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Superior Patient Clinical Outcomes Confirms DaVita's Leadership Position on Quality Dialysis Care
Date:7/7/2008

DaVita % Favorable

Performance Indicator DaVita National Average to the National

Average

Kt/V < 1.2 5% (1) 9% (2) 44% improvement

(lower is better)

Fistula In Use 50.0% (1) 48.5% (3) 3% improvement

Albumin < 3.5 g/dL 18% (1) 20% (2) 10% improvement

(lower is better)

Mortality 17.0% 18.6% (4) 8.6% improvement

(lower is better)

(1) DaVita Inc., Q1 2008;

(2) 2006 CMS Clinical Performance Measures Report (most recently published

data; results from 2005 calendar year);

(3) Fistula First National Vascular Access Improvement Initiative Website

(http://www.fistulafirst.org), results from December 2007.

(4) 2007 USRDS Annual Data Report (most recently reported data; results

from 2005 calendar year, Table J 16)

"An important part of measuring and tracking our clinical performance is through the DaVita Quality Index, or DQI," explained Dr. Allen Nissenson, DaVita Chief Medical Officer. "The DQI focuses on the performance of seven key clinical parameters, giving physicians a snapshot of how the patients in their clinics are performing. We have seen a clear correlation over the past five years of using the DQI that as overall DQI scores improve, overall mortality decreases."

"By focusing on clinical training and continuous quality improvement, we are able to partner with nephrologists," said Robertson. "As a doctor still in practice myself, I want my patients to feel their best and enjoy their lives. DaVita's tools and teammate training help me reach these goals."

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