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.
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.