Fresenius enters 3-way merger to create independent kidney care provider

Fresenius Medical Care announced today that it entered into an agreement to create a new company for providing kidney care.

The agreement combines Fresenius Medical Care North America’s value-based care division, Fresenius Health Partners, with InterWell Health and Cricket Health.

Both InterWell and Cricket represent U.S.-based kidney care providers, with Interwell a leading physician organization within the space and Cricket offering value-based kidney care with a patient engagement and data platform, according to a news release.

The merger combines Fresenius Health Partners’ kidney care expertise with InterWell’s clinical care models and network of 1,600 nephrologists and Cricket’s tech-enabled care model that uses its proprietary StageSmart informatics and patient engagement platforms.

Valued at $2.4 billion, the new company — which will be fully consolidated by Fresenius Medical Care as the majority owner — will operate…

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