DaVita, El Segundo, Calif., said the civil division of the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia has closed a nearly 6-year-long investigation of the company without taking action. DaVita announced in February 2001 that the office asked to review its billing procedures and financial relationships with physicians; the company received a subpoena in May 2002. "We are pleased that the government, after a lengthy and thorough review, has decided to close this broad investigation into our business practices," Kent Thiry, DaVita's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a news release. The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment on the matter. DaVita provides services at kidney dialysis centers and home peritoneal dialysis programs in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The company said it operated or managed 1,300 outpatient facilities as of Dec. 31, 2006. -- by Jessica Zigmond
DaVita says U.S. ends civil probe
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