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Calendar Year 2018 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Coverage for Health Centers

06-Jun-2017
The purpose of this Program Assistance Letter (PAL) is to inform Health Center Program stakeholders of the process and requirements for the required application for deeming for calendar year (CY) 2018, highlighting updates to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming application requirements. This PAL supersedes Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2016-03, “Calendar Year 2017 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Coverage for Health Centers.” Health Centers seeking FTCA deeming must demonstrate to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Secretary’s designee for this purpose, that they have implemented policies meeting applicable requirements for risk management, claims management, quality improvement (QI)/quality assurance (QA), and credentialing and privileging. This PAL contains the instructions for health centers submitting: 1. an FTCA application requesting initial deeming; or 2. an annual FTCA redeeming application for deeming coverage for CY 2018 (January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018).