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Invitation to Participate in the Annual Meeting of Stockholders

May 8, 2013

Dear Fellow Stockholder:

We are pleased to invite you to attend the DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. annual meeting of stockholders. The annual meeting will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., Mountain Time, at DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. The attached Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement will serve as your guide to the business to be conducted at the meeting.

Among other items, the Proxy Statement includes information about the qualifications of our director nominees and the compensation of our executive officers that is relevant to matters that will be presented at the annual meeting. During the meeting, we will also report to you on the company and provide an opportunity for stockholders to engage in a dialogue with management.

We hope that you will participate in the annual meeting, either by attending and voting in person or voting by other available methods as promptly as possible. Voting by any of the available methods will ensure that you are represented at the annual meeting, even if you are not present. You may vote your proxy via the Internet, by telephone, or by mail. Please follow the instructions on the Notice of Internet Availability of proxy materials that you receive in the mail and/or your proxy card.

Your vote is very important to us and to our business. Please take the first opportunity to ensure that your shares are represented at the annual meeting.

Thank you very much for your continued interest in our business.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Kent J. Thiry

 

Co-Chairman of the Board,

Chief Executive Officer

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.




Notice of 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Monday, June 17, 2013

9:30 a.m., Mountain Time

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

2000 16th Street

Denver, Colorado 80202

The 2013 annual meeting of the stockholders of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Delaware corporation, will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., Mountain Time, at DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, for the following purposes, which are further described in the accompanying Proxy Statement:

To vote upon the election of the ten directors identified in the attached Proxy Statement to the Board of Directors to serve for a term of one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified;

To ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013;

To hold an advisory vote on executive compensation;

To adopt and approve an amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan to increase the aggregate number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan by 8,500,000 shares;

To consider and vote upon two stockholder proposals, if properly presented at the annual meeting; and

To transact such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournment thereof.

We will mail, on or about May 8, 2013, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to those stockholders of record and beneficial owners as of the close of business on April 19, 2013. On the date of mailing of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, all stockholders of record and beneficial owners will have the ability to access the proxy materials on a website referred to in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. These proxy materials will be available free of charge.

The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials will also identify the date, time and location of the annual meeting; the matters to be acted upon at the annual meeting and the Board of Directors’ recommendation with regard to each matter; a toll-free telephone number, an e-mail address, and a website where stockholders can request a paper or e-mail copy of the Proxy Statement, our Annual Report to Stockholders and a form of proxy relating to the annual meeting; information on how to access the form of proxy over the Internet and how to vote over the Internet; and information on how to obtain directions to attend the annual meeting and vote in person. If you attend the annual meeting, you may vote in person, even if you previously used the telephone or Internet voting systems, or mailed your completed proxy card.

Please note that all votes cast via telephone or the Internet must be cast prior to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

 

By order of the Board of Directors,

 

 

Kim M. Rivera

 

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

May 8, 2013




Table of Contents

PROXY STATEMENT

6

General Information

6

Voting Information

6

Votes Required for Proposals

7

Proxy Solicitation Costs

7

Delivery of Proxy Statement and Annual Report

7

Admission to Annual Meeting

7

Electronic Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2013 Annual Meeting

8

PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

9

Information Concerning Members of the Board Standing for Reelection

9

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

12

Selection of Directors

12

Director Independence

12

Leadership Structure and Meetings of Independent Directors

13

Communications with the Board

13

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

13

Information Regarding the Board and its Committees

13

Committees of the Board

14

Risk Oversight

15

Board Share Ownership Policy

15

Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct

16

Insider Trading Policy

16

PROPOSAL 2

RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

17

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

17

Pre-approval Policies and Procedures

17

PROPOSAL 3

ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

18

PROPOSAL 4

APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO OUR 2011 INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

19

Purpose

19

Proposed Amendment and Size of Share Pool

19

Stockholder Approval Requirement

20

Compensation and Governance Best Practices

20

Aggregate Prior Equity Grants as of March 31, 2013

27

Equity Compensation Plan Information

27

PROPOSAL 5

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSAL REGARDING EXECUTIVE PAY

28

PROPOSAL 6

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSAL REGARDING LOBBYING

30

Stockholder Proposal

30

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

32

Information Concerning Our Executive Officers

33

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

34

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

35

Executive Summary

35

Elements of Compensation

39

Process For Determining Neo Compensation

46

Compensation Policies & Practices

48

Tax And Accounting Considerations

49




COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

50

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

51

2012 Summary Compensation Table

51

2012 Grants of Plan-Based Awards

53

No Pension Benefits

55

Voluntary Deferral Plan

56

Executive Retirement Plan

57

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control

57

COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS

62

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

67

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

68

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

69

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2014 ANNUAL MEETING

70

OTHER MATTERS

70




PROXY STATEMENT

General Information

We are delivering this Proxy Statement in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors (the “Board”), for use at our 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, which we will hold on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., Mountain Time, at DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. The proxies will remain valid for use at any meetings held upon adjournment of that meeting. The record date for the annual meeting is the close of business on April 19, 2013. All holders of record of our common stock on the record date are entitled to notice of the annual meeting and to vote at the annual meeting and any meetings held upon adjournment of that meeting. Our principal executive offices are located at 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202, and our telephone number is (303) 405-2100. To obtain directions to our annual meeting, visit our website, located at http://www.davita.com.

In accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to each stockholder of record or beneficial owner, we are furnishing the proxy materials to our stockholders over the Internet, which include this Proxy Statement and the accompanying Notice of Meeting, Proxy Card, and Annual Report to Stockholders. Because you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials by mail, you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials, unless you have previously made a permanent election to receive these materials in paper copy. Instead, the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials instructs you as to how you may access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials, and how you may submit your vote by proxy on the Internet. If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials by mail and would like to receive a printed copy of our proxy materials, you should follow the instructions for requesting such materials included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials.

The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials was first mailed on or about May 8, 2013 to all stockholders of record as of April 19, 2013.

Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting in person, please vote by telephone, Internet, or request a Proxy Card to complete, sign, date and return by mail to ensure that your shares will be voted at the annual meeting. You may revoke your proxy at any time prior to its use by filing with our secretary an instrument revoking it or a duly executed proxy bearing a later date or by attending the annual meeting and voting in person.

If you plan to attend the annual meeting in person, please so indicate when you submit your proxy by mail, by telephone or via the Internet and bring with you the items that are required pursuant to the company’s admission process for the 2013 Annual Meeting. A description of the admission process can be found below in this Proxy Statement under the heading “General Information—Admission to Annual Meeting.”

Unless you instruct otherwise in the proxy, any proxy that is given and not revoked will be voted at the annual meeting:

For each nominee to the Board identified in this Proxy Statement;

For the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013;

For the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers;

For the approval of the amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan;

Against the two stockholder proposals, if properly presented at the annual meeting; and

As determined by the proxy holders named in the Proxy Card in their discretion, with regard to all other matters as may properly come before the annual meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Voting Information

Our only voting securities are the outstanding shares of our common stock. At the record date, we had approximately 105,759,863 shares of common stock outstanding. Each stockholder is entitled to one vote per share on each matter that we will consider at this meeting. Stockholders are not entitled to cumulate votes. Brokers holding shares of record for their customers generally are not entitled to vote on some matters unless their customers give them specific voting instructions. If the broker does not receive specific instructions, the broker will note this on the proxy form or otherwise advise us that it lacks voting authority. Recent regulatory changes were made to take away the ability of your bank, broker, or other nominee to vote your uninstructed shares in the election of directors on a discretionary basis. Thus, if you hold your shares in “street name,” meaning that your shares are registered in the name of your broker, bank or other nominee, and you do not instruct your bank, broker, or other nominee how to vote in the election of directors, the proposal regarding the advisory vote on executive compensation, the amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan, or on each of the two stockholder proposals, if each is properly brought before the annual meeting, no votes will be cast on your behalf. The votes that the brokers would have cast if their customers had given them specific instructions are commonly called “broker non-votes.” If the stockholders of record present in person or represented by their proxies at the annual meeting hold at least a majority of our shares of common stock outstanding as of the record date, a quorum will exist for the transaction of business at the annual meeting. Stockholders attending the annual meeting in person or represented by proxy at the annual meeting who abstain from voting and broker non-votes are counted as present for quorum purposes.

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Votes Required for Proposals

Directors are elected by a majority of votes cast, which means that the number of shares voted “for” each of the ten nominees for election to the Board must exceed 50% of the number of votes cast with respect to each nominee’s election. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes cast and, therefore, will have no effect on the election of directors. In the event that the number of nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected, which is a situation that we do not anticipate, directors will be elected by a plurality of the shares represented in person or by proxy at any such meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors.

The ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013, the approval of the proposal regarding the advisory vote on executive compensation, the approval of the amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan, and each of the two stockholder proposals, if each is properly brought before the annual meeting, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present at the annual meeting, in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon. Because your vote on executive compensation and the two stockholder proposals is advisory, it will not be binding on the company or the Board. However, the Board and any applicable Board committee will consider the voting results as appropriate when making future decisions regarding executive compensation and the topic of any stockholder proposal. Abstentions are considered present and entitled to vote with respect to these proposals and will, therefore, be treated as votes against these proposals. Broker non-votes with respect to these proposals will not be considered as present and entitled to vote on these proposals, which will therefore reduce the number of affirmative votes needed to approve these proposals.

Proxy Solicitation Costs

We will pay for the cost of preparing, assembling, printing and mailing of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, this Proxy Statement and the accompanying Notice of Meeting, Proxy Card, and Annual Report to Stockholders to our stockholders, as well as the cost of soliciting proxies relating to the annual meeting. We may request banks and brokers to solicit their customers who beneficially own our common stock listed of record in names of nominees. We will reimburse these banks and brokers for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses regarding these solicitations. We have also retained MacKenzie Partners, Inc. (“MacKenzie”) to assist in the distribution and solicitation of proxies and to verify records related to the solicitation at a fee of $10,000 plus reimbursement for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during the solicitation. MacKenzie and our officers, directors and employees may supplement the original solicitation by mail of proxies, by telephone, facsimile, e-mail and personal solicitation. We will pay no additional compensation to our officers, directors and employees for these activities. We agreed to indemnify MacKenzie against liabilities and expenses arising in connection with the proxy solicitation unless caused by MacKenzie’s negligence or intentional misconduct.

Delivery of Proxy Statement and Annual Report

Beneficial owners, but not record holders, of our common stock who share a single address may receive only one copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and, as applicable, an Annual Report to Stockholders and Proxy Statement, unless their broker has received contrary instructions from any beneficial owner at that address. This practice, known as “householding,” is designed to reduce printing and mailing costs. If any beneficial owner at such an address wishes to discontinue householding and receive a separate copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and, if applicable, an Annual Report to Stockholders and Proxy Statement, they should notify their broker. Beneficial owners sharing an address to which a single copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and, if applicable, an Annual Report to Stockholders and Proxy Statement was delivered can also request prompt delivery of a separate copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and, if applicable, an Annual Report to Stockholders and Proxy Statement by contacting Investor Relations at the following address: Attn: Investor Relations, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, (888) 484-7505.

Admission to Annual Meeting

Admission to the annual meeting will be limited to holders of the company’s common stock, family members accompanying holders of the company’s common stock, persons holding executed proxies from stockholders who held the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013 and such other persons as the chair of the annual meeting shall determine.

If you are a holder of the company’s common stock, you must bring certain documents with you in order to be admitted to the annual meeting and in order to bring family members with you. The purpose of this requirement is to help us verify that you are actually a holder of the company’s common stock. Please read the following procedures carefully, because they specify the documents that you must bring with you to the annual meeting in order to be admitted. The items that you must bring with you differ depending upon whether or not you were a record holder of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013. A “record holder” of stock is someone whose shares of stock are registered in his or her name in the records of the company’s transfer agent. Many stockholders are not record holders because their shares of stock are held in “street name,” meaning that the shares are registered in the name of their broker, bank or other nominee, and the broker, bank or other nominee is the record holder instead. If you are unsure as to whether you were a record holder of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, please call the company’s transfer agent, Computershare, at (877) 899-2012.

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If you were a record holder of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, then you must bring:

valid personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport).

At the annual meeting, we will check your name for verification purposes against our list of record holders as of the close of business on April 19, 2013.

If a broker, bank or other nominee was the record holder of your shares of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, then you must bring:

valid personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport); and

proof that you owned shares of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013.

Examples of proof of ownership include the following: (i) an original or a copy of the voting instruction from your bank or broker with your name on it, (ii) a letter from your bank or broker stating that you owned the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, or (iii) a brokerage account statement indicating that you owned the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013.

If you acquired your shares of the company’s common stock at any time after the close of business on April 19, 2013, you do not have the right to vote at the Annual Meeting, but you may attend it if you bring:

valid personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport); and

proof that you own shares of the company’s common stock.

Examples of proof of ownership include the following:

if a broker, bank or other nominee is the record holder of your shares of the company’s common stock: (i) a letter from your bank or broker stating that you acquired the company’s common stock after April 19, 2013, or (ii) a brokerage account statement as of a date after April 19, 2013 indicating that you own the company’s common stock; or

if you are the record holder of your shares of the company’s common stock, a copy of your stock certificate or a confirmation acceptable to the company that you bought the stock after April 19, 2013.

If you are a proxy holder for a stockholder of the company who owned shares of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, then you must bring:

the executed proxy naming you as the proxy holder, signed by a stockholder of the company who owned shares of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013;

valid personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport); and

if the stockholder whose proxy you hold was not a record holder of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, proof of the stockholder’s ownership of shares of the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013, in the form of (i) an original or a copy of the voting instruction form from the stockholder’s bank or broker with the stockholder’s name on it, or (ii) a letter or statement from a bank, broker or other nominee indicating that the stockholder owned the company’s common stock as of the close of business on April 19, 2013.

No cameras, recording equipment, electronic devices, large bags, briefcases or packages will be permitted at the annual meeting. Shares may be voted in person at the annual meeting only by (a) the record holder as of the close of business on April 19, 2013 or (b) a person holding a valid proxy executed by such record holder.

Electronic Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2013 Annual Meeting

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting to Be Held on June 17, 2013. This Proxy Statement and the Annual Report to Stockholders and Form 10-K for fiscal year 2012 are available electronically at www.proxyvote.com .

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Proposal 1  Election of Directors

At the annual meeting, you will elect ten directors to serve until the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders or until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Our bylaws require that each director be elected by the majority of votes cast with respect to such director in uncontested elections. In a contested election, where the number of nominees for director exceeds the number of directors to be elected, directors are elected by a plurality of shares represented in person or by proxy at any such meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors. If a nominee for director who was in office prior to the election is not elected by a majority of votes cast, the director must promptly tender his or her resignation from the Board, and the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board will make a recommendation to the Board about whether to accept or reject the resignation, or whether to take other action. The Board, excluding the director in question, will act on the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee and publicly disclose its decision and its rationale within 90 days from the date the election results are certified. If a nominee for director who was not already serving as a director does not receive a majority of votes cast at the annual meeting, the nominee is not elected to the Board. All 2013 nominees are currently serving on the Board.

Eight of the ten nominees for director have been determined to be independent under the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). Please see the section titled “Corporate Governance—Director Independence” below for more information. The Nominating and Governance Committee has recommended, and the Board has nominated, Pamela M. Arway, Charles G. Berg, Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson, Paul J. Diaz, Peter T. Grauer, Dr. Robert J. Margolis, John M. Nehra, William L. Roper, Kent J. Thiry and Roger J. Valine for election as directors. Each nominee has consented to being named in this Proxy Statement as a nominee and has agreed to serve as a director if elected.

Unless the proxy indicates otherwise, the persons named as proxies in the accompanying proxy have advised us that at the meeting they intend to vote the shares covered by the proxies for the election of the nominees named above. If one or more of the nominees are unable or not willing to serve, the persons named as proxies may vote for the election of the substitute nominees that the Board may propose. The accompanying proxy contains a discretionary grant of authority with respect to this matter. The persons named as proxies may not vote for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named above.

No arrangement or understanding exists between any nominee and any other person or persons pursuant to which any nominee was or is to be selected as a director or nominee, with the exception of Dr. Margolis. In connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, as amended, by and between the company and HealthCare Partners Holdings, LLC (“HCP”) wherein the company acquired HCP on November 1, 2012, for a minimum period of four consecutive annual meetings of stockholders of the company after his initial appointment to the Board, the company’s Nominating and Governance Committee shall assess Dr. Margolis’ re-nomination for election to the Board in the same manner as every other incumbent director on the Board and shall determine which directors it will select as nominees or recommend to the company’s Board for nomination for election to the company’s Board at its annual meeting of stockholders. In addition, upon his appointment and subsequent re-election to the company’s Board, for a minimum period of four consecutive annual meetings of stockholders, Dr. Margolis will hold the office of “Co-Chairman” until the expiration of his term of office or until his successor is duly elected and qualified, subject to his earlier death, resignation, disqualification, or removal in accordance with the company’s bylaws and/or applicable law. None of the nominees has any family relationship with any other nominee or with any of our executive officers.

Information Concerning Members of the Board Standing for Reelection

A biography of each nominee setting forth his or her age, and describing his or her business experience during the past five years, including other prior relevant business experience is presented below.

