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Clinical Outcomes

DaVita® was recognized with the Patient Safety Improvement Award by the Renal Physician Association (RPA) for the company's innovative CathAwayTM program. Each year, RPA acknowledges a pioneering initiative to improve the safety of patients with end stage renal disease. Read the full press release »

Patient care at DaVita® begins with consistent and positive clinical outcomes. For more than 13 years, DaVita’s physician partners and their clinical support teams have achieved outcomes that are the best or among the best in virtually every category, when compared to national averages:

  • DaVita leads large dialysis organizations in vaccination rates, day-90 catheter rates and fistula placements.
  • Together, we have improved DaVita’s outcomes 13 years in a row.
  • DaVita Rx℠ patients have medication adherence rates greater than 80%, almost double that of patients who fill their prescriptions elsewhere, and are correlated with 40% fewer hospitalizations.*
  • Patients with advanced CKD who are in a VillageHealth® integrated care management program generally experience slower progression to dialysis, more outpatient than inpatient dialysis starts, and a higher likelihood of having a fistula in place on the first day of dialysis.
  • 93% of patients are satisfied with the quality of care they receive at DaVita**
  • 97% of affiliated physicians say DaVita meets or exceeds their expectations as a clinical partner***

The DaVita Quality Index (DQI), a proprietary benchmarking tool that ranks individual facilities’ clinical performance against companywide results, has also shown 10 consecutive years of improvement. DQI provides a single, weighted, composite score that reflects performance on a range of patient outcomes. When DQI improves, it generally translates into longer life, reduced infection rates and avoided hospitalizations for our patients.

DaVita’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) maintains a two-way dialogue with the physicians and clinical caregivers who make these results a reality. Our aim is to improve patients’ length and quality of life through continuous care innovation.

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* Data is correlated based on a two-year study: National Retailers sample (198), Independents sample (83) and Rx sample (42). Results statistically significant at the p>.01 level.
** 2011 DaVita patient satisfaction survey
*** 2009 DaVita physician satisfaction survey


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