This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to our 2008 and 2009 operating results and our 2009 expected effective tax rate. Factors which could impact future results include the uncertainties associated with governmental regulations, general economic and other market conditions, competition, accounting estimates and the risk factors set forth in the Company's SEC filings, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. The forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these risks and uncertainties.
These risks and uncertainties include those relating to:
-- the concentration of profits generated from commercial payor plans,
-- continued downward pressure on average realized payment rates from commercial payors, which may result in the loss of revenue or patients,
-- a reduction in the number of patients under higher-paying commercial plans,
-- changes in government payment rates or the structure of payments under the Medicare ESRD Program may result in lower reimbursement for services we provide to Medicare patients and could have a material impact on our overall profitability,
-- changes in pharmaceutical or anemia management practice patterns, payment policies, or pharmaceutical pricing,
-- our ability to maintain contracts with physician medical directors,
-- legal compliance risks, including our continued compliance with
complex government regulations and compliance with the corporate integrity
agreement applicable to the dialysis centers acquired from Gambro
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