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Iowa doctor agrees to pay $1 million to settle surgery claims allegations

CARROLL, Iowa — An Iowa doctor has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that he performed medically unnecessary sinus surgeries.

The allegations against Dr. Tracey Wellendorf relate to claims for endoscopic sinus surgeries performed on up to 115 Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries. Authorities say the claims submitted for the procedures were improper because they didn’t meet the medical necessity standard or they were incorrectly coded for payment.

Wellendorf also has agreed to follow enhanced compliance measures for the next three years.

His main office is in Carroll.

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