  Pamela M. Arway

Director since 2009

Age 59

Pamela M. Arway, age 59, has been one of our directors since May 2009. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Arway served as the president of American Express International, Japan, Asia-Pacific, Australia region, a global payment services and travel company. Ms. Arway has also been a member of the board of directors of the Hershey Company, a chocolate and confectionary company, since May of 2010. She currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Executive Committees of the board of directors of the Hershey Company. Ms. Arway joined the American Express Company in 1987 after which she served in various capacities, including as chief executive officer of American Express Australia Limited from 2004 to 2005 and as executive vice president of Corporate Travel, North America from 2000 to 2004. Prior to her retirement in October 2008, she also served as advisor to the American Express Company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Ms. Arway is an experienced business leader, with extensive management experience.

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  Charles G. Berg

Director since 2007

Age 55

Charles G. Berg, age 55, has been one of our directors since March 2007. Mr. Berg served as executive chairman and as a member of the board of directors of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (“WellCare”), a provider of managed care services for government-sponsored healthcare programs from January 2008 to December 2010. Mr. Berg became non-executive chairman of the board of directors of WellCare in January 2011. Mr. Berg will not stand for reelection as a director or executive chairman of WellCare at WellCare’s 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. Mr. Berg’s last day of service as a member of the board of WellCare will be May 22, 2013. From January 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Berg was a senior advisor to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm. From April 1998 to July 2004, Mr. Berg held various executive positions with Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (“Oxford”), which included chief executive officer from November 2002 to July 2004 when Oxford was acquired by UnitedHealth Group, president and chief operating officer from March 2001 to November 2002 and executive vice president, medical delivery from April 1998 to March 2001. From July 2004 to September 2006, Mr. Berg served as an executive of UnitedHealth Group and was primarily responsible for integrating the Oxford business. Mr. Berg is an experienced business leader with significant experience in the healthcare industry and brings an understanding of the operational, financial and regulatory aspects of our industry and business.

  Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson

Director since 2010

Age 57

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson, age 57, has been one of our directors since December 2010. From January 2004 to September 2012, Mr. Davidson served as the senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of Tyco International Ltd. (“Tyco”), a provider of diversified industrial products and services. Prior to joining Tyco in January 2004, he spent six years at Dell Inc., a computer and technology services company, where he held various leadership roles, including vice president, audit, risk and compliance, and vice president, corporate controller. In addition, he previously spent 16 years at Eastman Kodak Company, a provider of imaging technology products and services, in a variety of accounting and financial leadership roles. Mr. Davidson is a director of Pentair Ltd., a provider of products and solutions in water, fluids, thermal management and equipment protection. Mr. Davidson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation which oversees financial accounting and reporting standards setting processes for the United States. Mr. Davidson also serves on the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Davidson is a CPA with more than 30 years of leadership experience across multiple industries and he brings a strong track record of building and leading global teams and implementing governance and controls processes.

  Paul J. Diaz

Director since 2007

Age 51

Paul J. Diaz, age 51, has been one of our directors since July 2007. Mr. Diaz has been the president and chief executive officer of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”), a provider of long-term healthcare services in the United States, since January 2004. Mr. Diaz joined Kindred in January 2002 as president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Kindred, Mr. Diaz was the managing member of Falcon Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment and consulting firm, and from 1996 to July 1998, Mr. Diaz served in various executive capacities with Mariner Health Group, Inc., including as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mr. Diaz serves on the board of Kindred and the board of visitors of Georgetown University Law Center and previously served on the board of PharMerica Corporation. Mr. Diaz is an experienced business leader with significant experience in the healthcare industry and brings an understanding of the operational, financial and regulatory aspects of our industry and business.

  Peter T. Grauer

Director since 1994

Age 67

Peter T. Grauer, age 67, has been one of our directors since August 1994 and our lead independent director since 2003. Mr. Grauer has been chairman of the board of Bloomberg, Inc. since April 2001, treasurer since March 2002 and was its chief executive officer from March 2002 until July 2011. From November 2000 until March 2002, Mr. Grauer was a managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston. From September 1992 until November 2000, upon the merger of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) into Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Grauer was a managing director and founding partner of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Mr. Grauer has significant experience as a business leader and brings a deep understanding of our business and industry through his over 15 years of service as a member of the Board.

  Dr. Robert J. Margolis

Director since 2012

Age 67

Dr. Robert J. Margolis, age 67, became our co-chairman of the Board in November 2012 in connection with our acquisition of HCP. He continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of our integrated care business, HCP. Dr. Margolis has served as the Chief Executive Officer of HCP since May 1982 and the managing partner of HCP Medical Group since he founded its predecessor entity in July 1975. Dr. Margolis is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology having trained at Duke University Medical School and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Margolis serves on the boards of directors of the Martin Luther King Hospital, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the California Association of Physician Groups, and the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Los Angeles. Dr. Margolis also serves as a member of the Executive Management Advisory Board at UCLA’s School of Public Health, a member of HealthCare Policy Advisory Council for Harvard Medical School, and a member of the advisory board of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Dr. Margolis previously served as the chairman of the boards of directors of the American Medical Group Association, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the Unified Medical Group Association. Dr. Margolis has a national reputation in the managed care industry with over 40 years of industry experience. He works extensively on issues of quality improvement, pay for performance, coordinated care and access to care issues and speaks frequently on these and related subjects at national and regional meetings.

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  John M. Nehra

Director since 2000

Age 64

John M. Nehra, age 64, has been one of our directors since November 2000. Mr. Nehra has been affiliated with New Enterprise Associates (“NEA”), a venture capital firm, since 1989, including, since 1993, as general partner of several of its affiliated venture capital limited partnerships. Mr. Nehra has also been managing general partner of Catalyst Ventures, a venture capital firm, since 1989. Mr. Nehra serves on the boards of a number of NEA’s portfolio companies. Mr. Nehra is an experienced business leader with approximately 37 years experience in investment banking, research and capital markets and he brings a deep understanding of our business and industry through his more than 10 years of service as a member of the Board as well as significant experience in the healthcare industry through his involvement with NEA’s healthcare-related portfolio companies.

  Dr. William L. Roper

Director since 2001

Age 64

Dr. William L. Roper, age 64, has been one of our directors since May 2001. Dr. Roper has been chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina (“UNC”) Health Care System, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs of UNC since March 2004. Dr. Roper also continues to serve as a professor of health policy and administration in the UNC School of Public Health and a professor of pediatrics and of social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. From 1997 until March 2004, he was dean of the UNC School of Public Health. Before joining UNC in 1997, Dr. Roper served as senior vice president of Prudential Health Care. He also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1990 to 1993, on the senior White House staff in 1989 and 1990 and as the administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 1986 to 1989. Dr. Roper is also chairman of the board of the National Quality Forum. From December 2007 to November 2011, Dr. Roper served on the board of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, and since November 2011 has served on the board of its successor company, Express Scripts Holding Company. Dr. Roper brings substantial expertise in the medical field, an in-depth understanding of the regulatory aspects of our business as well as clinical, financial and operational experience.

  Kent J. Thiry

Director since 1999

Age 57

Kent J. Thiry, age 57, became our co-chairman of the Board in November 2012 in connection with our acquisition of HCP and continues to serve as our chief executive officer, a role he has held since October 1999. From October 1999 until November 2012, Mr. Thiry served as our chairman of the Board. From June 1997 until he joined us, Mr. Thiry was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Vivra Holdings, Inc., which was formed to operate the non-dialysis business of Vivra Incorporated (“Vivra”) after Gambro AB acquired the dialysis services business of Vivra in June 1997. From September 1992 to June 1997, Mr. Thiry was the president and chief executive officer of Vivra, a provider of renal dialysis and other healthcare services. From April 1992 to August 1992, Mr. Thiry was president and co-chief executive officer of Vivra, and from September 1991 to March 1992, he was president and chief operating officer of Vivra. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Thiry was associated with Bain & Company, first as a consultant, and then as vice president. Mr. Thiry previously served on the board of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. from August 2005 to February 2009 and served as the non-executive chairman of Oxford Health Plans, Inc. until it was sold to UnitedHealth Group in July 2004. As a member of management, Mr. Thiry provides significant industry-specific experience and unique expertise regarding the company’s business and operations as well as executive leadership and management experience.

  Roger J. Valine

Director since 2006

Age 64

Roger J. Valine, age 64, has been one of our directors since June 2006. From 1993 to his retirement in July 2006, Mr. Valine served as the chief executive officer of Vision Service Plan (“VSP”), the nation’s largest provider of eyecare wellness benefits. From January 1993 to February 2006, Mr. Valine served as both the president and chief executive officer of VSP. Upon his retirement, Mr. Valine had worked for VSP for 33 years and provided consulting services to VSP through January 2008. Mr. Valine previously served on the board of American Specialty Health Incorporated. Mr. Valine is an experienced business leader with significant experience in the healthcare industry and brings an understanding of the operational, financial and regulatory aspects of our business as well as extensive management experience.

The Board recommends a vote FOR the election of each of the named nominees as directors.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The general governance framework for the company is provided by its bylaws, corporate governance guidelines, the charters for each of the Board’s committees, the corporate governance code of ethics and corporate code of conduct. These governance documents are available under the Corporate Governance section of our website, located at http://www.davita.com/about/corporate-governance. The Board adopted the corporate governance guidelines to assist the Board and its committees in performing their duties and serving the best interests of the company and our stockholders.

Selection of Directors

The Nominating and Governance Committee does not have a specific set of minimum criteria for membership on the Board. In making its recommendations, however, it considers the mix of characteristics, experience, diverse perspectives and skills that is most beneficial to our company. The committee also considers continuing director tenure and takes steps as appropriate to ensure that the Board maintains an openness to new ideas and a willingness to re-examine the status quo. The company does not have a specific diversity policy. However, as noted in our corporate governance guidelines, when selecting nominees the committee considers diversity of skills, experience, perspective and background. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider nominees for director recommended by stockholders upon submission in writing to our Secretary of the names and qualifications of such nominees at the following address: Corporate Secretary, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. The committee does not intend to alter the manner in which it evaluates candidates based on whether the candidate was recommended by a stockholder.

In March 2013, the Nominating and Governance Committee recommended the candidates standing for election at the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.

Director Independence

Under the listing standards of the NYSE, a majority of the members of the Board must satisfy the NYSE criteria for “independence.” No director qualifies as independent under the NYSE listing standards unless the Board affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with us (either directly or as a partner, stockholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with us). In addition, the Board has adopted a formal set of standards used to determine director independence. The full text of our director independence standards is available under the Corporate Governance section of our website, located at http://www.davita.com/about/corporate-governance.

The Board evaluates the independence of our directors annually and will review the independence of individual directors on an interim basis to consider changes in employment, relationships and other factors. The Board has determined that all of the individuals currently serving, or who served at any time during 2012, as members of the Board, other than Mr. Thiry and Dr. Margolis, are independent under the NYSE listing standards as well as the company’s independence standards. In evaluating the directors’ independence, the Board considered the nature of any executive officer’s personal investment interest in the director affiliated entities (active or passive), the level of involvement by the director or executive officer as a partner in the director affiliated entities, any special arrangements between the parties which would lead to a personal benefit, any personal benefits derived as a result of business relationships with the company, any other personal benefit derived by any director or executive officer as a result of the disclosed relationships or any other relevant factors.

In making determinations of independence, the Board considered the following relationships and the non-affected directors determined that none of such relationships was a material relationship that would impair the independence of any such individual:

(1)

Mr. Thiry holds an ownership interest in certain funds of NEA, a venture capital firm of which Mr. Nehra is a special partner. In 2011, the company co-invested with NEA13, an affiliate of NEA, in DaVita NephroLife (India) Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as Nephrolife Care (India) Pvt. Ltd.), a joint venture that is 51.89% owned by the company. Also, in 2011 the company divested certain assets to a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare VI, L.P. (“Frazier”) and NEA13. Mr. Thiry, has a personal investment in a limited partnership that has a capital commitment to NEA13 and, therefore, indirectly invested through NEA13 in NephroLife and the assets divested by the company to Frazier and NEA13. In 2012, Mr. Thiry and Denise M. O’Leary, Trustees, Thiry-O’Leary Living Trust Dated 3/8/90, invested $2,000,000 in NEA 14, an affiliate of NEA. Mr. Thiry (as a co-trustee of the Thiry-O’Leary Living Trust Dated 3/8/90) has a capital commitment to NEA 14 of less than 1% of its aggregate capital commitments. Mr. Nehra is a limited partner in various general partner entities of the limited partnerships affiliated with NEA and has less than a 10% interest in the capital commitments and carried interest of NEA13 and NEA 14. Mr. Nehra and Mr. Thiry do not have, individually or collectively, a 10% interest in NEA13 or NEA 14, and therefore the Board concluded in accordance with applicable rules that Mr. Thiry’s and Mr. Nehra’s respective interests were not material.

(2)

Mr. Berg is a director, the non-executive chairman and a stockholder of WellCare, which has made payments to us for services rendered in the ordinary course of business in the last three years which did not exceed the greater of $1 million or 2% of WellCare’s consolidated gross revenue in any such year. Therefore, the Board concluded in accordance with the listing standards of the NYSE that this business relationship does not disqualify Mr. Berg from being considered independent. For additional information, see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.”

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(3)

Mr. Diaz is a director, the president and chief executive officer and a stockholder of Kindred, which has made payments to us for services rendered in the ordinary course of business in the last three years and to which we have made payments for services rendered in the ordinary cause of business following our acquisition of HCP, which did not exceed the greater of $1 million or 2% of Kindred’s consolidated gross revenue in any such year. Therefore, the Board concluded in accordance with the listing standards of the NYSE that this business relationship does not disqualify Mr. Diaz from being considered independent.

The Board also maintains a policy whereby the Board will evaluate the appropriateness of the director’s continued service on the Board in the event that the director retires from their principal job, changes their principal job responsibility or experiences a significant event that could negatively affect their service to the Board. In such event, the affected director shall promptly submit his or her resignation to the chairman of the Board and the lead independent director. The members of the Board, excluding the affected director, will determine whether the affected director’s continued service on the Board is in the best interests of our stockholders and will decide whether or not to accept the resignation of the director. In addition, prior to accepting an invitation to serve on the board of directors of another public company, a director must advise the chairman of the Board and the lead independent director so that the remaining members of the Board may evaluate any potential conflicts of interest.

Leadership Structure and Meetings of Independent Directors

Since the completion of our acquisition of HCP, Mr. Thiry and Dr. Margolis have served as co-chairmen of our Board. Mr. Thiry is the chief executive officer of the company and brings over 12 years of experience with our company and deep institutional knowledge and experience to the combined role. Dr. Margolis is the chief executive officer of HCP and has served as such since May 1982 and brings experience and extensive knowledge of our integrated care business. Our lead independent director, Mr. Grauer, plays a significant role in Board leadership and meetings of the independent directors. Mr. Grauer chairs our Nominating and Governance Committee, which is a committee composed of all directors other than Mr. Thiry and Dr. Margolis. As lead independent director, Mr. Grauer reviews and provides input to the co-chairmen on meeting agendas and information to be sent to the Board, consults with the co-chairmen on meeting schedules to assure that there is sufficient time for discussion of agenda items, serves as the principal liaison between the co-chairmen and the non-executive (all of whom are also independent) directors and presides over executive sessions of the Board, providing consolidated feedback, as appropriate, from those meetings to Mr. Thiry and Dr. Margolis. Additionally, Mr. Grauer facilitates discussions outside of scheduled board meetings among the independent directors on key issues as required. We believe that Mr. Thiry’s experience and knowledge, and the significant role of the lead independent director, make combination of the co-chairman and chief executive officer roles appropriate.

Independent directors meet regularly in executive sessions without management. Executive sessions are held in conjunction with each regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.

Communications with the Board

Any interested party who desires to contact the lead independent director, Mr. Grauer, may do so by sending an email to leaddirector@davita.com. In addition, any interested party who desires to contact the Board or any member of the Board may do so by writing to: Board of Directors, c/o Corporate Secretary, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. Copies of any such written communications received by the Secretary will be provided to the full Board or the appropriate member depending on the facts and circumstances described in the communication unless they are considered, in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary, to be improper for submission to the intended recipient(s).

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

We do not have a policy requiring that directors attend the annual meeting of stockholders. Stockholders may contact our lead independent director and the Board as described above. At the last annual meeting of stockholders, our co-chairman and chief executive officer, Mr. Thiry, attended the meeting.

Information Regarding the Board and its Committees

The Board met 17 times during 2012. Each of our directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate total number of meetings of the Board and of the committees of the Board on which he or she served during 2012. The Board has established the following committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Compliance Committee, the Public Policy Committee and the Clinical Performance Committee.

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Committees of the Board

The following chart describes the principal functions of each committee of our Board. The charter for each committee is available under the Corporate Governance section of our website, located at http://www.davita.com/about/corporate-governance.

Name of Committee

and Members

Principal Functions

of the Committee

Meetings

in 2012

Audit

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson, Chair

Pamela M. Arway

Charles G. Berg

Roger J. Valine

Assists the Board with oversight of the integrity of our financial statements including the financial reporting and disclosure processes and the integrity and effectiveness of our system of internal control over financial reporting.

