As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
The Indian Health Service’s Risk Management Program is coordinated by the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services. You can reach a live individual below to discuss a risk management issue or to get answers about the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Paul R. Fowler, D.O., J.D., F.C.L.M., F.A.A.F.P., F.A.O.C.O.P.M.
Risk Management Program Director
Phone: (301) 443-6372
EY Hooper, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Risk Manager
Phone: (602) 364-7750
Malpractice Claims, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Because the Indian Health Service is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a medical malpractice claim against IHS is defended by HHS. At the Department, Federal Tort Claims Act claims are referred to the Office of General Counsel—specifically:
Office of General Counsel/General Law Division
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street S.W.
Switzer Building, Suite 2600
Washington, D.C. 20201
Phone: (202) 619-2155