Staff at community health centers (CHCs) and federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) need to be ready for anything, which often means additional — and evolving — compliance training requirements.
Above and beyond the standard required training (think OSHA, HIPAA, etc.), designated CHCs must also adhere to requirements of the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
New FTCA Training Requirements
Starting with the CY 2024 deeming application, additional training is required in the areas of obstetrics, infection control, HIPAA, and other areas of high risk.
All FQHC staff that are deemed employees of the Public Health Service and have a limited waiver of the government’s immunity from medical malpractice claims must comply with the new training requirements. Learn more about the FTCA.
MedTrainer Courses That Meet FTCA Training Requirements
Working quickly, the MedTrainer Learning team released approved training courses to meet these new requirements. Within the Learning platform, it is easy to search by regulatory body or topic.
Obstetrics Risk Assessment
FQHCs must ensure staff who have contact with reproductive-age patients receive obstetrics (OB) training, even if the center doesn’t offer obstetrical services. This training must be included in the health center’s risk management training plan.
All required OB training must be specific to the provider’s discipline. There may be some flexibility provided for staff who don’t provide direct patient services.
This course is available to meet this requirement through MedTrainer: “Risk Management for Women of Reproductive Age.” Another option is “Overview of Sexual and Reproductive Health,” which provides a higher level overview of the importance of tailored care for this population.
Infection Control and HIPAA
The FTCA (along with HRSA and OSHA) requires training in infection control, hand hygiene, and vaccinations for adults. MedTrainer offers the following courses that satisfy those requirements:
- Infection Control and Prevention (in multiple care settings)
- Hand Hygiene
- Vaccinations for Adults
FTCA compliance also requires training in HIPAA and MedTrainer offers more than 20 courses covering topics ranging from privacy and security to the breach notification rule and social media. Browse MedTrainer’s course library.
Why Use an LMS for FTCA Training
Here are some of the benefits of using a Learning Management System (LMS) for FTCA training:
Automatic tracking and reporting: During a HRSA operational site visit, it is simple to share a real-time report with the inspector showing staff who completed required training.
Automated reminder emails: Ensure all employees complete the required FTCA training with automated email reminders that continue until assigned training is finished.
Assign courses in bulk: Using an LMS, such as MedTrainer, it is easy to assign courses to groups of employees by role so you can ensure everyone gets training based on their discipline.
FTCA Credentialing and Privileging Changes
There are also updates to FTCA requirements around credentialing and privileging. These are a result of high non-compliance in CY 2022 re-deeming applications.
- Staff lists must now contain a privileging date (which can be the same as the credentialing date)
- Privileging must be completed at a minimum of every two years
- Temporary privileges are limited to circumstances where there is a declared disaster or emergency