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DaVita Releases Top Clinical Priorities for 2009
Date:2/23/2009

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  • Vaccinations and infection control. In 2009 physician leaders will continue to protect DaVita patients and maintain better outcomes through increased vaccinations.
  • Hospitalizations - Through partnership with DaVita physicians, clinicians will work to reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations and re-hospitalization.
  • In 2008, DaVita and its partnering physicians led the nation in arteriorvenous (AV) fistula placement. More than 60 percent of all DaVita patients have a fistula in place. DaVita along with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) consider fistulas the optimal type of access for dialysis. Research studies show fistula patients have the fewest complications, such as infection or clotting, compared to all other access choices.

    In 2008, DaVita also set the benchmark for the management of bone and mineral disease associated with dialysis patients. Dr Nissenson states, "By obtaining tighter control of bone and mineral disease, our outcomes continued to improve, allowing our team to set the standard for care in this area."

    The message to physicians is not only to continue the Relentless Pursuit of Quality(TM), but to educate nephrologists on the systems DaVita has in place to provide the best possible outcomes for all patients.

    Dr. Nissenson says, "From our technicians to our clinicians and medical directors, we have a foundation of training, information and the tools needed to support our physician partners in this journey to shape the future of kidney care, with the partnerships developed with our physicians leaders, we will not only embrace but lead that journey."

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