, we dig deep into the maze of rules and regulations regarding immunity and the principles of coverage.
10:45 am - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am - 12:30 pmCurrent Issues and FTCA, including COVID-19 Response and Telehealth
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
(Conference Dining Room)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
FTCA Deeming Application
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.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 3:45 pmFTCA Claims Process
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmWrap-Up and Q&A

Day 2

Thursday, May 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST
8:30 am - 9:00 amBreakfast and Networking
9:00 am - 9:15 amQuestions from Day One
9:15 am - 10:15 amFTCA Case Law
10:15 am - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am - 12:00 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 session, we will review the most important cases and their implications for your health center.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(Conference Dining Room)
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 will study the site visit protocol and how HRSA is currently implementing it. Recommendations on working with and/or surviving FTCA site visit reviewers will be explored.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmVolunteers and the FTCA
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmWrap-Up and Q&A
Tempe Mission Palms
60 E 5th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
United States

FTLF has negotiated the discount rate of $235 per night. You can make your reservations by clicking here. The discounted rate expires April 19, 2022. FTLF cannot guarantee the availability of a hotel room after the April 19 cut-off date or after the specially rated FTLF block has been filled. 

  • Free transportation to/from Skyharbor International Airport
  • Complimentary wireless internet in your room
  • Local and toll-free telephone calls
  • Incoming fax service
  • Daily newspaper
  • In-room coffee service
  • Complimentary valet or self-parking at the hotel
  • Complimentary access to the hotel fitness center
  • Extended group room rate, good for two nights prior to and after our training, should you wish to extend your stay (based upon availability)

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF) is the leader in health center law and FTCA training from a legal perspective and has led trainings across the country for health centers of all sizes. Together, this FTCA team has advised and counseled hundreds of health centers on the day-to-day FTCA-related issues that arise for health centers.


Marty has dedicated his entire career to serving the needs of health centers both inside government and out. From 1998 through 2004, Marty directed the Health Center Federal Tort Claims Act medical malpractice program, writing much of the policy that is in effect today. Marty Bree has more than thirty years of experience working with health centers and the FTCA Program. [Full Bio]


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 12.40 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; and 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

  • 10.75 Certificate of Attendance


There are no more spaces available for this course.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

FTLF is committed to the health and safety of attendees during the Annual FTCA Forum in Tempe, Arizona.

Vaccinations and boosters are highly encouraged for all participants, and face masks covering the nose and mouth will be required to be worn throughout the event. Attendees should maintain distance from others and frequently wash hands. Masks will be available for those who need them, and antibacterial hand sanitizers will be provided to all attendees.

FTLF is actively monitoring guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local governments and may make adjustments to align with any updated recommendations.


Part of Hyatt Hotels, our host property, the Tempe Mission Palms, prioritizes guest safety and follows CDC guidance regarding the use of masks indoors. More information on hotel policies can be found here


This training will not be recorded for later viewing, as we would like attendees to be comfortable and candid, sharing their experiences and asking scenario-based questions. The discourse between the attorneys and participants is a valued part of each training.

Registration Fees:

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(Through February 15)
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(February 16-May 10)

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy

All cancellation or transfer requests must be received in writing at Requests for refunds or transfers for in-person events will be granted according to the following schedule:

  • 30 or more days prior to the event, requests for a full refund or a transfer, minus a $75 administrative 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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Yes, you can transfer from attending in-person to virtually.  Please note that no refunds of the price difference, if any, will be given.  All transfer requests must be submitted in writing.

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