|[March 30, 2012]
DaVita's Mark Shapiro Featured at National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services that is
committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with
chronic kidney disease (CKD), today announced that Dr. Mark Shapiro
spoke at the first-ever National Home Dialysis Summit in Washington,
D.C., on Thursday.
The summit, sponsored by a wide variety of stakeholders including DaVita
and hosted by honorary congressional co-chairs Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim
McDermott (D-Wash.) and Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.), included four panel
Education, Training and Implementation Challenges;
The Impact of the National Reimbursement System;
Quality Measures and Initiatives; and
The Innovation Environment.
Shapiro, DaVita's national peritoneal dialysis advisor, shared data
demonstrating that limited use of home hemodialysis and peritoneal
dialysis options is largely a cultural phenomenon rather than the result
of careful clinical decision-making. In the U.S., less than 10 percent
of dialsis patients use these home options.
"Overall, patients on home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
generally have better clinical outcomes and a better quality of life,"
Shapiro said. "We have to do a better job of educating doctors about
these options, improving the therapies and considering new techniques to
introduce patients to these options early."
According to Shapiro, DaVita is investing in its home therapy programs
across the country to support better clinical outcomes and to help
patients maximize their quality of life through more flexible treatments.
"Even some patients who end up in the hospital for kidney failure can be
started on peritoneal dialysis right away rather than in-center
hemodialysis," Shapiro said. "At DaVita, we're developing new treatment
strategies to help ensure that every patient - even those who come to us
through an acute visit to the hospital - gets to choose the best
dialysis option for them."
The National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy took place March 29, 2012,
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in
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DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney
care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with
chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita strives to
improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by
offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and
convenient health-management services. As of Dec. 31, 2011, DaVita
operated or provided administrative services at 1,809 dialysis
facilities in the United States, serving approximately 142,000 patients.
The company also operated 11 outpatient dialysis centers located in
three countries outside the United States. DaVita supports numerous
programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in
communities around the world. The company's leadership development
initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by
Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information,
please visit www.davita.com.
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