The depletion of the Medicare Trust Fund has been the subject of significant scrutiny in recent years; fraudulent & abusive practices have raised concerns about program vulnerabilities. The Health Care Finance Admin. (HCFA), which administers the Medicare program, is required to ensure that debts owed the program are paid. Rather than collect the entire debt, however, HCFA often enters into settlement agreements with providers & accepts less than the full amount owed. This report examines the application of the Federal Claims Collection Act to HCFA's settlement of overpayment matters & develops case studies of settlements that may have been improper.Hastings, Robert H. is the author of 'Hcfa Three Largest Medicare Overpayment Settlements Were Improper' with ISBN 9780756704834 and ISBN 0756704839.