||USRDS 2016 Annual Data Report Now Available
The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Annual Data Report has been released, covering from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014.
In Volume 2, Chapter 10, Tables 10.1-10.4 contain the all-cause standardized mortality ratios (SMR) and all-cause standardized hospitalization ratios (SHR).
For 2014, of the three largest dialysis organizations, DCI had the lowest SMR in 2014 at 0.92, compared with DaVita's 1.02 and Fresenius Medical Care's 0.98.
Editor's note: For the 14th year in a row, DCI, the only non-profit large dialysis provider, has the lowest standard mortality and hospitalization ratios in the country. For the second consecutive year, DaVita had among the worst standardized mortality ratios, as well as the worst standardized hospitalization ratio in the U.S. dialysis industry.
DaVita has been placing a huge emphasis on improving its employees' lives, as shown in this recent article on DaVita's culture (which does not even mention the word "patient").
For patients being shepherded into short-time, in-center hemodialysis treatments, perhaps DaVita is better described as "DaMorta."
It is time to U.S. nephrologists to address the fact that while a for-profit, junk-bond-financed dialysis care system generously funds their professional organizations and makes many nephrologists wealthy, it has also been killing and harming patients unnecessarily for decades.
The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Junk-Bond Nephrology is being held this week in Chicago. What one sees after taking two steps into the exhibit hall will justify this name.