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DaVita Abstracts Accepted Into National Kidney Foundation's 2009 Spring Symposium

Thirteen Abstracts Will Be Featured at Annual Kidney Care Meeting

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disease (CKD), in conjunction with DaVita Clinical Research(R), today announced that company representatives will present thirteen abstracts at the National Kidney Foundation's 2009 Spring Clinical Meetings scheduled for March 25-29, 2009 in Nashville, TN. The meeting is a platform for the nation's leading renal health care providers to learn about new developments in the field of nephrology and CKD care.


Allen R. Nissenson MD, Chief Medical Officer at DaVita says, "DaVita is continuing to lead the renal community in generating important new knowledge to improve the outcomes for patients with kidney disease. This commitment to high quality clinical research is clearly evident in the thirteen abstracts being presented at the National Kidney Foundation meeting this year."

DaVita's top ten clinical initiatives for 2009 include: striving for reduction of first-year mortality rates and reducing catheter use. At this year's National Kidney Foundation Clinical Meeting, DaVita will focus on several key research initiatives in the areas of CKD, new incident dialysis patients, and integrated pharmacy management. Highlights from these scheduled presentations will include:

  • Improved Results in CKD Management: Recent data reveals superior outcomes in the areas of CKD and mortality, anemia, incident patient management and phosphorus and coronary artery calcification. DaVita researchers note a nearly 50 percent drop in one-year mortality in Detroit area, DaVita-managed CKD clinics compared to Renal Network 11 (12.8% vs. 22.6%);
  • Advances in Streamlining the Patient Onboarding Process: Data on DaVita's IMPACT(TM) (Incident Management of Patients, Actions Centered on Treatment) program - a pilot project implemented in 44 DaVita centers around the nation focusing on patient education and important clinical outcomes - demonstrates how this comprehensive approach reduces mortality of incident patients. Results showed a reduction in 90-day mortality nearly two percentage points lower (6.14% vs. 7.98%) among IMPACT versus nonIMPACT patients; and
  • Integrated Pharmacy Management Impacts Clinical Outcomes: DaVita Rx(sm) pharmacy program removes common access barriers for patients, such as transportation and access to the medications they require. Researchers observed significantly improved clinical outcomes in DaVita Rx patients compared to non-DaVita Rx patients.

In addition to DaVita's research initiatives on CKD, IMPACT and DaVita Rx, the following is a complete list of abstracts scheduled for presentation:

      -- Title:  First Year Dialysis Mortality in Patients Previously Enrolled
         in a Structured Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program
         Authors:  Joel M. Topf(1), Robert Provenzano(2), Steve Wilson(3),
         Ajay Chokshi(3) and Amy Bogan(3)

         (1)St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan,(2)Office of
         the Chief Medical Officer, DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA, (3)DaVita
         Inc., El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Analysis of Potassium Profiles Among Hemodialysis (HD)
         Authors:  John Robertson, Debbie Benner, Ronald Levine
         DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Day-To Day, Week-To-Week, and Day-Of-Week Variation in Tests
         of Anemia and Iron Status in Hemodialysis Patients
         Authors:  David B. Van Wyck(1), Harry Alcorn(1), Resmi Gupta(2)

         (1)DaVita, Inc., El Segundo, CA, (2)Vital Systems, Inc.,

      -- Title:  Benefit of Using Visual Teaching Tools for Phosphorus Control
         in Hemodialysis Unit
         Authors:  Carol Allen
         DaVita Inc., Selma, CA

      -- Title:  Binder Consumption as a Function of Time: A Linear Model for
         Lowering Elevated Phosphorus Levels by Improving Binder Timing
         Authors:  Mark A. Livingston
         DaVita Inc., Warren, MI

      -- Title:  Mortality of 5-Year Time-Averaged Low Serum Calcium <8.5
         mg/dL in Subgroups of Hemodialysis (HD) Patients
         Authors:  Jessica E Miller(1), Elani Streja(1), Csaba P Kovesdy(2),
         David Van Wyck(3), Allen R. Nissenson(3), and Kamyar Kalantar-

         (1)Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research and
         Epidemiology, LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, CA; (2)Salem VA
         Medical Center, Salem, VA; and (3)DaVita Inc, El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Association of Serum Alkaline Phosphatase and Coronary Artery
         Calcification in Hemodialysis Patients
         Authors:  Ronney Shantouf(1), Mehdi Rambod(1), Csaba P Kovesdy(2),
         Naser Ahmadi(1), Allen R. Nissenson(3), Matthew J Budoff(1), and
         Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh(1)

         (1)Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research and
         Epidemiology, LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, CA; (2)Salem VA
         Medical Center, Salem, VA; and (3)DaVita Inc, El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Mortality-Predictability of Weight Gain vs Weight Loss Over 6
         Months in Maintenance Hemodialysis (MHD) Patients
         Authors:  Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh(1), Elani Streja(1), Csaba P
         Kovesdy(2), Allen R. Nissenson(3), and Joel D Kopple(1)

         (1)Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research and
         Epidemiology, LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, CA; (2)Salem VA
         Medical Center, Salem, VA; (3)DaVita Inc, El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Improved Outcomes Post Enrollment in High Touch, Tailored
         Pharmacy--Meeting the Patients' Need
         Authors:  Maricela Lara-Nevarez(1), Meredith Mathews(1), Chad

         (1)DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA (2)Dialysis Patient Citizens,
         Washington, DC

      -- Title:  Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of US Pediatric
         Dialysis Patients at A Large Dialysis Provider
         Authors:  Allen R. Nissenson, Joe Weldon, and Joan Fieldhouse
         DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Incident Management of Hemodialysis Patients: Managing the
         First 90 Days
         Authors:  John Robertson, Pooja Goel, Grace Chen, Ronald Levine,
         Debbie Benner, and Amy Burdan
         DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Body Mass Index (BMI) and Survival in Polycystic Kidney
         Disease (PKD) Hemodialysis (HD) Patients
         Authors:  Elani Streja(1), Csaba P Kovesdy(2), Jenni Jing(1), Allen
         R. Nissenson(3), and Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh(1)

         (1)Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research and
         Epidemiology, LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, CA; (2)Salem VA
         Medical Center, Salem, VA; (3)DaVita Inc., El Segundo, CA

      -- Title:  Comparing Death Risk of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
         Hemodialysis (HD) Patients to Non-PKD HD Patients
         Authors:  Elani Streja(1), Allen R. Nissenson(3), David VanWyck(3),
         Csaba P Kovesdy(2), and Kamyar Kalantar- Zadeh(1)

         (1)Harold Simmons Center & Cardiology, LABioMed at Harbor-UCLA,
         Torrance, CA; (2)Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, VA; (3)DaVita Inc.,
         El Segundo, CA

DaVita, IMPACT and DaVita Rx are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About DaVita Inc.

DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500(R) company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, providing dialysis services and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita manages more than 1,400 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 110,000 patients. As part of DaVita's commitment to building a healthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For more information about DaVita, its kidney education materials and its community programs, please visit

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