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Posted: Sep 30, 2015

Mystery ambulance rides cost Medicare $30M: auditors

Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information. The mystery ambulance rides are part of a bigger problem with Medicare payments for transporting patients, according to a federal audit being released Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbs news
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Posted: Sep 30, 2015

New Jersey fire union questions rising ambulance costs, mayor's ethics

The chest pains started not long after firefighter Joe Dipple arrived at the scene. Laden with gear, fully exerted as he walked past the burning home, he suddenly couldn't carry a ladder through the 10 inches of snow on that afternoon in February 2014. Sit down, another firefighter told him. You're going into an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com
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Posted: Sep 30, 2015

Urban explorers, trespassers may face steep rescue fines in Minneapolis

Urban explorers who may need complicated rescues will now have to pay a hefty fine for the service. In response to recent deaths and injuries due to falls in restricted spaces — including one in Southeast Como’s abandoned Bunge grain elevator near the University of Minnesota — the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday that gives the city the authority to charge rescue fees to trespassers.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Daily
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Posted: Sep 29, 2015

New Jersey firefighter says hair regulations are gender discrimination

A firefighter who is fighting a department policy that he said would force him to cut off his ponytail took his case directly to City Council, claiming gender discrimination. Timothy Gay, an Elmira Street resident and one of the few members of the department who actually lives and pays taxes in the city, said the policy was directed at him, as he is the only male member of the department with long hair.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: press of atlantic city
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Posted: Sep 29, 2015

Pennsylvania firefighters cited during fundraiser

If Shickshinny state troopers were likened to a Christmas character over the weekend, Scrooge would be a good description, according to Holly Morris. Morris, secretary of the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Department, said several fire fighters had gathered at the intersection of Routes 11 and 239 on Saturday to collect money during their annual “boot drop” collection, the fire department’s major fundraiser of the year, when they were approached by state Trooper Steve Steransky, Jr.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: times leader
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