BOSTON — Mercy Orthopaedics is paying a $10-million fine and is working to ensure its practices adhere to federal guidelines for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday the Massachusetts-based company failed to make “adequate disclosures” in a lawsuit alleging it withheld vital information from patients for years and lied about the quality of care.
A review of federal court records shows the $1.4 million fine is part of a settlement that was reached in March.
The settlement was reached by former Mercy orthopaedic surgeon Daniel O’Donnell and the American Academy of Orthopors.
O’Donnell, who is still employed with the company, said in a statement that he has been vindicated.
He added that the company “will continue to strive to be the best for our patients and their families.”
In addition to the $10,000 fine, the company also agreed to work with federal regulators to ensure all its procedures comply with the latest standards for spinal cord injury care, the CMS said.
The company said it plans to spend $3 million to hire a compliance officer.
Oral surgery is a relatively new field that was largely unknown until this year, when spinal cord surgeries were widely touted as a cure for everything from chronic pain to chronic fatigue.