Assists the Board with oversight of the independence, qualifications and performance of our independent registered public accounting firm, including a review of the scope and results of their audit, as well as our internal audit function.

Together with the Compliance Committee, assists the Board with oversight of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including those that may have a material impact on the company’s financial statements.

Appoints and engages our independent registered public accounting firm, and pre-approves the firm’s annual audit services (including related fees), audit-related services, and all other services in accordance with our pre-approval policy.

Monitors our disclosure controls and procedures and compliance with ethical standards.

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Compensation

John M. Nehra, Chair

Peter T. Grauer

Roger J. Valine

Reviews the performance of our chief executive officer and other executives and makes decisions regarding their compensation.

Establishes policies relating to the compensation of our executive officers and other key employees that further the goal of ensuring that our compensation system for our chief executive officer and our other executives, as well as our philosophy for compensation for all employees and the Board, is aligned with the long-term interests of our stockholders.

Annually determines the compensation of our chief executive officer.

Conducts an evaluation of our chief executive officer’s performance and the company’s performance and considers a self-assessment prepared by our chief executive officer. Periodically, the Compensation Committee engages an outside consultant to conduct an in-depth analysis of our chief executive officer’s performance as a manager during the year.

Has sole authority to retain or replace its independent compensation consultant in its sole discretion.

Annually approves the compensation package for our chief executive officer subject to ratification by the independent members of the Board.

Works closely with and considers the recommendations of our chief executive officer to determine the compensation of our other executive officers.

When determining the compensation of the other executive officers, considers the recommendations of the chief executive officer who conducts a performance and compensation review of each other executive officer and reviews his detailed assessments of the performance of each of the other executive officers with the Compensation Committee.

Reviews the results of advisory stockholder votes on the compensation of our executive officers and considers whether to make adjustments to our compensation policies and practices as a result of such votes.

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Nominating and Governance

Peter T. Grauer, Chair

Pamela M. Arway

Charles G. Berg

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson

Paul J. Diaz

John M. Nehra

Dr. William L. Roper

Roger J. Valine

Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board about our governance processes.

Assists in identifying and recruiting candidates for the Board.

Annually reviews the performance of the individual members of the Board.

Proposes a slate of nominees for election at the annual meeting of stockholders.

Makes recommendations to the Board regarding the membership and chairs of the committees of the Board.

3

Compliance Committee

Dr. William L. Roper, Chair

Pamela M. Arway

Charles G. Berg

Peter T. Grauer

Oversees and monitors the effectiveness of our healthcare regulatory compliance program, reviews significant healthcare regulatory compliance risk areas, and reviews the steps management is taking to monitor, control and report these risk exposures.

Together with the Audit Committee, assists the Board with oversight of healthcare compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Has primary responsibility for oversight of healthcare regulatory requirements and for directing the company’s response to certain pending governmental investigations.

Meets regularly with our chief compliance officer.

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Public Policy

Paul J. Diaz, Chair

Dr. William L. Roper

Advises the Board on public policy and makes recommendations to the Board as to policies and procedures relating to issues of public policy and government relations.

Oversees the company’s government affairs activity and political spending.

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Clinical Performance

Dr. William L. Roper, Chair

Pamela M. Arway

Dr. Robert J. Margolis

John M. Nehra

Advises the Board on clinical performance issues facing the company.

Makes recommendations to management and to the Board as to policies and procedures relating to issues of clinical performance.

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Overview of Committee Membership Qualifications

Director

Independent

 

Other Public Company

Boards

Pamela M. Arway

Yes

(2)

1

Charles G. Berg

Yes

(2)

1

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson

Yes

(2)

1

Paul J. Diaz

Yes

 

1

Peter T. Grauer(1)

Yes

(3)

0

Dr. Robert J. Margolis

No

 

0

John M. Nehra

Yes

(3)

0

Dr. William L. Roper

Yes

 

1

Kent J. Thiry

No

 

0

Roger J. Valine

Yes

(2)(3)

0

(1)

Mr. Grauer is our Lead Independent Director.

(2)

Each is a member of the Audit Committee and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” within the meaning of the rules of the SEC and each is “independent” and “financially literate” under the listing standards of the NYSE and the company’s independence standards.

(3)

Each is a member of the Compensation Committee and each is also (a) independent under the listing standards of the NYSE and the company’s independence standards, (b) a “nonemployee director” under Rule 16b-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), and (c) an “outside director” as defined in Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Risk Oversight

The Board’s involvement in risk oversight involves the Audit Committee, the Compliance Committee and the full Board. The Audit Committee is responsible for legal and regulatory risk oversight and the Compliance Committee has primary responsibility for oversight of healthcare regulatory compliance requirements. The Audit Committee and the Compliance Committee meet regularly with our chief compliance officer. The Compliance Committee reviews significant healthcare regulatory compliance risk areas and the steps management has taken to monitor, control and report such compliance risk exposures. The Compliance Committee meets on a regular basis and reports directly to the Board on its findings. The Audit Committee receives materials on enterprise risk management on an annual basis. These materials include identification of top enterprise risks for the company, the alignment of management’s accountability and reporting for these risks, and mapping of the Board’s and Audit Committee’s oversight responsibilities for key risks. In addition, the Audit Committee and the full Board periodically receive materials to address the identification and status of major risks to the company. The Audit Committee discusses significant risk areas and the actions management has taken to monitor, control, and report such exposures. The Audit Committee also reviews with the company’s chief legal officer any legal matters that may have a material impact on the company’s financial statements, the company’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and material reports or inquiries received from governmental agencies, including such matters identified by the Compliance Committee or the chief compliance officer. At each meeting of the full Board, the chairman of the Audit Committee reports on the activities of the Audit Committee, including risks identified and risk oversight.

Board Share Ownership Policy

We have a share ownership policy that applies to all non-management members of the Board. The purpose of the policy is to encourage the Board to have an ownership stake in the company by retaining a specified financial interest in our common stock.

Both shares owned directly and shares underlying vested but unexercised stock options, stock appreciation rights (“SARs”), including stock-settled stock appreciation rights (“SSARs”), and restricted stock units (“RSUs”) are included in the determination of whether the share ownership guidelines have been met. The total net realizable share value retained must have a current market value of not less than the lower of:

25% of the total equity award value realized by the Board member to date in excess of $100,000; or

five times the annual Board retainer of $24,000, or $120,000.

As of December 31, 2012, each of our non-management members of the Board has met the requirements of our share ownership guidelines. See “Compensation Policies & Practices—Management Share Ownership Policy” beginning on page 48 of this proxy statement for more information regarding our management share ownership policy.

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Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct

We have a code of ethics that applies to our chief executive officer, chief financial officer, controller and chief accounting officer, chief legal officer, all vice presidents and all professionals involved in the accounting and financial reporting functions. We also have a code of conduct that applies to all of our teammates and the Board. The code of ethics and the code of conduct are available under the Corporate Governance section of our website, located at http://‌www.‌davita.com/about/corporate-governance.

Insider Trading Policy

We have adopted an Insider Trading Policy applicable to our directors, executive officers and teammates to ensure that those individuals do not benefit financially from buying or selling shares of our common stock while in the possession of material non-public information. Under our Insider Trading Policy, pre-clearance by our Chief Legal Officer is required for equity and 401(k) plan transactions entered into by our executive officers and Board members, such as an option or stock appreciation right exercise, or electing to invest in or divest shares of our common stock, as well as certain other transactions involving our common stock. In addition, quarterly trading blackouts are imposed under the Insider Trading Policy upon our directors, executive officers and certain other teammates who are deemed to have access to the company’s financial results prior to their becoming final and being publicly disclosed.

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Proposal 2  Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Audit Committee has appointed KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013. Representatives of KPMG LLP are expected to attend the annual meeting in person and will be available to respond to appropriate questions and to make a statement if they so desire. If KPMG LLP should decline to act or otherwise become incapable of acting, or if KPMG LLP’s engagement is discontinued for any reason, the Audit Committee will appoint another independent registered public accounting firm to serve as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2013. Although we are not required to seek stockholder ratification of this appointment, the Board believes that doing so is consistent with corporate governance best practices. If the appointment is not ratified, the Audit Committee will explore the reasons for stockholder rejection and will reconsider the appointment.

The following table sets forth the aggregate professional fees billed to us for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 by KPMG LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm:

 

2012

2011

Audit fees(1)

$

3,894,086

$

2,500,183

Audit-related fees(2)

 

2,456,843

 

460,463

Tax fees(3)

 

820,368

 

44,000

All other fees

 

 

 

$

7,171,297

$

3,004,646

(1)

Includes aggregate fees for the audit of our consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting and the three quarterly reviews of our consolidated financial statements included in our Form 10-Q and other SEC filings. In addition, audit fees include statutory audits in several international countries.

(2)

Includes fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements and are not reported as “Audit Fees.” The audit-related fees in 2012 and 2011 include fees for audits of our employee benefit plans, audits of two of our majority-owned entities, audit services related to our acquisition of HCP, and fees of $1,834,343 and $334,761, respectively, for due diligence services relating to potential acquisitions.

(3)

Includes fees for professional services rendered for tax advice and tax planning as well as $794,704 in 2012 for tax due diligence services. None of these fees were for tax compliance or tax preparation services.

Pre-approval Policies and Procedures

The Audit Committee of the Board is required to pre-approve the audit, audit-related, tax and all other services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm in order to assure that the provision of such services does not impair the auditor’s independence. The Audit Committee’s pre-approval policy provides for pre-approval of all audit, audit-related, tax and all other services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm, KPMG LLP. The Audit Committee pre-approved all such services in 2012 and concluded that such services performed by KPMG LLP were compatible with the maintenance of that firm’s independence in the conduct of its auditing functions.

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present at the annual meeting, in person or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon, is required for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013.

The Board recommends a vote FOR the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2013.

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Proposal 3  Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

Pursuant to Section 14A of the Exchange Act, we are providing stockholders with a vote to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement in accordance with SEC rules. The advisory vote on executive compensation described in this proposal is commonly referred to as a “say-on-pay vote.”

The company intends to include in its proxy statement on an annual basis an advisory vote regarding named executive officer compensation. As such, the next advisory vote on the compensation paid to our named executive officers will occur at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

As disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the company believes that its executive compensation program is reasonable, competitive and strongly focused on pay-for-performance principles. We design our compensation programs for executive officers to attract and retain outstanding leaders who possess the skills and talent necessary to achieve our business goals and objectives. Ultimately, our objective is to continue to create long-term stockholder value by generating strong overall revenue growth, market share increases, improvements in cost per treatment, operating income growth, operating margin growth, increases in earnings per share and improvement in our debt to equity ratio. In order to achieve this objective, we have established our compensation programs so they:

reward strong company performance;

align our executives’ interests with our stockholders’ interests; and

are competitive within the health care services, diagnostics and solutions market so that we can attract and retain outstanding executives.

The compensation of our named executive officers during fiscal 2012 is consistent with the following achievements and financial performance for 2012:

superior clinical outcomes in our kidney care business – we provided our best clinical outcomes for the thirteenth straight year, including lowest catheter rates ever at 13.9%, highest fistula in use rates ever at 64% and lowest gross mortality rate ever at 14.2%;

one-year total stockholder return (“TSR”) of 45.8%, compared to the median one-year TSR of 10.6% for our Global Industry Classification Standard group and the median one-year TSR of 19.5% for our comparator peer group;

the acquisition of HCP generated incremental operating income of $67 million in 2012 for the period commencing November 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012;

strong operating cash flow of $1,101 million;

consolidated net revenue growth of approximately 21.6%, of which 12.7% was generated by our U.S. dialysis operations;

normalized non-acquired treatment growth of 4.8% in our kidney care business;

an increase of approximately 12.5% in the overall number of dialysis treatments that we provided in our kidney care business; and

consolidated operating income growth of approximately 12.3%, including certain legal settlement and related expenses and transaction expenses associated with the HCP acquisition. Without these items, adjusted consolidated operating income would have increased by 22.4%*.

* See “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for reconciliation of this metric to the most closely comparable GAAP metric.

The Compensation Committee has developed and approved an executive compensation philosophy to provide a framework for the company’s executive compensation program featuring the following policies and practices:

strong pay-for-performance alignment, with equity awards ranging from 35% to 76% of our named executive officers’ compensation in 2012;

equity incentive plans that prohibit repricing or replacing underwater stock options or stock appreciation rights without prior stockholder approval;

addition of cash-based performance awards in 2012 under the long-term incentive program;

a stock ownership policy that requires our named executive officers to accumulate a meaningful ownership stake in the company over time to strengthen the alignment of our named executive officers’ and stockholders’ interests; and

a clawback policy that permits the Board to recover bonuses, incentive and equity-based compensation from executive officers and members of the Board whose fraud or intentional misconduct was a significant contributing factor to the company having to restate all or a portion of its financial statements.

This proposal gives our stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the overall compensation of our named executive officers and the philosophy, policies and practices described in this Proxy Statement. For the reasons discussed above, we are asking our stockholders to indicate their support for our named executive officer compensation by voting FOR the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

“RESOLVED, that the company’s stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the named executive officers, as disclosed in this Proxy Statement pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (which disclosure includes the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the Summary Compensation Table and the other related tables and disclosure).”

The say-on-pay vote is an advisory vote only, and therefore it will not bind the company or the Board. However, the Board and the Compensation Committee will consider the voting results as appropriate when making future decisions regarding executive compensation.

The Board recommends a vote FOR the approval of the advisory resolution relating to the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this Proxy Statement.

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Proposal 4  Approval of the Amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan

The DaVita Inc. 2011 Incentive Award Plan (the “2011 Plan”) was approved by the Board on April 13, 2011, subject to stockholder approval, as an amendment and restatement of the DaVita Inc. 2002 Equity Compensation Plan, as amended (the “2002 Plan”), and was approved by our stockholders and became effective on June 6, 2011. On March 21, 2013, the Board approved an amendment to the 2011 Plan, subject to stockholder approval at the Annual Meeting, to increase the number of shares authorized under the 2011 Plan by 8,500,000 (the “Amendment”).

The Amendment will become effective upon approval of the Amendment by our stockholders at the Annual Meeting. If the stockholders do not approve the Amendment, the 2011 Plan will continue in full force and effect with no increase in the existing number of authorized shares.

Introduction

Equity-based compensation has been a major component of our compensation programs. The Board believes that our capacity to grant equity-based compensation has been a significant factor in our ability to achieve our growth objectives and enhance stockholder value. The principal features of the 2011 Plan are summarized below, but the summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the 2011 Plan itself. The 2011 Plan, as amended and restated to incorporate the Amendment, is attached to this Proxy Statement as Appendix A.

Purpose

The purpose of the 2011 Plan is to promote our success and enhance our value by linking the individual interests of the members of the Board and our employees to those of our stockholders and by providing such individuals with an incentive for outstanding performance in order to generate superior returns for our stockholders. The 2011 Plan is further intended to provide us flexibility in our ability to motivate, attract, and retain the services of members of the Board, our employees and our consultants upon whose judgment, interest, and special effort the successful conduct of our operation is largely dependent. The 2011 Plan is designed to enable us to grant performance-based equity and cash awards that qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).

Proposed Amendment and Size of Share Pool

At the Annual Meeting, our stockholders will be asked to approve the Amendment, increasing the number of shares authorized under the 2011 Plan by 8,500,000. We believe, on the basis of current assumptions, that the approval of the Amendment will ensure that enough shares will be available for issuance under the 2011 Plan through approximately the end of 2017.

At the time the 2011 Plan became effective on June 6, 2011, there was no increase in the number of shares that had previously been authorized under the 2002 Plan. Since its inception in 2002, a cumulative aggregate of 38,678,338 (47,178,338 if the Amendment is approved by our stockholders) shares have been reserved under the 2002 Plan, including shares directly authorized under the plan, shares inherited from predecessor plans, and shares reserved under the plan from repurchases under a prior replenishment provision that was terminated in 2007. As of December 31, 2012, there were 6,765,321 stock-settled stock appreciation rights, 20,000 cash-settled stock appreciation rights, 582,527 stock-settled stock units and 3,867 cash-settled stock units outstanding, and 10,830,842 shares available for future grants under the 2011 Plan. For more information regarding the shares available for issuance under the 2011 Plan, see “Limitations on Awards and Shares Available” below.

The Board previously committed to our stockholders that over the three-year period that commenced on April 1, 2010, the company would not grant a number of shares subject to stock awards under the 2002 Plan or 2011 Plan, including stock options, SARs, restricted stock units or other stock awards, at an average annual rate greater than 4.02% of the number of shares of our common stock that we believe will be outstanding over such three-year period. This 4.02% rate was the average of the 2009 and 2010 three-year average median grant rate, including one standard deviation for the Russell 3000 companies in the company’s industry segment. Awards that are settled in cash, awards that are granted pursuant to stockholder approved exchange programs, awards sold under our Employee Stock Purchase Plan and awards assumed or substituted in business combination transactions will be excluded from our grant rate calculation. For purposes of calculating the number of shares granted, any Full Value Awards (i.e., restricted stock, restricted stock unit, performance share or any other award that does not have an exercise price per share at least equal to the per share fair market value of our common stock on the grant date) will count as equivalent to 3.0 shares. The company committed to publicly report its compliance with this three-year average annual grant rate commitment, and the data necessary to independently confirm it, in a public filing shortly after March 31, 2013.

