It sounds like the plot of a movie or TV series. Actually, it was an Anderson Cooper story on CNN. It's still too soon to tell how the Denver-based company will respond to this crisis. But so far, it seems to be as up-front as it can be given the sensitive legalities.
DaVita is Italian for "giving life," and is English for a Fortune 500 company that is a "leading provider of kidney care in
CEO Kent Thiry makes an estimated $15 million a year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which makes him the highest paid CEO in Colorado. DaVita recently moved into a brand new $101 million office tower, complete with fountains, gardens, and a suspended ski gondola inside for private meetings. There's no knocking a company for being successful. But in this case, more than two-thirds of DaVita's revenue comes from Medicare and Medicaid payments -- in other words, from taxpayers. That in itself can lead to greater scrutiny.
It would be easy for DaVita to hide behind "We can't comment on pending litigation," but through its attorney, DaVita seems transparent under the circumstances.