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Five-Star Works for Those Who Matter Most—Patients

Article summary

Transparency is reshaping healthcare and empowering consumers in ways many did not think possible just a decade ago. In the dialysis industry, we should do whatever we can to make it easier for patients to select providers based the quality of care they provide. With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System and the public Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), we can all get closer to what should matter to our patients—both in terms of clinical measures and patient satisfaction. Patients should have a choice—a choice in their physician, provider, location, modality and more. We all need to work with CMS to encourage patient choice around performance and quality. As an industry, we are all responsible for that education.

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Maribeth Sommer, RN, CNN

Maribeth Sommer, RN, CNN

Maribeth Sommer joined VillageHealth, the renal population health management division of DaVita Inc., in 2009 and leads clinical operations across all programs, including the development and management of clinical care management programs. From 2001 to 2009 Ms. Sommer served in various clinical leadership positions in the Northeast and nationally for DaVita. She was recognized in 2009 with the Chairman’s award for her contributions across DaVita. Ms. Sommer started her career in kidney care as facility administrator for Total Renal Care, DaVita’s predecessor company. Previously, she led clinical education for Everest Healthcare Services. She received her MBA from New York University.