(updated 2022)


(Click the image for information on finding a living donor, home dialysis, and other info)

The following video and articles highlight what happens when a CEO can't tell the difference between a Taco Bell and a dialysis clinic (that observation was made by the comedian John Oliver):

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dialysis: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The link provided below brings up a quick 24 minute video which provides an excellent introduction to the goings-on and history of kidney dialysis through the anesthesia of humor.  Kent Thiry and Davita play a prominent role in this clip about an area of healthcare that has been on the forefront of bad medicine.  It led one commentator to state: "We are paying the most to get the least." That seems to be American healthcare in a nutshell.":


                                                                                             Credit: John Oliver on Youtube

John Oliver and dialysis on Youtube


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Strangest Show on Earth!

Former CEO Kent Thiry liked to call Davita a "Village" where he was the mayor.  But was it as Dr. Peter Laird of Lancaster CA called it: “the Village of the Damned”?  This hard-hitting article by Luc Hatlestad might help you decide:


                                                                                                                        credit: Eddie Guy and 5280 magazine

The Strangest Show on Earth!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lawsuits

From paying doctors kickbacks to endangering patients' lives with the drug epogen, Davita has spent quite a bit of time in court justifying their unethical pursuit of profit - and paying out some good sized settlements:


                                                                                   credit: unsplash.com

Lawsuits

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Questions for Kent Thiry

Here are 12 questions many would like to see former Davita CEO Kent Thiry answer.  They were put together in 2017 - they haven't been answered in all this time.  I'm sure he has just been busy.


                                                                                                                              Credit: freepik.com

12 Questions for Kent Thiry

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

These Pictures Should be Worth 2000+ Words

(plus a bonus)

If a picture is worth a 1000 words the link below should take you to a couple of graphs that will tell you a WHOLE lot about how our for-profit dialysis companies not only stack up against a country like Italy, but also a nonprofit dialysis company like DCI Inc..  Maybe it is just something about the water in Italy (or wine) - harder to explain DCI. 

It's notable to mention these graphs were handed to Colorado Governor Jared Polis during a bill signing ceremony for the renewal of a state bill for the certification of kidney dialysis technicians.

 

For-Profit Dialysis vs Italy and a Nonprofit
and
Bonus: Colorado state bill

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rivals wary of dialysis giant DaVita's aggressive business style

This article highlights the difficulties some doctors and staff had in dealing with DaVita. Just a couple of quotes:

""There were numerous reasons we didn't want to continue our relationship with DaVita — one was that we didn't care for the way they cared for patients," said Dr. Michael Anger, one of the Western Nephrology physicians."

"Pikes Peak doctors say DaVita's "cost-cutting measures and administrative bureaucracy" were taking precedence over patient care. The doctors say they were concerned about the centers' staff's overuse of the anti-anemia drug Epogen, plus poor wages and working conditions for nurses."

With the complications of non-compete and no-poach agreements DaVita has tried to enforce (mentioned in this story), it is no wonder the Stark Law was passed in 1988 (it would have barred a doctor from referring a clinic the doctor has a financial interest in).  Unfortunately kidney dialysis got an exemption to this law and the results are seen here.


                                                                                       Credit: Denver Post

Davita's Aggressive Business Style

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dialysis Treatment - A Punch in the Kidneys

The anti-anemia drug Epogen has been mentioned a couple of times on this webpage.  Why is there such concern about it's overuse?  Part of what the article linked to here mentions is why so many people were up in arms about it, quote:

"Unlike not-for-profit dialysis centers, which reduced doses of the anemia drug Epogen after they reached recommended hematocrit levels, for-profit centers continued to increase doses, sometimes to three times that of non-profit centers."  "Why is this important? High doses of Epogen and similar drugs can lead to increased risk for death, strokes and heart attacks in kidney dialysis patients, which is why the FDA following the study issued a black box warning to advise doctors that they should use only the lowest dose necessary."


                                credit: whatifpost.com

A Punch to the Kidneys

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Kent Thiry Meets The Judge (February - April 2022)

In February of 2022 Kent Thiry and DaVita went to court to face three counts of conspiracy charges concerning restraint of trade to allocate employees (labor market collusion).


                                                                                                                      Credit: Getty Images

Articles covering the Hearings and Trial

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dialysis

High Costs and Hidden Perils of a Treatment Guaranteed to All

This series of articles by the online news organization ProPublica goes in-depth into the workings (or non-workings) of kidney dialysis. 

Propublica became the first online news source to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. Since then ProPublica has partnered with more than 90 different news organizations and has won six more Pulitzer Prizes.

                                                                                                                                              Credit: ProPublica

ProPublica Exposé

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Link to information on finding a living donor, home dialysis, and other info