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The status of the company’s compliance with this commitment through its completion on March 31, 2013 was as follows:

 

Gross award

shares granted*

Basic weighted average

shares outstanding**

Gross grant rate per period

 

Annual period April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011

2,272,882

99,743,903

2.28

%

Annual period April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012

2,361,892

94,046,041

2.51

%

Annual period April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013

3,528,281

98,685,924

3.58

%

Average annual grant rate April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2013

 

 

2.79

%

*

Total option-equivalent award shares granted in each period, treating full value awards as equivalent to 3.0 plan shares.

**

The average of weighted average shares outstanding for basic earnings per share calculations reported for each of the four quarters ended in the respective annual periods.

Under the terms of the 2011 Plan, the pool of shares may be used for all types of awards under a fungible pool formula. Pursuant to this fungible pool formula, the authorized share limit will be reduced by one share of our common stock for every one share subject to an option or stock appreciation right and three and one-half shares of our common stock for every one share subject to a Full Value Award.

Stockholder Approval Requirement

In general, stockholder approval of the Amendment is necessary in order for us to (1) continue to meet the stockholder approval requirements of the principal securities market on which shares of our common stock are traded and (2) continue to take tax deductions for certain compensation resulting from awards granted thereunder qualifying as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code.

Compensation and Governance Best Practices

The 2011 Plan authorizes the Compensation and Management Development Committee (or Compensation Committee) of the Board (or, if the Board determines, another committee of the Board) to provide equity-based compensation in the form of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units, restricted stock, performance-based awards, dividend equivalents, stock payments, deferred stock unit awards and deferred stock awards structured by the Compensation Committee within parameters set forth in the 2011 Plan, for the purpose of providing the members of the Board, our employees and our consultants and equity compensation, incentives and rewards for performance. The 2011 Plan reflects a broad range of compensation and governance best practices, with some of the key features of the 2011 Plan as follows:

Limitations on Grants. The maximum aggregate number of shares with respect to one or more awards that may be granted to any one person during any consecutive 12 month period is 2,250,000. However, this number may be adjusted to take into account equity restructurings and certain other corporate transactions as described below, the issuance of rights and certain other events described in the 2011 Plan, in addition to the share limitations described above under “Proposed Amendment and Size of Share Pool.”

No Repricing or Replacement of Options or Stock Appreciation Rights. The 2011 Plan prohibits, without stockholder approval: (i) the amendment of options or stock appreciation rights to reduce the exercise price, and (ii) the replacement of an option or stock appreciation right with cash or any other award when the price per share of the option or stock appreciation right exceeds the fair market value of the underlying shares, except with respect to any Substitute Award (as defined in “Limitation on Awards and Shares Available” below).

No In-the-Money Option or Stock Appreciation Right Grants. The 2011 Plan prohibits the grant of options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise or base price less than the fair market value, generally the closing price, of our common stock on the date of grant.

Section 162(m) Qualification. The 2011 Plan is designed to allow awards made under the 2011 Plan, including equity awards and incentive cash bonuses, to qualify as performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code.

Independent Administration. The Compensation Committee of the Board, which consists of only non-employee directors, generally administers the 2011 Plan, and only the Compensation Committee may make grants of awards to persons who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act and persons who are “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. The Compensation Committee may delegate certain of its duties and authorities to a subcommittee for awards to certain non-executive employees.

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Administration

The 2011 Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee. Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the Compensation Committee shall consist solely of two or more directors appointed by the Board, each of whom is an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, a “non-employee director” within the meaning of the rules under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and an “independent director” under the rules of the principal securities market on which shares of our common stock are traded. The Compensation Committee may delegate to a committee of one or more members of the Board or one or more of our officers the authority to grant or amend awards to participants other than our senior executives who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act, employees who are “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, and the regulations thereunder, or a member of the Board or an officer to whom authority has been delegated under the 2011 Plan to grant or amend awards.

The Board, acting by a majority of its members in office, has authority to administer the 2011 Plan with respect to awards granted to non-employee members of the Board, and the Compensation Committee has authority to administer the 2011 Plan to all other eligible individuals. References to Administrator in this Proposal No. 4 shall mean, as applicable, the full Board or the Compensation Committee as the entity to which the administration of the 2011 Plan has been delegated within the limits described in the 2011 Plan. Unless otherwise limited by the Board, the Administrator has the authority to administer the 2011 Plan with respect to grants of equity awards, including the power to determine eligibility, the types and sizes of awards, the price and timing of awards and the acceleration or waiver of any vesting restriction, as well as the authority to delegate such administrative responsibilities.

Eligibility

Persons currently eligible to participate in the 2011 Plan are eight non-employee directors, approximately 53,000 employees and a non-significant number of consultants (e.g., less than 10) of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, as determined by the Administrator.

Limitation on Awards and Shares Available

As of December 31, 2012, there were 6,765,321 stock-settled stock appreciation rights, 20,000 cash-settled stock appreciation rights, 582,527 stock-settled stock units and 3,867 cash-settled stock units outstanding, and 10,830,842 shares available for future grants, under the 2011 Plan. Since its inception in 2002, a cumulative aggregate of 38,678,338 (47,178,338 if the Amendment is approved by our stockholders) shares have been reserved under the 2002 Plan, as amended and restated by the 2011 Plan, including shares directly authorized under the plan, shares inherited from predecessor plans, and shares reserved under the plan from repurchases under a prior replenishment provision that was terminated in 2007. The shares of our common stock covered by the 2011 Plan may be shares in treasury, authorized but unissued shares, or shares purchased in the open market.

If any shares subject to an award under the 2011 Plan that is not a Full Value Award are forfeited or expire or such award is settled for cash, then any shares subject to such award may, to the extent of such forfeiture, expiration or cash settlement, be used again for new grants under the 2011 Plan. To the extent that a Full Value Award is forfeited or expires or such award is settled for cash, the shares available under the 2011 Plan will be increased by 3.5 shares subject to such Full Value Award. However, any shares tendered or withheld to satisfy the grant or exercise price or tax withholding obligation pursuant to any award and any shares subject to a stock appreciation right that are not issued in connection with the stock settlement of the stock appreciation right on its exercise may not be used again for new grants.

The payment of dividend equivalents in cash in conjunction with any outstanding awards will not be counted against the shares available for issuance under the 2011 Plan.

Awards granted under the 2011 Plan upon the assumption of, or in substitution for, outstanding equity awards previously granted by an entity in connection with a corporate transaction, such as a merger, combination, consolidation or acquisition of property or stock (but not awards made in connection with the cancellation and repricing of an option or stock appreciation right) will not reduce the shares authorized for grant under the 2011 Plan. Additionally, in the event that a company acquired by us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates or with which we or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates combines has shares available under a pre-existing plan approved by stockholders and not adopted in contemplation of such acquisition or combination, the shares available for grant pursuant to the terms of such pre-existing plan may be used for awards under the 2011 Plan and will not reduce the shares authorized for grant under the 2011 Plan, absent the acquisition or combination, and will only be made to individuals who were not employed by or providing services to us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates immediately prior to such acquisition or combination.

The maximum number of shares of our common stock that may be subject to one or more awards granted to any one participant pursuant to the 2011 Plan during any 12 month period is 2,250,000 and the maximum amount that may be paid in cash to any one participant during any calendar year is $10,000,000.

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Limitation on Full Value Award Vesting

Except as may be determined by the Administrator in the event of a consummation of a change of control, or the holder’s death, disability, or retirement, a Full Value Award will not become fully vested earlier than three years from the grant date (two years in the case of an employee who is not an executive of the company or in the case of performance-based Full Value Awards, over a period of not less than one year); provided, however, that notwithstanding the foregoing, Full Value Awards (a) that do not exceed in the aggregate 5% of the total number of shares available under the 2011 Plan will not be subject to the minimum vesting provisions and (b) the company may grant a Full Value Award to employees newly hired by the company or any of its subsidiaries without respect to such minimum vesting provisions.

Awards

The 2011 Plan provides for the grant of incentive stock options (“ISOs“), nonqualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units, restricted stock, performance-based awards, dividend equivalents, stock payments, deferred stock unit awards and deferred stock awards.

Stock options, including ISOs, as defined under Section 422 of the Code, and nonqualified stock options may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. The option exercise price of all stock options granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan will not be less than 100% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant. In general, the fair market value shall be the closing sales price for a share of our common stock as quoted on the principal securities market on which shares of our common stock are traded on the date of grant, which as of April 19, 2013 was $122.62. Stock options may vest and become exercisable as determined by the Administrator, but in no event may a stock option have a term extending beyond the fifth anniversary of the date of grant. ISOs granted to any person who owns, as of the date of grant, stock possessing more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock, however, shall have an exercise price that is not less than 110% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant and may not have a term extending beyond the fifth anniversary of the date of grant. The aggregate fair market value of the shares with respect to which options intended to be ISOs are exercisable for the first time by an employee in any calendar year may not exceed $100,000, or such other amount as Section 422 of the Code provides.

Stock appreciation rights may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. A stock appreciation right entitles its holder, upon exercise of all or a portion of the stock appreciation right (the number of shares of which are the “base shares”), to receive from us an amount determined by multiplying the difference obtained by subtracting the exercise or base price per share of the stock appreciation right from the fair market value at the time of exercise of the stock appreciation right by the number of shares with respect to which the stock appreciation right has been exercised (in the event the stock appreciation right is settled in shares, the shares obtained are the “gain shares”), subject to any limitations imposed by the Administrator. The exercise or base price per share subject to a stock appreciation right will be set by the Administrator, but may not be less than 100% of the fair market value on the date the stock appreciation right is granted. The Administrator determines the period during which the right to exercise the stock appreciation right vests in the holder, but in no event may a stock appreciation right have a term extending beyond the fifth anniversary of the date of grant. No portion of a stock appreciation right which is unexercisable at the time the holder’s employment with us terminates will thereafter become exercisable, except as may be otherwise provided by the Administrator. Payment pursuant to the stock appreciation right awards may be in cash, shares, or a combination of both, as determined by the Administrator.

Restricted stock units may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. A restricted stock unit award provides for the issuance of our common stock at a future date upon the satisfaction of specific conditions set forth in the applicable award agreement. The Administrator will specify the dates on which the restricted stock units will become fully vested and nonforfeitable, and may specify such conditions to vesting as it deems appropriate, including conditions based on achieving one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria, including service to us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates. Restricted stock units may not be sold, or otherwise hypothecated or transferred, and a holder of restricted stock units will not have voting rights or dividend rights prior to the time when the vesting conditions are satisfied and the shares of common stock are issued. Restricted stock units generally will be forfeited and the underlying shares of our common stock will not be issued, if the applicable vesting conditions are not met. The Administrator will specify, or permit the restricted stock unit holder to elect, the conditions and dates upon which the shares underlying the vested restricted stock units will be issued (subject to compliance with the deferred compensation requirements of Section 409A of the Code). Restricted stock units may be paid in cash, shares, or both, as determined by the Administrator. On the distribution dates, we will transfer to the participant one unrestricted, fully transferable share of our common stock (or the fair market value of one such share in cash) for each restricted stock unit scheduled to be paid out on such date and not previously forfeited. Restricted stock units may constitute, or provide for a deferral of compensation, subject to Section 409A of the Code and there may be certain tax consequences if the requirements of Section 409A of the Code are not met.

Restricted stock may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. A restricted stock award is the grant of shares of our common stock at a price determined by the Administrator, if any, to be paid by the holder to us with respect to any restricted stock award, with cash, services or any other consideration that the Administrator deems acceptable, subject to the requirements of law, and which is nontransferable and may be subject to substantial risk of forfeiture until specific conditions are met. Conditions may be based on continuing service to us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates or achieving one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria. During the period of restriction, participants holding shares of restricted stock have full voting and dividend rights with respect to such shares unless otherwise provided by the Administrator. In addition, with respect to a share of restricted stock with performance-based vesting, dividends which are paid prior to vesting shall only be paid out to the holder to the extent that the performance-based vesting conditions are subsequently satisfied and the share of restricted stock vests. Restricted stock generally may be repurchased by us at the original purchase price, if any, or forfeited, if the vesting conditions and other restrictions are not met. The restrictions will lapse in accordance with a schedule or other conditions determined by the Administrator.

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Dividend equivalents may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan, except that no dividend equivalents may be payable with respect to options or stock appreciation rights pursuant to the 2011 Plan. A dividend equivalent is the right to receive the equivalent value of dividends paid on shares. Dividend equivalents that are granted by the Administrator are credited as of dividend payments dates during the period between the date an award is granted and the date such award vests, is exercised, is distributed or expires, as determined by the Administrator. Such dividend equivalents will be converted to cash or additional shares of our common stock by such formula, at such time and subject to such limitations as may be determined by the Administrator. In addition, dividend equivalents with respect to an award with performance-based vesting that are based on dividends paid prior to vesting shall only be paid out to the holder to the extent that the performance-based vesting conditions are subsequently satisfied and the award vests.

Stock payments may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. A stock payment is a payment in the form of shares of our common stock or an option or other right to purchase shares, as part of a bonus, deferred compensation or other arrangement. The number or value of shares of any stock payment will be determined by the Administrator and may be based on continuing service with us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates or achieving one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria determined by the Administrator. Except as otherwise determined by the Administrator, shares underlying a stock payment which is subject to a vesting schedule or other conditions set by the Administrator will not be issued until those conditions have been satisfied. Stock payments may, but are not required to, be made in lieu of base salary, bonus, fees or other cash compensation otherwise payable to any individual who is eligible to receive awards.

Deferred stock units may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. The number of deferred stock units will be determined by the Administrator and may be based on continuing service with us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates or achieving one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria determined by the Administrator, in each case on a specified date or dates or over any period or periods determined by the Administrator. Each deferred stock unit entitles its holder to receive one share of common stock on the date the deferred stock unit becomes vested or upon a specified settlement date thereafter. Except as otherwise determined by the Administrator, shares underlying a deferred stock unit award which is subject to a vesting schedule or other conditions set by the Administrator will not be issued until those conditions have been satisfied. Unless otherwise provided by the Administrator, a holder of deferred stock units shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to such deferred stock units until the award of deferred stock units has vested and any other applicable conditions and/or criteria have been satisfied and the shares of common stock underlying the award have been issued to the holder.

Deferred stock may be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. Deferred stock provides for the deferred issuance to the holder of shares of our common stock. The number of shares of deferred stock will be determined by the Administrator and may be based on continuing service with us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates or achieving one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria determined by the Administrator, in each case on a specified date or dates or over any period or periods determined by the Administrator. Except as otherwise determined by the Administrator, shares underlying a deferred stock award which is subject to a vesting schedule or other conditions set by the Administrator will not be issued until those conditions have been satisfied. Deferred stock may constitute, or provide for a deferral of compensation, subject to Section 409A of the Code and there may be certain tax consequences if the requirements of Section 409 A of the Code are not met.

Performance awards may also be granted pursuant to the 2011 Plan. Performance awards may be granted in the form of cash bonus awards, stock bonus awards, performance awards or incentive awards that are paid in cash, shares, equity awards or a combination of cash, shares or equity awards. The value of performance awards may be linked to any one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria determined by the Administrator, in each case on a specified date or dates or over any period or periods determined by the Administrator. Performance awards may be payable upon the attainment of pre-established performance goals based on one or more of the performance criteria listed below, or other specific criteria determined by the Administrator. The goals are established and evaluated by the Administrator and may relate to performance over any periods as determined by the Administrator. The Administrator will also determine whether performance awards are intended to be performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 1 62(m) of the Code. Following is a brief discussion of the requirements for awards to be treated as performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code.

Performance-based compensation under Section 162(m). The Compensation Committee may grant awards to employees who are or may be “covered employees,” as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code, that are intended to be performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code in order to preserve the deductibility of these awards for, federal income tax purposes. Under the 2011 Plan, these performance-based awards may be stock, equity, or cash awards or a combination. Participants are only entitled to receive payment for a Section 162(m) performance-based award for any given performance period to the extent that pre-established performance goals set by our Compensation Committee for the period are satisfied. These pre-established performance goals must be based on one or more of the following performance criteria:

net earnings (either before or after interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization);

gross or net sales or revenue;

net income (either before or after taxes);

adjusted net income;

operating earnings or profit;

cash flow (including, but not limited to, operating cash flow and free cash flow);

return on assets;

return on capital;

return on stockholders’ equity;

total stockholder return;

return on sales;

gross or net profit or operating margin;

costs;

funds from operations;

expenses;

working capital;

earnings per share;

adjusted earnings per share;

price per share of our common stock;

regulatory body approval for commercialization of a product;

implementation or completion of critical projects;

market share; and

economic value,

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any of which may be measured with respect to us, or any subsidiary, affiliate or other internal unit of ours, either in absolute terms, terms of growth or as compared to any incremental increase, or as compared to results of a peer group. The Compensation Committee will define in an objective fashion the manner of calculating the performance criteria it selects to use for such awards. With regard to a particular performance period, the Compensation Committee has the discretion to select the length of the performance period, the type of performance-based awards to be granted, and the performance goals that will be used to measure the performance for the period. In determining the actual size of an individual performance-based award for a performance period, the Compensation Committee may reduce or eliminate (but not increase) the initial award. Generally, a participant will have to be employed by or providing services to us on the date the performance-based award is paid to be eligible for a performance-based award for any period.

