Berkshire Agrees to Buy No More than 25% of DaVita, Firm Accused of Medicare Fraud

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to cap its ownership of DaVita Healthcare Partners at 25%. A previous entry on this blog quoted a story saying that Ted Weschler is behind Berkshire’s purchases of DaVita stock. An even earlier entry on this blog discussed accusations that DaVita Healthcare Partners has committed substantial healthcare fraud by charging the taxpayer millions of dollars for medicine that is needlessly thrown away.

(p. 2D) Berkshire agreed not to buy more than 25 percent of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a national network of medical infusion clinics.
Berkshire investment manager Ted Weschler has been buying DaVita stock for Berkshire since joining the Omaha investment company last year, totaling about 14 percent of the company, Bloomberg reported.
Weschler and DaVita President Javier Rodriguez signed a “standstill agreement” last week, a document often intended to clarify whether an investor wants to acquire controlling interest in a business. Some have speculated that Berkshire wants to acquire all of DaVita’s stock, which artificially inflates the price of its shares.
DaVita legal officer Kim Rivera said Berkshire is a “supportive investor with a long-term view.”

For the full story, see:
Steve Jordon. “WARREN WATCH; At Berkshire meeting, See’s candymaker outshines Warren Buffett.” Omaha World-Herald (SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013): 1D & 2D.

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