Heritage California ACO and Fresenius Medical Care Partner to Improve Health of End Stage Renal Disease Patients in Southern

  Heritage California ACO and Fresenius Medical Care Partner to Improve Health
  of End Stage Renal Disease Patients in Southern California

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. & WALTHAM, Mass. -- April 8, 2013

Heritage California ACO (HCACO), a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and
affiliate of Heritage Provider Network, and Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE:
FMS), North America’s largest provider of kidney care services, announced an
agreement today to provide integrated health care management for HCACO’s
patients who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The agreement supports a
population health program that allows Fresenius Medical Care to work with
HCACO in managing the overall health and coordination of care of these HCACO
beneficiaries, with the goal of improving their health outcomes and reducing
their total cost of care.

This population health program is modeled on the successful five-year
demonstration project that Fresenius Health Partners, a subsidiary of
Fresenius Medical Care, conducted with Medicare beneficiaries on dialysis.
Concluded in December, 2010 with the United States Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS), patients in the program experienced overall
improvement in clinical measures including a 24 percent reduction in the rate
of mortality and a 20 percent reduction in overall hospitalizations compared
to nationally established benchmarks. The project also resulted in health care
costs 12 percent below the Medicare Advantage and 4 percent below the Medicare
fee-for-service nationally established benchmarks for this population.

”Heritage Provider Network has a long history of providing high-quality,
cost-effective coordinated care for large populations,” said Dr. Richard
Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage. “We are excited to be partnering with
Fresenius Medical Care, the largest dialysis company in the world, to prove
that through coordinating care we can improve the lives of individuals
suffering from End Stage Renal Disease. Indeed, we see this partnership as a
model for how health care should be delivered in the United States.”

“Our overarching objective is to improve the quality of lives and clinical
outcomes of people with End Stage Renal Disease and remove unnecessary costs
throughout the process,” said Peter Sauer, President, Fresenius Health
Partners. “Heritage California ACO is a premier provider of high quality,
patient centered health care and we look forward to partnering, to the benefit
of their members who have kidney failure.”

About Heritage California ACO

Heritage California ACO is affiliated with the Heritage Provider Network (HPN)
family of organizations, which was founded in 1979 by its President and CEO
Dr. Richard Merkin. HPN and its affiliates operate throughout eight counties
in Southern, Central and Coastal California, as well as in Arizona and New
York. HPN delivers high quality, patient centered health care to over 700,000
individuals. HPN is dedicated to quality, affordable health care and putting
patients' wellness first, and is on the cutting edge of the accountable care
model of health care delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated
health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United
States. (www.heritageprovidernetwork.com)

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent's top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals. For more information about the company, visit
www.fmcna.com; for information about patient services, visit

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Fresenius Medical Care
Jon Stone, 781-699-9704 (o)
781-392-4680 (cell)
Heritage Provider Network
Janet Janjigian, 310-466-0735
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