Except as provided by the Compensation Committee, the achievement of each performance goal will be determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, international financial reporting standards, or such other accounting principles or standards as may apply to our financial statements under the U.S. federal securities laws from time to time, to the extent applicable. At the time of grant, the Compensation Committee may provide that objectively determinable adjustments will be made for purposes of determining the achievement of one or more of the performance goals established for an award. Any such adjustments will be based on one or more of the following:

items related to a change in accounting principle;

items relating to financing activities;

expenses for restructuring or productivity initiatives;

other non-operating items;

items related to acquisitions;

items attributable to the business operations of any entity acquired by us during the performance period;

items related to the disposal of a business or segment of a business;

items related to discontinued operations that do not qualify as a segment of a business under applicable accounting standards;

items attributable to any stock dividend, stock split, combination or exchange of shares occurring during the performance period;

any other items of significant income or expense which are determined to be appropriate adjustments;

items relating to unusual or extraordinary corporate transactions, events or developments;

items related to amortization of acquired intangible assets;

items that are outside the scope of our core, on-going business activities;

items related to acquired in-process research and development;

items relating to changes in tax laws;

items relating to major licensing or partnership arrangements;

items relating to asset impairment charges;

items relating to gains or losses for litigation, arbitration and contractual settlements; or

items relating to any other unusual or nonrecurring events or changes in applicable laws, accounting principles or business conditions.

Payment Methods. The Administrator will determine the methods by which payments by any award holder with respect to any awards granted under the 2011 Plan may be paid, the form of payment, including, without limitation: (1) cash or check; (2) shares of our common stock issuable pursuant to the award or held for such period of time as may be required by the Administrator in order to avoid adverse accounting consequences and having a fair market value at the time of delivery equal to the aggregate payments required; (3) other property acceptable to the Administrator (including through the delivery of a notice that the award holder has placed a market sell order with a broker with respect to shares of our common stock then issuable upon exercise or vesting of an award, and that the broker has been directed to pay a sufficient portion of the net proceeds of the sale to us in satisfaction of the aggregate payments required; provided that payment of such proceeds is then made to us upon settlement of such sale); or (4) other form of legal consideration acceptable to the Administrator. However, no participant who is a member of the Board or an “executive officer” of the company within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act will be permitted to make payment with respect to any awards granted under the 2011 Plan, or continue any extension of credit with respect to such payment in any method which would violate the prohibitions on loans made or arranged by us as set forth in Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act. Only whole shares of common stock may be purchased or issued pursuant to an award. No fractional shares shall be issued and the Administrator shall determine, in its sole discretion, whether cash shall be given in lieu of fractional shares or whether such fractional shares shall be eliminated by rounding down.

Vesting and Exercise of an Award. The applicable award agreement governing an award will contain the period during which the right to exercise the award in whole or in part vests, including the events or conditions upon which the vesting of an award will occur or may accelerate. No portion of an award which is not vested at the holder’s termination of service with us will subsequently become vested, except as may be otherwise provided by the Administrator in the agreement relating to the award or by action following the grant of the award.

Generally, a stock appreciation right may only be exercised while such person remains an employee or non-employee director of us or one of our subsidiaries or affiliates or for a specified period of time (up to the remainder of the award term) following the holder’s termination of service with us or one of our subsidiaries or affiliates. An award may be exercised for any vested portion of the shares subject to such award until the award expires. Upon the grant of an award or following the grant of an award, the Administrator may provide that the period during which the award will vest or become exercisable will accelerate, in whole or in part, upon the occurrence of one or more specified events, including, a change in control or a holder’s termination of employment or service with us or otherwise.

Transferability. No award under the 2011 Plan may be transferred other than by will or the then applicable laws of descent and distribution or, subject to the consent of the Administrator, pursuant to a domestic relations order, unless and until such award has been exercised or the shares underlying such award have been issued and all restrictions applicable to such shares have lapsed. No award shall be liable for the debts or contracts of the holder or his successors in interest or shall be subject to disposition by any legal or equitable proceedings. During the lifetime of the holder of an award granted under the 2011 Plan, only such holder may exercise such award unless it has been disposed of pursuant to a domestic relations order. After the holder’s death, any exercisable portion of an award may be exercised by his personal representative or any person empowered to do so under such holder’s will or the then applicable laws of descent and distribution until such portion becomes unexercisable under the 2011 Plan or the applicable award agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Administrator may permit an award holder to transfer an award other than an ISO to any “family member” of the holder, as defined under the instructions to use of the Form S-8 Registration Statement under the Securities Act of 1933, subject to certain terms and conditions. Further, an award holder may, in a manner determined by the Administrator, designate a beneficiary to exercise the holder’s right and to receive any distribution with respect to any award upon the holder’s death, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Forfeiture, Recoupment and Clawback Provisions. Pursuant to its general authority to determine the terms and conditions applicable to awards under the 2011 Plan, the Administrator shall have the right to provide, in an award agreement or otherwise, or to require a holder to agree by separate written instrument, that (a) (i) any economic benefit received by the holder upon any receipt or exercise of the award, or upon the receipt or resale of any shares of common stock underlying the award, must be paid to the company, and (ii) the award shall terminate and any unexercised portion of the award shall be forfeited, if (x) a termination of service occurs within a specific time period following receipt or exercise, (y) the holder at any time, or during a specified time period, engages in any activity in competition with the company, or which is contrary to the interests of the company, or (z) the holder incurs a termination of service for “cause” (as determined in the Administrator’s discretion or as set forth in a written agreement between the company and the holder); and (b) all awards (including any economic benefit received by the holder upon any receipt or exercise of any award or upon the receipt or resale of any shares of common stock underlying the award) shall be subject to the provisions of any recoupment or clawback policies implemented by the company, including, without limitation, any recoupment or clawback policies adopted to comply with the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder, to the extent set forth in such recoupment or clawback policies and/or in the applicable award agreement.

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Adjustment Provisions

Certain transactions with our stockholders not involving our receipt of consideration, such as stock splits, spin-offs, stock dividends or certain recapitalizations may affect the shares or the share price of our common stock (which transactions are referred to collectively as equity restructurings). In the event that an equity restructuring occurs, the Administrator will equitably adjust the class of shares issuable and the maximum number and kind of shares of our common stock subject to the 2011 Plan, and will equitably adjust outstanding awards as to the class, number of shares and price per share of our common stock. The Administrator will also adjust the number and kind of shares for which automatic grants are subsequently to be made to new and continuing non-employee directors pursuant to the 2011 Plan. Other types of transactions may also affect our common stock, such as a dividend or other distribution, reorganization, merger or other changes in corporate structure. In the event that there is such a transaction, which is not an equity restructuring, and the Administrator determines that an adjustment to the 2011 Plan and any outstanding awards would be appropriate to prevent any dilution or enlargement of benefits under the 2011 Plan, the Administrator will equitably adjust the 2011 Plan as to the class of shares issuable and the maximum number of shares of our common stock subject to the 2011 Plan, as well as the maximum number of shares that may be issued to an employee during any calendar year, and will adjust any outstanding awards as to the class, number of shares, and price per share of our common stock in such manner as it may deem equitable.

Amendment and Termination

The Board may terminate, amend or modify the 2011 Plan at any time; however, except to the extent permitted by the 2011 Plan in connection with certain changes in capital structure, stockholder approval must be obtained for any amendment to (i) increase the number of shares available under the 2011 Plan, (ii) reduce the per share exercise price of the shares subject to any option or stock appreciation right below the per share exercise price as of the date the option or stock appreciation right was granted, and (iii) cancel any option or stock appreciation right in exchange for cash or another award when the option or stock appreciation right price per share exceeds the fair market value of the underlying shares, except with respect to any Substitute Award.

Federal Income Tax Consequences

The following is a brief summary of certain United States federal income tax consequences generally arising with respect to awards under the 2011 Plan. This discussion does not address all aspects of the United States federal income tax consequences of participating in the 2011 Plan that may be relevant to participants in light of their personal investment or tax circumstances and does not discuss any state, local or non-United States tax consequences of participating in the 2011 Plan. Each participant is advised to consult his or her particular tax advisor concerning the application of the United States federal income tax laws to such participant’s particular situation, as well as the applicability and effect of any state, local or non-United States tax laws before taking any actions with respect to any awards.

If an optionee is granted a non-qualified stock option under the 2011 Plan, the optionee should not have taxable income on the grant of the option. Generally, the optionee should recognize ordinary income at the time of exercise in an amount equal to the fair market value of the shares of our common stock purchased at such time, less the exercise price paid. The optionee’s basis in the common stock for purposes of determining gain or loss on a subsequent sale or disposition of such shares generally will be the fair market value of our common stock at the time the optionee exercises such option. Any subsequent gain or loss will be taxable as a capital gain or loss. We or our subsidiaries or affiliates generally should be entitled to a federal income tax deduction at the time and for the same amount as the optionee recognizes ordinary income.

A participant receiving ISOs will not recognize taxable income upon grant. Additionally, if applicable holding period requirements are met, the participant will not recognize taxable income at the time of exercise. However, the excess of the fair market value of the shares of our common stock purchased over the exercise price constitutes alternative minimum taxable income potentially subject to the alternative minimum tax. If stock acquired upon exercise of an ISO is held for a minimum of two years from the date of grant and one year from the date of exercise, the gain or loss (in an amount equal to the difference between the fair market value at the time of sale and the exercise price) upon disposition of the stock will be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss, and we will not be entitled to any deduction. If, however, stock acquired upon exercise of an ISO is disposed of within the above-described period, then in the year of that disposition the participant will recognize compensation taxable as ordinary income equal to the excess of the lesser of (i) the amount realized upon that disposition and (ii) the fair market value of the stock on the date of exercise over the exercise price, and we or our subsidiaries or affiliates generally should be entitled to a federal income tax deduction at the time and for the same amount as the optionee recognizes ordinary income.

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The current federal income tax consequences of other awards authorized under the 2011 Plan generally follow certain basic patterns: stock appreciation rights are taxed and deductible in substantially the same manner as nonqualified stock options; nontransferable restricted stock subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture results in income recognition equal to the excess of the fair market value of the stock over the price paid, if any, only at the time the restrictions lapse (unless the recipient elects to accelerate recognition as of the date of grant); restricted stock units, stock-based performance awards, dividend equivalents and other types of awards are generally subject to tax at the time of settlement based on the amount of cash paid and the fair market value of the stock transferred at such time. Compensation otherwise effectively deferred is taxed when paid. In each of the foregoing cases, we or our subsidiaries or affiliates will generally have a corresponding deduction at the time the participant recognizes income, subject to Section 162(m) of the Code with respect to covered employees.

Section 162(m) of the Code denies a deduction to any publicly held corporation for compensation paid to certain “covered employees” in a taxable year to the extent that compensation to such covered employee exceeds $1,000,000. It is possible that compensation attributable to awards under the 2011 Plan, when combined with all other types of compensation received by a covered employee from us, may cause this limitation to be exceeded in any particular year.

Qualified “performance-based compensation” is disregarded for purposes of the deduction limitation. In accordance with Treasury Regulations issued under Section 162(m), compensation attributable to stock awards will generally qualify as performance-based compensation if (1) the award is granted by a compensation committee composed solely of two or more “outside directors,” (2) the plan contains a per-employee limitation on the number of awards which may be granted during a specified period, (3) the plan is approved by the stockholders, and (4) under the terms of the award, the amount of compensation an employee could receive is based solely on an increase in the value of the stock after the date of the grant (which requires that the exercise or base price of the option or stock appreciation right is not less than the fair market value of the stock on the date of grant), and for awards other than options and stock appreciation rights, established performance criteria must be met before the award actually will vest or be paid.

The 2011 Plan is designed to meet the requirements of Section 162(m); however, awards other than options and stock appreciation rights granted under the 2011 Plan will only be treated as qualified performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) if the awards and the procedures associated with them comply with all other requirements of Section 162(m). There can be no assurance that compensation attributable to awards granted under the 2011 Plan will be treated as qualified performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) and thus be deductible to us.

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Aggregate Prior Equity Grants as of March 31, 2013

The following table sets forth summary information concerning the number of shares of our common stock subject to equity grants made under the 2002 Plan and 2011 Plan to our named executive officers, directors, director nominees and employees as of March 31, 2013. Any other future awards to be received by any individual or group under the 2011 Plan are not fully determinable at this time and will depend on individual and corporate performance and other determinations to be made by the Administrator.

Individual or Group

Number of Shares

Underlying SSAR/

Option Grants

Number of Shares

Underlying Stock

Unit Awards

Kent J. Thiry, Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

6,000,000

184,564

Dr. Robert J. Margolis, Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HealthCare Partners

Dennis L. Kogod, Chief Operating Officer

1,346,250

78,966

Javier J. Rodriguez, President

1,205,250

66,466

Luis A. Borgen, Former Chief Financial Officer

80,000

15,000

James K. Hilger, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer

319,500

6,483

Kim M. Rivera, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

143,800

8,241

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr., Senior Vice President

486,400

16,200

All current executive officers as a group

9,581,200

375,920

All current non-employee directors as a group

856,425

83,031

Pamela M. Arway

51,000

4,108

Charles G. Berg

77,786

6,229

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson

27,000

2,147

Paul J. Diaz

63,000

4,394

Peter T. Grauer

189,000

23,144

John M. Nehra

162,000

15,647

Dr. William L. Roper

189,000

20,434

Roger J. Valine

97,639

6,928

Each associate of any such directors, executive officers or nominees

Each other person who received or is to receive 5% of such options, warrants or rights

All employees, including current officers who are not executive officers, as a group

19,212,822

1,101,663

Equity Compensation Plan Information

The following table provides information about our common stock that may be issued upon the exercise of stock-settled stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units and other rights under all of our existing equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2012, which consist of our 2011 Incentive Award Plan (formerly known as our 2002 Equity Compensation Plan) and our Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The material terms of these plans are described in Note 17 to the consolidated financial statements, which are part of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Plan category

Number of shares

to be issued

upon exercise

of outstanding

options, warrants

and rights

Weighted-

average

exercise price

of outstanding

options, warrants

and rights

Number of shares

remaining available for

future issuance under

equity compensation

plans (excluding securities

reflected in column (a))

Total of

shares

reflected in

columns (a)

and (c)

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders

7,347,848

$

68.74

11,517,010

18,864,858

Equity compensation plans not requiring stockholder approval

 

TOTAL

7,347,848

$

68.74

11,517,010

18,864,858

The Board recommends a vote FOR the approval of the Amendment to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan.

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Proposal 5  Stockholder Proposal Regarding Executive Pay

We expect the following proposal to be presented by a stockholder at the annual meeting. The Board has recommended a vote AGAINST this proposal for the reasons set forth following the proposal. The name, address and share holdings of the stockholder proponent will be supplied promptly to a stockholder upon the company’s receipt of an oral or written request. The Board disclaims any responsibility for the content of the proposal and the statement in support of the proposal, which are presented in the form received by the stockholder.

Stockholder Proposal and Supporting Statement

Limit Accelerated Executive Pay

Resolved: Shareholders ask our board of directors to adopt a policy that in the event of a change in control (as defined under any applicable employment agreement, equity incentive plan or other plan), there shall be no acceleration of vesting of any equity award granted to any senior executive, provided, however, that our board’s Compensation Committee may provide in an applicable grant or purchase agreement that any unvested award will vest on a partial, pro rata basis up to the time of the senior executive’s termination, with such qualifications for an award as the Committee may determine.

For purposes of this Policy, “equity award” means an award granted under an equity incentive plan as defined in Item 402 of the SEC’s Regulation S-K, which addresses executive pay. This resolution shall be implemented so as not affect any contractual rights in existence on the date this proposal is adopted.

The vesting of equity pay over a period of time is intended to promote long-term improvements in performance. The link between executive pay and long-term performance can be severed if such pay is made on an accelerated schedule.

This proposal should also be evaluated in the context of our Company’s overall corporate governance as reported in 2012:

GMI/The Corporate Library, an independent investment research firm, had rated our company “D” continuously since 2010 with “High Governance Risk.” Also “High Concern” for Executive Pay — $17 million for our CEO Kent Thiry.

Our company, under the leadership of John Nehra as the chairman of our executive pay committee, gave a number of discretionary bonuses to our highest paid executives, including $890,000 to Chief Legal Officer Kim Rivera. Similarly, annual bonuses were discretionary based. Discretionary bonuses undermine pay-for-performance. Perhaps it was not a surprise that Mr. Nehra received our highest negative votes — more than 15-times as many negative votes as 4 of our directors.

Long-term incentive pay for our highest paid executives continued to be time-vesting equity pay in the form of stock-settled stock appreciation rights (or SSARs, similar to stock options) that simply vested over time without job performance requirements. Mr. Thiry received a mega-grant of 500,000 SSARs with a grant date value of $12 million and also gained $24 million from the exercise of 765,000 SSARs. Equity pay given as a long-term incentive should include job performance requirements. Mr. Thiry also received $477,000 for personal travel via corporate jet.

