A Sioux Center chiropractic clinic, Sioux Center Chiropractic Wellness Center, P.C., and the two chiropractors who operate the clinic – Tyler and Tiffany Armstrong – have agreed to pay $30,418 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicaid for the treatment of conditions for which payment is not allowed, including constipation and ear infections. The settlement agreement resolves allegations related to the treatment of Medicaid beneficiaries seven and under from April 2014 to July 2019. The claims settled by the agreement are allegations only; there has been no admission or judicial determination of liability.
The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jacob Schunk and Melissa Carrington. The allegations resolved by the settlement arose from an investigation led by the State of Iowa’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. False Claims Act cases also arise under the qui tam, or whistleblower provisions, of the False Claims Act. Under those provisions, a private party may file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in any recovery.
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