NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In a direct comparison among large dialysis organizations (LDOs), the 2012 United States Renal Data System (USRDS) report found, “By unit affiliation among the LDOs, DCI [Dialysis Clinic, Inc.] continues to have the lowest ratios for both hospitalization and mortality.” The USRDS is the Federal registry of kidney patients and treatment.
The USRDS report also found, “DCI continues to have the lowest SHR (Standard Hospitalization Ratio)—in 2010 10 percent lower than those of the other LDOs.”
USRDS data show DCI, the largest nonprofit dialysis provider, to be the only national provider consistently to have mortality and hospitalization ratios below the national average for the last 10 years.
“We greatly appreciate all that our medical directors and employees do to improve care for our patients. It is because of their daily efforts to improve care for our patients that we have been able to keep more dialysis patients alive and keep them out of the hospital,” Dr. Doug Johnson, vice chair for DCI said. “We realize that there is much to be done to improve care for patients with kidney disease. In the next year we plan to expand our efforts to provide early education to patients with chronic kidney disease so that they can be better empowered to make the best decision as their kidney disease progresses. Our ultimate goal is that fewer patients will require dialysis treatment. If a patient does start dialysis, we plan to expand our efforts to better coordinate care for patients with kidney disease, partnering with local nephrologists, hospitals and access surgeons. We look forward to sharing our results as we look at ways to continue to improve care for patients with kidney disease.”
Founded in 1971, Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) is the nation’s largest nonprofit dialysis provider, with more than 200 outpatient dialysis clinics in 27 states. Headquartered in Nashville , DCI employs more than 5,000 people, who serve more than 13,500 patients. DCI’s services include in-center hemodialysis, in-center self-care hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), and Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD). DCI also provides dialysis in hospitals throughout the United States.