- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DENVER (AP) - DaVita HealthCare Partners says it will pay $389 million to settle criminal and civil investigations over kidney patients.

The company said Tuesday it also plans to end joint ventures with kidney doctors involving 28 dialysis clinics.

According to the Denver Post (https://tinyurl.com/lokr5wb), investigators have been trying to determine whether DaVita arranged a joint venture with a group of Denver kidney doctors in order to bring more dialysis patients into DaVita clinics.

DaVita CEO Kent Thiry says the company has agreed to a framework for settling federal investigations and officials hope to make it final in coming months.

Denver-based DaVita runs about 1,800 outpatient dialysis centers nationwide.

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

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