Four directors had 11 to 18 years long-tenure, including John Nehra and Peter Grauer, our Lead Director, a position that demands a higher level of independence. GM1 said director independence erodes after 10-years. Long-tenure could hinder director ability to provide effective oversight. A more independent perspective would be a priceless asset for our directors.

Almost our entire board was on our nomination committee. This negated the benefit of the more typical, smaller committee structure that adds an additional layer of review on major decisions.

Please vote to protect shareholder value:

Limit Accelerated Executive Pay - Proposal 5

The Company’s Statement in Opposition to Proposal No. 5

The Board recommends that you vote AGAINST this proposal for the following reasons:

The proposal would create potential conflicts of interest by disrupting the alignment of the interests of our company’s management with the interests of our stockholders. Our treatment of outstanding equity awards in the event of a change in control serves the best interests of our stockholders by creating retention incentives that enable executives to avoid potential personal conflicts of interest at a critical time for the company. The proposal would eliminate our ability to provide reasonable assurance to key executives that they would realize the expected value of their equity awards in connection with a change in control transaction. The company’s executive compensation program, which is discussed at length in this Proxy Statement under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” emphasizes compensation based on performance and is designed to align the interests of our executives with those of our stockholders by providing a significant portion of total compensation in the form of stock based awards. Putting key executives’ compensation at risk if the company were to experience a change in control could create a conflict of interest where the company is pursuing a transaction believed to be in the best interest of stockholders. We believe that providing accelerated vesting of equity awards in an acquisition or merger scenario provides the necessary incentive to ensure that executives stay with the company through such period of uncertainty and remain focused and motivated on achieving business objectives and securing the maximum value for our stockholders, rather than penalizing them with a loss of their incentive compensation.

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Accelerated vesting of equity awards upon a change in control provides our executives with the same opportunities as the company’s stockholders. Our stockholders are free to sell their stock at the time of the change in control and realize, in full, the value created at the time of the transaction. Without accelerated vesting, or with pro rata vesting as provided for in the proposal, our executives would not have the opportunity to realize the full value of their equity awards and participate with our stockholders in the value created upon a change in control. We believe that the value created upon a change in control is attributable, in part, to the efforts and talents of our executives, and therefore, accelerated vesting is appropriate in such instances. Accelerated vesting helps incentivize executives to maximize stockholder value thereby further aligning the interests of management with our stockholders.

The proposal could impair the company’s ability to attract and retain key executives, placing us at a competitive disadvantage. Stock-based awards are part of our carefully balanced compensation package designed to attract and retain the very best talent. The awards contain vesting and other provisions that tie compensation to the long-term performance of the company and the interests of its stockholders. Because equity compensation is the largest element of compensation for our executive officers, the company’s stock makes up a substantial proportion of their net worth. The company believes that adopting the type of restriction in this proposal would place us at a competitive disadvantage in attracting and retaining key executives, particularly if a change in control transaction is pending or contemplated. As noted above, retaining key executives while a change in control transaction is pending can be particularly important, since the loss of such executives could adversely affect our business or operations if the transaction is not completed. In addition, a majority of our peers have no policy eliminating the accelerated vesting of equity upon a change in control. Moreover, the risk of job loss along with a loss of significant equity awards in connection with a change in control may present an unnecessary distraction for our executives.

Our ability to implement accelerated vesting upon a change in control has already been approved by our stockholders and is the predominant practice across large public companies. Equity awards are granted under the stockholder approved 2011 Incentive Award Plan, the terms of which specifically provide discretion to our Compensation Committee to accelerate vesting upon a change in control. Our current equity award agreements under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan provide for accelerated vesting for all plan participants, not just senior executives, upon a change in control when employment is terminated or the award is not assumed, converted or replaced. Such vesting is referred to as a double trigger. We note that the vast majority of S&P 500 companies provide single- or double-trigger accelerated vesting of equity upon a change in control without pro-ration. Therefore, adoption of this proposal would place our executives in a worse position than that of executives at most other large public companies, impairing our ability to attract and retain highly qualified executives. Moreover, the proposal’s focus on ‘senior executives’ being treated differently than all other participants who receive equity awards under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan serves no legitimate stockholder interest and undermines our recruitment and retention efforts, which are key to our long term success.

Accelerated vesting upon a change in control does not sever the pay-for-performance link or stockholder alignment. We agree that the vesting of equity over a period of time is intended to promote long-term improvements in performance. However, we believe our current policies and programs achieve this goal effectively without further limiting the conditions under which such equity may accelerate as sought by this proposal. Equity awards are inherently performance-based in that the rewards to executives increase as the company’s stock price increases, and vice versa. As such, accelerating vesting does not eliminate the performance-based aspect of such awards. Furthermore, accelerated vesting of equity awards provides a strong retention incentive through the consummation of a potential transaction where acceleration does not occur unless the executive remains employed through the transaction’s closing. Putting executives in a position to lose the opportunity to earn these awards undermines the pay-for-performance philosophy.

For these reasons, the Board recommends that you vote AGAINST this proposal.

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Proposal 6  Stockholder Proposal Regarding Lobbying

We expect the following proposal to be presented by a stockholder at the annual meeting. The Board has recommended a vote AGAINST this proposal for the reasons set forth following the proposal. The name, address and share holdings of the stockholder proponent will be supplied promptly to a stockholder upon the company’s receipt of an oral or written request. The Board disclaims any responsibility for the content of the proposal and the statement in support of the proposal, which are presented in the form received by the stockholder.

Stockholder Proposal

Resolved, the shareholders of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (“DaVita”) request the Board authorize the preparation of a report, updated semiannually, disclosing:

1.

Policies and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect, and grassroots lobbying communications.

2.

Payments by DaVita used for (a) direct or indirect lobbying or (b) grassroots lobbying communications, in each case including the amount of the payment and the recipient.

3.

DaVita’s membership in and payments to any tax-exempt organization that writes and endorses model legislation.

4.

The decision making process and oversight by management and the Board for making payments described in sections 2 and 3 above.

For purposes of this proposal, a “grassroots lobbying communication” is a communication directed to the general public that (a) refers to specific legislation or regulation, (b) reflects a view on the legislation or regulation and (c) encourages the recipient of the communication to take action with respect to the legislation or regulation. “Indirect lobbying” is lobbying engaged in by a trade association or other organization of which DaVita is a member.

Both “direct and indirect lobbying” and “grassroots lobbying communications” include efforts at the local, state and federal levels.

The report shall be presented to the Public Policy Committee or other relevant Board oversight committees and posted on the company’s website.

Supporting Statement

While corporations can lobby legislators and regulators on policy matters, company assets could be used to pursue activities contrary to the long-term interests of DaVita and its shareholders without a robust system of transparency and accountability.

The use of corporate resources to influence legislation and regulation both directly and indirectly may generate significant risks to a company and its shareholders, such as when lobbying supports positions or activities that are misaligned with the company’s business strategy or values. Companies like DaVita that earn a significant portion of revenue from government payors also may incur additional regulatory and reputational risks when corporate resources are used to support controversial issues or organizations, even if such support is unintentional.

Public disclosures reveal that DaVita has spent over $9 million on federal lobbying since 2010. This figure may not include grassroots lobbying, nor do all states require lobbying expenditure disclosure. DaVita does not publicly disclose memberships in trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It is unclear if the Public Policy Committee, which is responsible for government relations, performs basic oversight duties including regularly reviewing direct and indirect lobbying expenditures and grassroots lobbying communications. DaVita’s Code of Conduct states that DaVita will consult its compliance, public policy, or legal teams before making political contributions but it does not elaborate further and lobbying is not referenced (Code of Conduct at 24).

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The Company’s Statement in Opposition to Proposal No. 6

The Board recommends that you vote AGAINST this proposal for the following reasons:

The additional disclosure sought by the proposal would impose unnecessary burden with no corresponding stockholder value. We believe that our current policies governing political contributions and lobbying, the legally mandated federal and state disclosure requirements and our voluntary disclosure on our website provide sufficient transparency and information regarding our lobbying activity. Collecting and publishing the additional information requested by the proposal would not meaningfully enhance the public disclosure already available to our stockholders, and would instead require additional expenditures of corporate resources without commensurate stockholder benefit.

We voluntarily disclose our policies and procedures related to lobbying. We voluntarily disclose a detailed explanation of our policies and procedures related to the company’s lobbying under the Corporate Governance section of our website, located at http://www.davita.com/about/corporate-governance. In particular, our Government Affairs team has established written internal policies and procedures regarding our corporate political giving and lobbying expenses, which are reflected in part in our Code of Conduct. Our political spending includes federal and state lobbying, corporate political donations to state candidates for office and political donations to federal candidates through the DaVita Political Action Committee (DaPAC). Our Board’s Public Policy Committee, which is composed entirely of independent directors, monitors our government affairs activity and political spending and receives regular reports from senior management on these matters.

We provide extensive disclosure in compliance with existing federal and state laws relating to lobbying. Our lobbying activities in the United States are strictly regulated by federal, state and local lobbying laws. Each governing jurisdiction determines its own regulation regarding lobbying compliance and also establishes the policies and guidelines associated with reporting and disclosure. We utilize our internal and external legal resources to ensure compliance with the letter and spirit of each of these laws. We separately file publicly available lobbying disclosure forms and campaign finance reports on a quarterly basis for spending by our company and DaPAC. The company files federal lobbying reports quarterly with the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. These reports are publicly available at http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/ and disclose total corporate expenditures related to lobbying and issues lobbied. We already comply with existing regulations on disclosure and reporting of lobbying activity that are publicly available to stockholders, and the additional disclosure sought would result in an unnecessary and unproductive use of the company’s resources.

The disclosure sought by the proposal has the potential to adversely impact our stockholders. Elected representatives and regulators at all levels of government make laws and regulations that can and do affect our business and more importantly, our patients. Our public policy priorities and lobbying efforts are focused on advancing the interests of our patients and the legitimate business interests of our company and stockholders. In order to effectively advocate for the company’s and stockholders’ interests, as well as our patients’ interests, we believe we must actively participate in the political process by supporting candidates whose views are aligned with these interests. This proposal seeks to impose requirements that are not required by law and are not standard among our peer group companies. By mandating the disclosure of trade association dues and membership in tax exempt organizations, adoption of the proposed policy could result in the disclosure of information that creates competitive and business-related concerns, and we do not believe this would be in the best interests of the company or its stockholders.

For these reasons, the Board recommends that you vote AGAINST this proposal.

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth information regarding the ownership of our common stock as of March 31, 2013 by (a) all persons known by us to own beneficially more than 5% of our common stock, (b) each of our directors and named executive officers, and (c) all of our directors, named executive officers and other executive officers as a group. We know of no agreements among our stockholders which relate to voting or investment power over our common stock or any arrangement the operation of which may at a subsequent date result in a change of control of the company.

Name and address of beneficial owner(1)

Number of shares

beneficially owned

Percentage of shares

beneficially owned

Warren E. Buffett (2)

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(2)

1440 Kiewit Plaza

Omaha, Nebraska 68131

13,607,935

12.9%

The Vanguard Group, Inc. (3)

100 Vanguard Blvd.

Malvern, PA 19355

5,520,812

5.2%

BlackRock, Inc. (4)

40 East 52nd Street

New York, NY 10022

5,151,238

4.9%

Kent J. Thiry (5)

714,858

*

Dr. Robert J. Margolis (6)

1,533,747

1.5%

Dennis L. Kogod (7)

52,562

*

Javier J. Rodriguez (8)

113,881

*

Luis A. Borgen (9)

0

*

James K. Hilger (10)

6,763

*

Kim M. Rivera (11)

19,172

*

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr. (12)

4,166

*

Pamela M. Arway (13)

19,858

*

Charles G. Berg (14)

33,979

*

Carol Anthony (“John”) Davidson (15)

9,647

*

Paul J. Diaz (16)

13,202

*

Peter T. Grauer (17)

43,381

*

John M. Nehra (18)

103,115

*

Dr. William L. Roper (19)

42,913

*

Roger J. Valine (20)

26,713

*

All directors, named executive officers and other executive officers as a group (21 persons) (21)

2,808,607

2.6%

*

Amount represents less than 1% of our common stock.

(1)

Unless otherwise set forth in the following table, the address of each beneficial owner is 2000 16th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202.

(2)

Based on information contained in a Schedule 13G/A No. 1 filed on February 14, 2013 with the SEC by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a diversified holding company which Mr. Buffett may be deemed to control. Mr. Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. share voting and dispositive power over 13,607,935 shares of the company’s common stock, which include shares beneficially owned by certain subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. as a result of being a parent holding company or control person.

(3)

Based upon information contained in a Schedule 13G/A No. 2 filed with the SEC on February 11, 2013, The Vanguard Group, Inc., an investment adviser, has sole voting power with respect to 153,739 shares, sole dispositive power with respect to 5,377,273 shares and shared dispositive power with respect to 143,538 shares.

(4)

Based upon information contained in a Schedule 13G/A No. 3 filed with the SEC on February 8, 2013, BlackRock, Inc. may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of 5,151,238 shares with sole power to vote and sole power to dispose of all 5,151,238 shares as a result of being a parent holding company or control person.

(5)

Includes 95,275 shares held in a family trust and 600,833 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 18,750 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(6)

Represents 1,533,747 shares held in family trusts.

(7)

Includes 22,750 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 9,375 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(8)

Includes 78,249 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 3,500 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(9)

Mr. Borgen stepped down from his position as chief financial officer in April 2012 and was no longer an executive officer of the company on March 31, 2013. Mr. Borgen no longer holds any exercisable or unvested SSARs or RSUs as of March 31, 2013.

(10)

Includes 417 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 834 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(11)

Includes 17,500 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 555 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(12)

Includes 4,166 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013.

(13)

Includes 15,750 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 112 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

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(14)

Includes 24,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 112 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(15)

Includes 7,500 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARS, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 172 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(16)

Includes 12,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 112 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(17)

Includes 36,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 1,705 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(18)

Includes 48,910 shares held in a family trust and 54,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 205 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(19)

Includes 36,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 205 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(20)

Includes 19,500 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 145 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

(21)

Includes 992,179 shares issuable upon the exercise of SSARs and 34,526 RSUs, which are exercisable as of, or will become exercisable within 60 days after, March 31, 2013, and 2,768 vested but unissued restricted stock units.

Information Concerning Our Executive Officers

Name

Age

Position

Kent J. Thiry

57

Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Dr. Robert J. Margolis

67

Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HealthCare Partners

Dennis L. Kogod

53

Chief Operating Officer

Javier J. Rodriguez

42

President

James K. Hilger

51

Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer

Jeanine M. Jiganti

53

Chief Compliance Officer

Laura A. Mildenberger

54

Chief People Officer

Dr. Allen R. Nissenson, FACP

66

Chief Medical Officer

Kim M. Rivera

44

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

David T. Shapiro

43

Chief Special Counsel

LeAnne M. Zumwalt

54

Group Vice President

Our executive officers are elected by, and serve at the discretion of, the Board. Set forth below is a brief description of the business experience of all executive officers other than Mr. Thiry and Dr. Margolis, who are also directors and whose business experience is set forth above in the section of this Proxy Statement entitled “Information Concerning Members of the Board Standing for Reelection.”

Dennis L. Kogod became our chief operating officer in January 2009 and prior to that, he served as our president-west beginning in October 2005. From January 2004 until joining us, Mr. Kogod served as president and chief operating officer-west of Gambro Healthcare, Inc., which we acquired in October 2005. From July 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Kogod served as president, west division of Gambro Healthcare, Inc. From June 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Kogod was president of Teleflex Medical Group, a medical original equipment manufacturer of medical delivery systems. From January 1996 to June 1999, Mr. Kogod was corporate vice president of Teleflex Surgical Group, a surgical device and service organization. Mr. Kogod served on the board of directors of Arbios Systems, Inc., a medical device and cell-based therapy company.

Javier J. Rodriguez became our president in February 2012. Mr. Rodriguez served as our senior vice president from April 2006 to February 2012. From December 2003 to April 2006, Mr. Rodriguez served as our vice president value management, operations. From August 1999 to December 2003, Mr. Rodriguez served as our vice president of payor contracting. From July 1998 to August 1999, Mr. Rodriguez served as divisional financial analyst. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rodriguez worked for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Finance from 1995 to 1996. He also served as Director of Operations for CBS Marketing Inc. in Mexico City.

James K. Hilger became our interim chief financial officer in April 2012 in connection with the resignation of our former chief financial officer, Mr. Borgen, from the company, and continues to serve as our chief accounting officer, a position he has held since April 2010. Prior to April 2010, Mr. Hilger served as our vice president and controller since May 2006, after having served as our vice president, finance beginning in September 2005. Mr. Hilger was our acting chief financial officer from November 2007 through February 2008. From September 2003 until joining us, Mr. Hilger served as vice president, finance and administration and chief financial officer of Pyramid Breweries, a brewer of specialty beverages. From December 1998 to July 2003, Mr. Hilger served in positions as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of WorldCatch, Inc., a seafood industry company. From 1987 until joining WorldCatch, Inc., Mr. Hilger held a variety of senior financial positions in the food industry. Mr. Hilger began his career in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney.

