DaVita reaches settlement with states after anti-kickback probe involving kidney patients

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DENVER — Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners has reached a settlement with Colorado and four other states stemming from an anti-kickback investigation involving kidney patients.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1xzkelU ) the settlement with the states is related to an October announcement from the U.S. Justice Department that the company would pay $350 million and a $39 million fine to resolve a federal investigation.

Federal prosecutors say the company paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for dialysis patients that fueled profits.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the state will share $22 million with California, Florida, Kentucky and Ohio. Colorado's portion is $3 million.

DaVita operates about 2,100 dialysis clinics and has entered into about 300 ventures with doctors. The company treats about 170,000 patients in the United States at outpatient dialysis centers.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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