SIOUX CENTER—A chiropractic business in Sioux Center has gotten in trouble with the federal government.
The Sioux Center Chiropractic Wellness Clinic and the two chiropractors who operate the business — Tyler and Tiffany Armstrong of Sioux Center — 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 7 and younger April 2014-July 2019.
The claims settled by the agreement are allegations only; there has been no admission or judicial determination of liability, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa based in Sioux City.
“It was a business matter that’s been resolved and we’re happy to have it behind us,” Tyler Armstrong said.
The allegations resolved by the settlement arose from an investigation led by the state of Iowa’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The case was handled by assistant U.S. attorneys Jacob Schunk and Melissa Carrington.
False Claims Act cases also arise under the whistleblower provisions of the federal law.
Under those provisions, a private party may file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in any recovery.