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New Data Shows DaVita Facilities Lead Virginia in Improving Kidney Patient Care
Date:9/15/2009

DENVER, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), has been recognized in the state of Virginia for reaching the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network's patient quality improvement goal. DaVita(R) strives to maximize the well-being and health of dialysis patients in Virginia by promoting increased use of fistulas, thereby minimizing the risk of complications.

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The Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative - or the National Vascular Access Improvement Initiative - is a nationwide campaign to increase the use of arterial venous fistulas (AVFs) in dialysis patients, which are believed to reduce infections and improve clinical outcomes. The Fistula First initiative was launched July 1, 2003, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the 18 ESRD Networks and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

ESRD Network 5 monitors dialysis facilities in Virginia and recently recognized those clinics that have reached or are nearing a target fistula usage rate of 50 percent or greater, directionally consistent with nationwide goals of improving outcomes for ESRD patients.

Newly released data shows that DaVita represents 53 percent of all facilities achieving a target fistula usage rate of 50 percent or greater in the state of Virginia. The next best provider represented 34 percent of the recognized facilities - meaning DaVita has 65 percent more facilities that have achieved the target fistula usage rate. Additionally, the DaVita Front
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