- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say New York City will pay $4.3 million to settle claims that its fire department improperly received reimbursement from Medicare for ambulance calls that didn’t meet the federal requirement for medical necessity.

The settlement was announced Thursday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.

Prosecutors say the FDNY submitted the claims from 2008 to 2012. During that period it was reimbursed by Medicare for tens of thousands of cases in which someone received emergency ambulance care even though the situation didn’t meet the federal requirement.

A spokesman for the city’s law department said city officials informed the U.S. attorney’s office of the issue in 2012. He says the fire department has revamped its policies to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

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