For the sec­ond year in a row, the na­tion’s top two kid­ney-care providers per­formed at sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent qual­ity lev­els, ac­cord­ing to CMS data.

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DaVita HealthCare Part­ners beat out com­peti­tor Fre­se­nius Med­i­cal Care in the agency’s four- and five-star rat­ing cat­e­gories. A to­tal of 5,841 dial­y­sis fa­cil­i­ties re­ceived a star rat­ing from the CMS, 261 more fa­cil­i­ties than in the pre­vi­ous re­port, ac­cord­ing to a Mod­ern Healthcare anal­y­sis of the newly re­leased data. Of the 586 top per­form­ers in the five-star cat­e­gory, DaVita owned 202 fa­cil­i­ties, while Fre­se­nius owned 110. On the low end of the rat­ing scale, Fre­se­nius owned 279 fa­cil­i­ties among the 575 providers in the one-star cat­e­gory, com­pared with DaVita, which owned 38.

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