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Jeanine M. Jiganti became our chief compliance officer in March 2013 and has served as our vice president, international chief compliance officer and deputy compliance officer since July 2012.  Prior to joining us, she served as chief compliance officer for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, a subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company, from October 2005 to March 2012.  Additionally, she served as chief compliance officer for several of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited’s affiliates including Takeda Global Research and Development and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Operations.  During Ms. Jiganti’s career, she has served as general counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity from September 2003 to September 2005, general counsel of Near North Insurance Company from September 2002 to September 2003 and vice president of litigation at Caremark Inc., a pharmaceutical services company, from 1996 to 2002.

Laura A. Mildenberger became our chief people officer in July 2008, having joined us in October 2001 as vice president of operations. Prior to joining us, Ms. Mildenberger served as vice president of operations for the western U.S. for Matrix Rehabilitation, a physical therapy outpatient company, from March 2000 to October 2001. From 1993 to 2000, Ms. Mildenberger served as a general manager for NovaCare Outpatient Rehabilitation, a provider of physical and occupation therapy services. From 1988 to 1993, Ms. Mildenberger was the executive vice president/principal of Worker Rehabilitation Services, a multi-site physical rehabilitation company. Ms. Mildenberger began her career as an occupational therapist at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Allen R. Nissenson, FACP, became our chief medical officer in August 2008. He is an emeritus professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he served as director of the dialysis program from 1977 to 2008 and associate dean from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Nissenson was the president of the Southern California End-Stage Renal Disease Network from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Nissenson was the president of the National Anemia Action Council from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Nissenson was the president of the Renal Physicians Association from 1999 to 2001.

Kim M. Rivera became our chief legal officer and secretary in July 2011, and prior to that served as our vice president, general counsel and secretary since January 2010. From February 2006 to November 2009, Ms. Rivera served as vice president and associate general counsel of The Clorox Company, a consumer products company. From August 2004 to February 2006, Ms. Rivera served as vice president law and chief litigation counsel to Rockwell Automation, Inc., a provider of industrial automation control and information solutions. From November 1999 to August 2004, she served as general counsel to Rockwell’s Automation Control and Information Group. Prior to joining Rockwell, Ms. Rivera was an attorney at the law firm of Jones Day.

David T. Shapiro became our chief special counsel in March 2013. From October 2008 until March 2013, Mr. Shapiro served as our chief compliance officer having joined us in March 2008 as the deputy chief compliance officer. Additionally, from October of 2008 until July 2011, Mr. Shapiro served as senior vice president. Prior to joining us, Mr. Shapiro was counsel at the Pepper Hamilton law firm from March 2007 through February 2008, during which time he represented health care clients in government investigations and compliance issues. From October 2003 through March 2007, Mr. Shapiro served as a trial attorney with the Civil Frauds Section of the United States Department of Justice. From June 1999 through October 2003, Mr. Shapiro was an attorney with the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in Washington, DC.

LeAnne M. Zumwalt became our group vice president in July 2011. From January 2000 to July 2011, Ms. Zumwalt served as vice president and currently oversees our public policy and government relations and our purchasing functions. Ms. Zumwalt has served in various capacities with us and served as our vice president investor relations from January 2000 through October 2009. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Zumwalt served as chief financial officer of Vivra Specialty Partners, a privately held health care service and technology firm. From 1991 to 1997, Ms. Zumwalt held various executive positions at Vivra Incorporated, a publicly held provider of dialysis services. Prior to joining Vivra Incorporated, Ms. Zumwalt was a senior manager at Ernst & Young, LLP. Ms. Zumwalt serves on the board of directors of The Advisory Board Company.

None of the executive officers has any family relationship with any other executive officer or with any of our directors.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires “insiders,” including our executive officers, directors and beneficial owners of more than 10% of our common stock, to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership of our common stock with the SEC and the NYSE, and to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on our review of the copies of such forms received by us, or written representations from reporting persons, we believe that our insiders complied with all applicable Section 16(a) filing requirements during 2012, except that (1) one Form 4 was inadvertently filed late for Messrs. Berg, Davidson, Grauer and Roper, each relating to a single transaction to acquire shares of the company’s common stock, and (2) two Forms 4 were inadvertently filed late for Ms. Arway relating to two separate transactions to acquire shares of the company’s common stock, and (3) one Form 4 was inadvertently not filed for Dr. Margolis relating to one transaction to acquire shares of the company’s common stock in connection with the acquisition of HCP which transactions were subsequently filed on a Form 5.

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (the “CD&A”) describes our executive compensation program for our named executive officers (“NEOs”). Our NEOs for 2012 are:

NEO

TITLE

Kent J. Thiry

Co-chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”)

Dennis L. Kogod

Chief Operating Officer

Javier J. Rodriguez

President

Luis A. Borgen

Chief Financial Officer through April 15, 2012

James K. Hilger

Interim Chief Financial Officer (effective April 16, 2012) and Chief Accounting Officer

Kim M. Rivera

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.*

Senior Vice President

*

Mr. Usilton, also deemed an NEO for 2012, is no longer an executive officer of the company effective April1, 2012, and has been employed by the company on only a part-time basis since such date.

Executive Summary

Our Business

On November 1, 2012 we completed our acquisition of HealthCare Partners Holdings, LLC (“HCP”), with HCP becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. As a result of our recent acquisition of HCP, the company now primarily operates two major lines of business.

Our largest line of business is our U.S. dialysis and related lab services business, which is a leading provider of kidney dialysis services in the U.S. As of December 31, 2012, we operated or provided administrative services through a network of 1,954 outpatient dialysis centers, serving approximately 153,000 patients in 44 states and the District of Columbia. We also provide acute inpatient dialysis services in approximately 970 hospitals. In 2012, our overall network of U.S. outpatient dialysis centers increased by 145 centers primarily as a result of opening new centers and acquisitions. In addition, the overall number of patients that we serve in the U.S. increased by approximately 8.0%.

Our other major line of business is HCP, which is a patient- and physician-focused integrated health care delivery and management company with nearly three decades of providing coordinated, outcomes-based medical care in a cost-effective manner. Through capitation contracts with some of the nation’s leading health plans, as of December 31, 2012 HCP had approximately 724,000 current members under its care in southern California, central and south Florida, and southern Nevada. HCP also operates in New Mexico under a fee-for-service reimbursement structure. In addition to its managed care business, HCP provides care in all of its markets to over 530,000 patients whose health coverage is structured on a fee-for-service basis, including patients enrolled through traditional Medicare and Medicaid programs, preferred provider organizations and other third party payors.

The patients of HCP’s associated physicians, physician groups and independent practice associations benefit from an integrated approach to medical care that places the physician at the center of patient care. As of December 31, 2012, HCP delivered services to its members via a network of over 2,000 associated group and other network primary care physicians, 145 network hospitals, and several thousand associated group and network specialists. Together with hundreds of case managers, registered nurses and other care coordinators, these medical professionals utilize a comprehensive information technology system, sophisticated risk management techniques and clinical protocols to provide high-quality, cost-effective care to HCP’s members

With our recent acquisition of HCP, we believe the company is well positioned to capitalize on anticipated trends in U.S. healthcare, including our continued growth opportunities in dialysis care services as well as growth in managed healthcare services, especially to the Medicare-eligible population.

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Our Compensation Design & Philosophy

Our ability to recruit and retain highly qualified executives is essential to our long-term success. We design our compensation programs for executive officers to attract and retain outstanding leaders who possess the skills and talent necessary to achieve our business goals and objectives, and who embody our mission and values. We believe it is in the best interests of our stockholders to attract and retain talented leaders, and strive to do so by providing compensation that is reasonable, provides the best value for our stockholders, aligns incentives, and is sufficient to achieve our recruitment and retention objectives.

Ultimately, our objective is to continue to create long-term stockholder value by generating strong overall revenue growth, market share increases, improvements in cost per treatment, operating income growth, operating margin growth, increases in earnings per share and improvement in our debt to equity ratio.

In order to achieve this objective, we have established an executive compensation that:

(i)

rewards strong company performance;

(ii)

aligns our executives’ interests with our stockholders’ interests; and

(iii)

is competitive within the health care services, diagnostics and solutions market so that we can attract and retain outstanding executives.

2012 Financial and Performance Highlights

Our overall financial, operating and total stockholder return (“TSR”) performance was very strong for 2012 and we believe that the NEOs were instrumental in achieving these results. Our major achievements and financial operating performance indicators in 2012 were:

superior clinical outcomes in our kidney care business – we provided our best clinical outcomes for the thirteenth straight year, including lowest catheter rates ever at 13.9%, highest fistula in use rates ever at 64%, and lowest gross mortality rate ever at 14.2%;

one-year TSR of 45.8%, compared to the median one-year TSR of 10.6% for our Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”) group and the median one-year TSR of 19.5% for our comparator peer group;

three-year TSR of 23.5%, compared to the median three-year TSR of 1.1% for our GICS group and 7.0% for our comparator peer group; and a five-year TSR of 14.4%, compared to the median five-year TSR of (3.6%) for our GICS group and 2.8% for our comparator peer group;

the acquisition of HCP generated incremental operating income of $67 million in 2012 for the period commencing November 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012;

strong operating cash flow of $1,101 million;

consolidated net revenue growth of approximately 21.6%, of which 12.7% was generated by our U.S. dialysis operations;

normalized non-acquired treatment growth was 4.8% in our kidney care business;

an increase of approximately 12.5% in the overall number of dialysis treatments that we provided in our kidney care business; and

consolidated operating income growth was approximately 12.3%, which includes the impact of a legal settlement and related expenses and transaction expenses associated with the HCP acquisition. Without these items adjusted consolidated operating income would have increased by 22.4%*.

* See “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for reconciliation of this metric to the most closely comparable GAAP metric.

The company’s TSR from the first quarter of 2000 (our CEO’s first full quarter with the company) through the fourth quarter of 2012 was approximately 3,700%, putting the company in the top 5 of all current S&P 500 companies over that period. The company’s TSR over this period also exceeded that of all companies that have been in the S&P 500 during that entire period.

We believe our clinical outcomes compare favorably with other dialysis providers in the United States and generally exceed the dialysis outcome quality indicators of the National Kidney Foundation. Our clinical outcomes mean improved outcomes and better quality of life for the over 150,000 patients for whom we serve.

Linking 2012 NEO Compensation to Performance

When establishing the compensation for our NEOs for 2012, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) gave significant weight to our sustained record of strong operating performance as highlighted above, our improvement in strategic positioning and our continued strong clinical performance, particularly in light of ongoing general economic volatility and significant industry regulatory challenges and uncertainty. The Committee also considered the company’s successful acquisition of HCP in determining the compensation of our NEOs. The Committee balanced its evaluation of the company’s performance and that of our industry by also considering the potential impact of healthcare reform and other significant healthcare regulatory changes, including changes to government reimbursement policies. In 2012, we continued to lead industry public policy efforts, achieving favorable outcomes for the industry and the company. When establishing 2012 compensation for our NEOs, the Committee considered these and other factors in the context of individual NEO performance. The following table shows the total direct compensation for 2012 (base salary, annual performance-based cash award and long-term incentive award) determined by the Committee for each NEO who remained an executive officer on December 31, 2012*. This table is not a substitute for the information disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table and related footnotes, which begin on page 51.

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NEO*

 

Base Salary

Actual Annual

Cash Award

 

Annual LTI

Award**

Kent J. Thiry

$

1,050,000

$

5,000,000

$

20,050,394

Dennis L. Kogod

$

800,004

$

1,400,000

$

7,851,421

Javier J. Rodriguez

$

700,001

$

1,400,000

$

7,851,421

James K. Hilger

$

326,925

$

160,000

$

1,360,812

Kim M. Rivera

$

499,994

$

215,000

$

807,458

*

Mr. Usilton, also deemed an NEO for 2012, is no longer an executive officer of the company effective April 1, 2012, and has been employed by the company on only a part-time basis since such date.

**

The amounts reported under the Annual LTI Award column consist of the grant date fair value of the 2012 equity awards and the target value of the 2012 performance-based cash awards.

Our compensation programs for our NEOs emphasize compensation based on performance and are designed to align our NEOs’ interests with those of our stockholders and to permit individuals who have performed well in creating significant long-term value for the company and its stockholders to share in the value generated. To this end, our compensation programs emphasize variable compensation in the form of cash and equity awards over fixed compensation. In light of this emphasis, the Committee determined to limit increases to fixed compensation amounts in 2012 such that the base salaries of our NEOs were retained at 2011 levels, other than Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Hilger (see “Elements of Compensation—Base Salary” for more information on their respective base salary increases). The following pie charts illustrate the allocation of the total direct compensation that the NEOs above earned for 2012:

The Committee believes that the above compensation structure struck an appropriate balance by promoting long-term stockholder value without motivating or rewarding excessive risk-taking.

The following graph illustrates how cash performance bonuses over the past three years varied with changes in our operating income:

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To further illustrate our emphasis on compensation based on performance and our commitment to align the interests of our NEOs with those of our stockholders, the following graph illustrates how our CEO’s compensation over the past five years varied with changes in our TSR for the same period (indexed to the commencement year of the graph, i.e., 2008). For purposes of this table, CEO total compensation includes all elements of compensation reflected in the “Total” column of the Summary Compensation Table on page 51 of this Proxy Statement.

Stockholder Interest Alignment

We believe that our equity awards further serve to align the interests of our executives with the long-term interests of our stockholders by providing our executives with an opportunity to benefit from the appreciation of our stock price, by providing for vesting over a period of time and by requiring executives to accumulate meaningful ownership through our stock ownership policy. Therefore, a key objective of our executive compensation programs is to provide a significant portion of compensation in the form of equity awards. For 2012, equity awards ranged from 35% to 76% of our NEOs’ compensation, with 76% of our CEO’s compensation provided in equity. Further, the equity awards granted in 2012 vest 50% each in the third and fourth years from the date of grant. These extended vesting schedules are intended to assist in the long-term retention of such NEOs and further align the interests of our executives with the long-term interests of our stockholders. Stock-based compensation creates an incentive for the NEO to contribute to the overall success of the company and to take actions that result in the creation of long-term stockholder value.

Key Features of Our Executive Compensation Program

 

We Do

 

 

We Do Not

Have double trigger change in control provisions for acceleration of equity award vesting

 

Provide excise tax gross-ups on change in control payments for new or materially amended agreements entered into since 2011

Limit severance payments to not more than three times base salary and bonus

 

Re-price or replace underwater stock options or stock appreciation rights

Provide for multi-year vesting periods for equity award grants to reinforce culture where the company’s long-term success takes precedence over volatile short-term results

 

Have our Committee’s independent compensation consultant provide any other services to the company

Use an independent compensation consultant

 

 

 

Have a clawback policy that permits recovery of bonuses, incentive and equity-based compensation from executives

 

 

 

Seek stockholder feedback on our executive compensation

 

 

 

Apply meaningful stock ownership guidelines to strengthen alignment of NEOs and stockholders’ interests

 

 

 

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Stockholder Engagement and Compensation Changes for 2012

At last year’s annual meeting, approximately 79% of the votes cast by stockholders were in favor of the company’s say-on-pay proposal on executive compensation, reflecting their support of our philosophy of linking compensation to our financial and non-financial objectives and the enhancement of stockholder value. To better understand stockholders’ votes on our executive compensation program, management engaged in discussions with many of the company’s largest institutional stockholders, representing nearly 37% of the company’s outstanding voting shares. The feedback received in 2012 included, among other things, the following:

Stockholders expressed general support for our management team and its executive compensation decisions.

While the majority of our stockholders supported the company’s say-on-pay vote, many stockholders expressed an interest in the addition of a performance-based element to our long-term incentive awards.

Stockholders expressed their desire for us to analyze our approach to our executive compensation program to ensure that compensation earned by our executives is driven by company performance and appropriately tracks changes in performance.

The Committee reviewed the results of our stockholder vote, including feedback from our large institutional stockholders that were willing to share the reasons for their say-on-pay vote. Taking the vote results and stockholder feedback into account, and considering trends in executive compensation and the interests of stockholders, the Committee implemented several changes to its long-term incentive program for executives effective in 2012 including the addition of cash-based performance awards. A brief discussion of the company’s long-term incentive program is provided beginning on page 42.

Elements of Compensation

The elements of direct compensation offered under our executive compensation program include both fixed (base salaries) and variable (annual and long-term incentives) compensation.

Base Salary

We compensate our NEO’s with a base salary because we believe it is appropriate that some portion of compensation be provided in a form that is liquid and assured. Base salaries are initially established at levels necessary to enable us to attract and retain highly qualified executives with reference to comparative pay within the company for executives with similar levels of responsibility, prior experience of the executive and expected contributions to company performance.

We do not guarantee salary adjustments on a yearly basis. During March of each year, the Committee considers adjustments to salary as part of the overall compensation assessment for our NEOs. Our CEO typically provides the Committee with his recommendation regarding merit-based increases for each NEO other than himself. The CEO’s base salary is determined by the Committee with input from Compensia, the Committee’s independent compensation consultant, and Compensia’s analysis of CEO compensation of our comparator peer group.

