Before Trial, James Hearing:
Have to wonder if the jury had seen much of what is on this site if the outcome would have been different. It seems Mr. Thiry managed to present himself as an upstanding citizen (there seem to be some doubts). So it seems DaVita can continue to collect employees like birds in gilded cages - or retaliate against wayward workers.
History - Prior Lawsuits:
DaVita Whistleblower David Barbetta’s Story (DaVita paid out $400 million)
"DaVita whistleblower David Barbetta alleged in a qui tam case that DaVita paid doctors hidden kickbacks as a way to get patient referrals for its dialysis clinics and to reduce or eliminate competition from other dialysis centers."
Davita HealthCare Partners Announce $495 Million Whistleblower Settlement
Besides wasting Venofer, an iron supplement, as pointed out previously this article points out Zemplar, a prescription Vitamin D supplement was also wasted. And this article also nicely summed up many of DaVita's lawsuits over the years: "In addition to the Vainer and Barbir case, DaVita has settled two additional whistleblower lawsuits, including a $55 million settlement in 2012 regarding double billing for the anemia drug Epogen, and $389 million in 2009 regarding kickbacks to kidney doctors for patient referrals. DaVita also paid $22 million to settle related claims throughout five states."
Death of Betty Allen
"Over the years, as the for-profit industry started to get involved in dialysis, there were big changes ... unlicensed technicians or uncertified technicians instead of nurses," Ferriter says. "It has become more impersonal. When you think about it, it's the same principle as an assembly line."