CARROLL, Iowa -- A Carroll physician has agreed to a $1 million settlement to resolve federal False Claims Act allegations related to as many as 115 procedures he performed on Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries.
Investigators had reviewed claims for endoscopic sinus surgeries performed by Dr. Tracey Wellendorf, an otolaryngologist with a clinic in Carroll, between Oct. 13, 2014, and Nov. 27, 2015.
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged that submitted Medicaid claims were improper either because they did not meet the applicable medical necessity standard or were incorrectly coded for payment.
In addition to paying the settlement, Wellendorf must engage in enhanced compliance measures for the next three years.
Sioux City's first hospital, Samaritan Hospital, opened in 1884.
Hospital at 28th and Jennings streets
The hospital at 28th and Jennings streets was opened by the Sisters of Mercy in 1890.
St. Joseph Hospital
The first section of St. Joseph Mercy hospital at 21st and Court streets, erected in the fall of 1890 and purchased by the hospital after previous quarters at 28th and Jennings streets proved to be inadequate.
St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1890. The "Mercy" name would later be conferred to one of Sioux City's present-day hospitals, Mercy Medical Center.
St. John's Hospital
St. John's Hospital was founded in 1908 by Dr. William Jepson, who founded Sioux City's Samaritan Hospital more than 20 years earlier.
St. Vincent Hospital
In the early 1970s, St. Joseph and St. Vincent, a hospital operated by the Benedictine Sisters at 6th and Jennings streets in Sioux City, joined forces to begin the city's first hospital-based ambulance service. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 1979 for a new $28 million hospital adjacent to St. Vincent's, the present site of Mercy Medical Center.
Methodist and Lutheran hospitals consolidated and formed St. Luke's Hospital in 1966.
Lutheran hospital in Sioux City merged with St. Luke's.
St. Joseph demolition, 1968
Crews from J. Myron Olson begin razing the south portion of the original St. Joseph Mercy Hospital building at 21st Street and Ingleside Avenue.
Health Mercy Air Care
Mercy Air Care is shown in 2010 at its Sioux City helipad. The medical helicopter is based at what was then Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City, now MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center.
Crane moves MRI
Crews position a new MRI machine in the 2800 block of Pierce Street outside St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in 2012.
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's hospital came into existence in 1966, with the merger of Sioux City's Lutheran and Methodist hospitals.
Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City
The exterior of Mercy Medical Center--Sioux City is shown.