How does the Federal Tort Claims Act and the processing of federal malpractice claims involve healthcare organizations?
The Federal Tort Claims Act enable the federal government to act as a self-insurer, and recognizes liability for the negligent or wrongful acts or omissions of its employees acting within the scope of their official duties. The United States is liable to the same extent an individual would be in like circumstances. The statute substitutes the United States as the defendant in such a suit and the US- not the individual employee bears any resulting liability. Individuals who are injured and whose property is damaged by wrongful or negligent act of federal employee acting in the scope of his or her official duties may file a claim with the government for reimbursement for that injury or damage. The claimant must demonstrate that 1) he was injured or his property was damaged by federal government employee; 2) the employee was acting within the scope of his official ...
The concept of the Federal Tort Claims Acts is explained in detail.