In accordance with our emphasis on performance-based compensation and the Committee’s decision to limit increases to fixed compensation amounts in 2012, the Committee retained the base salary of Messrs. Thiry, Kogod and Usilton and Ms. Rivera at 2011 levels. The Committee increased Mr. Rodriguez’ base salary for 2012 pursuant to the Committee’s review of his performance in the previous year and consideration of comparative market data provided by Compensia. The Committee increased Mr. Hilger’s base salary in May 2012 to $350,000, pursuant to the Committee’s review and consideration of his additional responsibilities as Interim Chief Financial Officer and in consideration of his performance in 2011 and the comparative market data provided by Compensia. Mr. Borgen did not receive a base salary increase in 2012. The base salaries for 2011 and 2012 for our NEOs who remain executive officers as of December 31, 2012 are shown in the table below.

Name

2011 Base Salary

2012 Base Salary

Kent J. Thiry

$

1,050,000

$

1,050,000

Dennis L. Kogod

$

800,000

$

800,000

Javier J. Rodriguez

$

550,000

$

700,000

James K. Hilger

$

275,000

$

350,000

Kim M. Rivera

$

500,000

$

500,000

Annual Performance-Based Cash Compensation

Our 2012 annual performance-based cash compensation was paid to our current NEOs under our performance-based Executive Incentive Plan other than Mr. Hilger. While Mr. Hilger did not participate in the Executive Incentive Plan, Mr. Hilger received an annual cash bonus for 2012 based on the Committee’s assessment of overall company and individual performance throughout the year. We believe that cash bonuses based on performance provide an incentive to consistently excel on an individual level as well as to contribute to the overall success of the company.

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Executive Incentive Plan

We maintain an Executive Incentive Plan (“EIP”), in which our CEO and other executives selected by the Committee may participate. For 2012, the Committee identified all of the NEOs as eligible participants in the EIP other than Mr. Hilger (whose subject compensation was expected to be below $1 million for 2012). The EIP is structured to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code as described below. The Committee has historically established an operating income target as the performance measure for participants in the EIP. The Committee uses operating income as the relevant performance measure because it believes that operating income provides the best measurement of our operating results, is a key measure of the financial strength and stability of our company, and can also be consistently measured by us and our stockholders against the operating results of other companies in our industry.

For 2012, the Committee established a fiscal year operating income target of not less than $1,063 million as the performance goal. When the Committee was determining the operating income target for 2012, it considered the uncertainties of the time period, including, among others, those relating to healthcare reform and other significant healthcare regulatory changes, changes to government reimbursement policies, reduction in government payment rates generally and changes to the structure of payments under the Medicare ESRD program or other government-based programs, including, for example, across the board cuts due to federal sequestration, and continuing changes to the bundled payment rate system, such as rebasing of bundled reimbursement rates, which will lower reimbursement for services we provide to Medicare patients. The Committee considered the company’s estimates of 2012 budgeted operating income, as approved by the Board, when this target was established and attempted to establish a performance target at a level that can be characterized as “stretch but attainable,” meaning that based on historical performance and then-current economic and regulatory uncertainty, attainment of the performance target was uncertain but reasonably anticipated to be achieved. For 2012, the Committee established a maximum aggregate cash and equity award amount of up to $10,000,000 for each of Messrs. Thiry and Kogod; further establishing that of the $10,000,000, the maximum cash awards for each of Messrs. Thiry and Kogod was limited to $5,000,000 for 2012. Similarly, the Committee established a maximum aggregate cash and equity award amount of up to $5,000,000 for each of Messrs. Rodriguez and Usilton and Ms. Rivera; further establishing that of the $5,000,000, the maximum cash awards for each of Messrs. Rodriguez and Usilton and Ms. Rivera was limited to $2,500,000 for 2012. The Committee has the ability to apply only negative discretion in determining incentive compensation. The annual target award opportunity for Mr. Thiry is set forth in his employment agreement.

The company achieved operating income of $1,297 million for 2012, which exceeded the 2012 target performance goal. When determining the award amounts, the Committee considered the achievement of the target performance goal, as well as overall company and individual performance. With regard to the overall company performance, the Committee considered that, as compared to 2011, (i) we experienced strong operating cash flow of $1,101 million; (ii) our consolidated net revenue grew by approximately 21.6%, of which 12.7% was generated by our U.S. dialysis operations; (iii) normalized non-acquired treatment growth was 4.8%, (iv) we experienced an increase of approximately 12.5% in the overall number of dialysis treatments that we provided and (v) our consolidated operating income grew by approximately 12.3%, which includes the impact of a legal settlement and related expenses and transaction expenses associated with the HCP acquisition. Without the items in (v) above, adjusted consolidated operating income would have increased by 22.4%*.

The Committee also considered our strong sustained TSR performance. We experienced a one-year TSR of 45.8%, compared to a median one-year TSR of 10.6% for our GICS group and 19.5% for our comparator peer group. Moreover, our three-year compound average annual TSR was 23.5%, compared to the median three-year compound average annual TSR of 1.1% for our GICS group and 7.0% for our peer group; our five-year compound average annual TSR was 14.4%, compared to the median five-year compound average annual TSR of (3.6%) for our GICS group and 2.8% for our peer group; and our ten-year compound average annual TSR was 21.0%, compared to the median ten-year compound average annual TSR of 6.5% for our GICS group and 6.4% for our peer group.

The Committee also considered that our clinical outcomes compare very favorably with other dialysis providers in the United States and generally exceed the dialysis outcome quality indicators of the National Kidney Foundation. In addition to significant contributions to overall company performance, the Committee also considered individual performance, as listed for each of our current NEOs below.

* See “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for reconciliation of this metric to the most closely comparable GAAP metric.

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Name

Individual Performance Factors Considered in Determining EIP Award

Kent J. Thiry,

Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

succession planning efforts and his successful development of key members of senior management, resulting in the company being better prepared for managing future growth

successful development of exceptionally high-caliber management team

significant improvement in organizational capabilities over past years

successful progress with respect to significant clinical initiatives

leadership in public policy efforts that promote the interests of the company and the dialysis industry as a whole

advancement of strategic business initiatives

success with initiatives that position the company for successful continued growth and diversification, including meeting or exceeding operating plan and financial metrics

successful working relationship with the Board, Board recruiting efforts and focus on Board diversity

improvements in service quality based on internal scores from dialysis patient clinical outcome metrics

growth from increased overall number of dialysis treatments provided in the company’s kidney care business

increased non-acquired growth, which excludes growth attributable to acquisitions

Dennis L. Kogod,

Chief Operating Officer

substantial contributions to the company’s strong operational and clinical performance

higher percentage of acquisitions closed

improved vaccination rates, fistula utilization and first 90-day dialysis care

lower rate of attrition for teammates in the field

improved retention rate for high performance leaders

maintained strong teammate organizational productivity and efficiency that contribute to operational cost management

substantial contribution to developing international opportunities

expanded bench for senior operations leaders

best year ever in clinical outcomes

recruitment of senior international leaders

Javier J. Rodriguez,

President

significant development as a manager and expansion of managerial scope

substantial contributions to the company’s growth performance

demonstrated leadership in enhancing the company’s long-term incentive award program

significant contributions leading the company’s business development activities

successfully secured major payor contracts and maintained key payor relationships

demonstrated leadership in the areas of disease management and integrated care operations

significant contributions to enterprise strategy

Kim M. Rivera,

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

success in supporting HCP acquisition

built capacity and strengthened the legal organization

support of international opportunities

success in negotiating favorable outcomes in legal matters

enhanced corporate governance

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.

Senior Vice President

significantly contributed to the strategy and execution of the growth objectives of the company

completed the remaining acquisition and contractual issues of the DSI Renal Inc. acquisition as they relate to the Federal Trade Commission and physician contracts

demonstrated leadership for mergers and acquisitions and other transaction activity with the appropriate return on capital

successfully maintained and built upon company physician relationships and joint venture partnerships

successfully provided and developed educational programs in leadership and relationship building for company’s leaders

Our CEO recommends to the Committee the performance bonus amount for our NEOs, other than for himself, and the final performance bonus amounts are reviewed by the Committee and sometimes adjusted in consultation with our CEO, prior to approval by the Committee. The Committee determines the performance bonus amount for our CEO without recommendations from management. The award of amounts below the maximum amount is not intended to reflect negatively on the performance of the eligible participants. In consideration of the company and individual performance listed above, market data and in consultation with our CEO with regard to performance bonuses for the NEOs other than himself, the Committee awarded 2012 performance cash bonuses under the EIP to our current eligible NEOs, as follows:

Name

2012 EIP Award Amount

Kent J. Thiry

$

5,000,000

Dennis L. Kogod

$

1,400,000

Javier J. Rodriguez

$

1,400,000

Kim M. Rivera

$

215,000

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.

$

335,000

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Other Performance Based Bonuses

For Mr. Hilger, who did not participate in the EIP, the Committee performs a similar review of overall company and individual performance throughout the year. The following table shows the individual performance factors considered in determining the performance bonus for Mr. Hilger.

Name

Individual Performance Factors Considered in Determining Incentive Award

James K. Hilger,

Interim Chief Financial Officer
and Chief Accounting Officer

expanded leadership role in the finance organization

support of international opportunities

success in supporting HCP acquisition

significant contributions in the finance integration of HCP

enhanced and strengthened the finance and accounting organizations

In consideration of the company and individual performance listed above and in consultation with our CEO with regard to the performance bonus for Mr. Hilger, the Committee awarded a 2012 performance bonus of $160,000 to Mr. Hilger.

Relocation and Retention Bonuses

In connection with the relocation of our headquarters to Denver, Colorado in 2011 and in order to support the continued transition of our NEOs, the Company agreed to reimburse certain additional relocation expenses to Messrs. Thiry, Kogod and Rodriguez and Ms. Rivera. See the “2012 Summary Compensation Table” in this Proxy Statement for more information relating to the relocation bonuses. Pursuant to an agreement entered into on March 10, 2010, Mr. Usilton received a retention bonus for remaining employed with the company on a full-time basis through March 2012.

Long-Term Incentive Program

Long-Term Incentive Program (“LTIP”) awards are granted pursuant to the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. The 2011 Incentive Award Plan permits the issuance of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, equity and cash-based performance awards, as well as other forms of equity awards. In 2012, we made several changes to our LTIP. Key changes to the LTIP included:

Addition of cash-based performance awards

Addition of restricted stock units (“RSUs”)

The changes to our 2012 LTIP were designed to continue providing a link to long-term stockholder value through equity awards, while also providing a more direct tie to the dialysis and related lab services line of business through cash-based performance awards targeting internal operating performance metrics consistent with our existing compensation philosophy. With the acquisition of HCP, we now have more than one major line of business, and we believe these LTIP changes help to align long-term executive performance with the respective distinct businesses.

Equity Awards

While we emphasize stock-based compensation, we do not designate a target percentage of total compensation as stock-based. We instead maintain flexibility to use judgment to respond to changes in NEO and company performance and related objectives. The emphasis on stock-based compensation creates a commonality of interest between our NEOs and our stockholders. Grants of equity awards also serve as an important tool for attracting and retaining executives. To vest in equity awards and earn the full benefit of the award, the NEOs must remain employed for a multi-year period, typically over four years, which reinforces a culture in which the company’s long-term success takes precedence over volatile and unsustainable short-term results.

Each year, the Committee recommends to the full Board an aggregate equity award pool that will be available for grants to all eligible recipients of equity awards, based on (i) the historical amounts granted, (ii) the amount of equity held by participants that is currently in-the-money, (iii) the number of shares we expect to be forfeited due to anticipated departures, and (iv) the number of shares that will likely be required both to retain and incent our highest-potential and highest-performing employees and to attract new employees we expect to hire during the coming year. The Committee may also recommend the establishment of special purpose share budgets for proposed interim grants. After considering such recommendations, the Board approves a budget and delegates authority to the Committee to make awards to our executive officers and other employees.

The equity awards that are granted to our NEOs are generally made annually (typically in the first half of the year). Discretionary interim awards to our NEOs may be made during the year to address special circumstances, such as retention concerns, promotions and special performance recognition awards, and new hire awards. Our annual equity awards are generally awarded upon the completion of performance reviews and in connection with the Committee’s decision and review process regarding other forms of direct compensation. The timing of the interim grants depends upon individual circumstances. Under the terms of the 2011 Incentive Award Plan, awards are granted with an exercise or base price not less than the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant.

Stock Appreciation Rights

The majority of our equity awards to NEOs are in the form of stock-settled stock appreciation rights (“SSARs”), which only derive value if the market value of our common stock increases. The economic value and tax and accounting treatment of SSARs are comparable to those of stock options, but SSARs are less dilutive to our stockholders because only shares with a total value equal to the grantee’s gain (the difference between the fair market value of the base shares and their base price) are ultimately issued. SSARs are granted with an exercise or base price not less than the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant and vest based on the passage of time. SSARs granted in 2012 vest 50% each on April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016.

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Restricted Stock Units

We also award RSUs to our NEOs from time to time as part of our compensation program. RSUs are granted under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan and typically vest with the passage of time over a period of three or more years, but the Committee may approve alternative vesting schedules based on performance, timing of vesting of individual outstanding grants and other retention related factors. We award RSUs because full value share awards can more closely align the interests of executives with stockholder interests by providing better parity between TSRs and the executive’s gains or losses on the awards than is achievable with stock options or SSARs. In 2012, the Committee decided to increase the use of RSUs and permitted all of the NEOs (except Mr. Thiry whose LTIP award was granted solely in the form of SSARs) to elect to receive up to 100% of the value of their allocated equity awards in the form of RSUs. For this purpose, one RSU was considered equivalent to four SSARs, based on the natural economic exchange ratio between the two award types implied by their respective fair values. The Committee increased the use of RSUs in 2012 to ensure that our NEOs retain some durable equity value in light of the potential impact on the company and our industry of healthcare reform and other significant healthcare regulatory changes, including changes to government reimbursement policies.

RSUs granted in 2012 vest 50% each on May 15, 2015 and May 15, 2016, subject to a performance-based vesting condition for executives subject to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. For this purpose, the Committee established a fiscal year 2013 non-GAAP operating income target of $1,567 million (the “2013 RSU Performance Condition”), measured on a basis consistent with the 2012 financial statements. For these purposes “non-GAAP operating income” is defined as operating income as presented under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the Company’s annual audited financial statements, adjusted to exclude any items which have been excluded from operating income in a non-GAAP presentation thereof in the company’s quarterly earnings press releases covering the subject periods. If the 2013 RSU Performance Condition is achieved, the NEOs are eligible to continue vesting in their RSU award.

Cash-Based Performance Awards

In 2012, the Committee granted cash-based performance awards to all of our NEOs with the exception of Mr. Thiry, whose LTIP award was granted solely in the form of SSARs and Messrs. Borgen and Usilton who were no longer serving as executive officers on the date of grant. The Committee determines the target award value for NEOs’ cash-based performance awards in a manner similar to how it determines the amount of equity awards to grant, that is, based on individual and company historical and expected performance, including an executive’s ability to influence the targeted performance measure. The aggregate target value of cash-based performance awards available for allocation to our executives is approved by the full Board for administration by the Committee along with the aggregate equity award pool.

The 2012 cash-based performance awards for NEOs have a two-year performance period commencing January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2014. These cash-based performance awards are structured to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. For this purpose, the Committee established a fiscal year non-GAAP operating income target of $1,567 million (the “2013 Cash-Based Award Performance Condition”), measured on a basis consistent with the 2012 financial statements. For these purposes “non-GAAP operating income” is defined as operating income as presented under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the Company’s annual audited financial statements, adjusted to exclude any items which have been excluded from operating income in a non-GAAP presentation thereof in the company’s quarterly earnings press releases covering the subject periods. Cash-based performance-based awards granted in 2012 vest 100% on April 1, 2015, subject to the 2013 Cash-Based Award Performance Condition being met and the level of achievement of the additional performance metrics discussed below. If the 2013 Cash-Based Award Performance Condition is achieved, the NEOs are eligible to continue to vesting in their cash-based performance awards.

Under the terms of the 2011 Incentive Award Plan, the maximum amount of any cash-based performance award payable to any executive is $10,000,000. However, the Committee established target award values for each NEO at the time of grant, which amounts are substantially lower than the maximum under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. In addition to the 2013 Cash-Based Award Performance Condition, the Committee also considers the level of achievement relative to certain additional performance metrics. Specifically, the Committee established an operating income target for the dialysis and related lab services operating segment (the “Dialysis Segment”), as presented in the company’s annual financial statements to be filed with the SEC for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, adjusted to include:

(i)

profit sharing expense at the amounts budgeted and approved by the Board for the fiscal year; and

(ii)

any equity income attributable to Company investments within the Dialysis Segment;

and adjusted to exclude:

(iii)

any stock-based compensation expense;

(iv)

any other compensation expense attributable to the Company’s long-term incentive program;

(v)

any non-controlling interest charges attributable to operations within the Dialysis Segment; and

(vi)

any items attributable to the Dialysis Segment which have been excluded from the Company’s GAAP financial results in a non-GAAP presentation that has been reported in the Company’s quarterly earnings press releases covering the subject periods;

(operating income for the Dialysis Segment adjusted as described above, the “Adjusted Dialysis & Lab OI”) of $1,535 million. The table below provides the guidelines established by the Committee to determine the percentage of target value payable upon achievement of the Adjusted Dialysis & Lab OI.

2014 Adjusted Dialysis & Lab OI

($ in millions)

Percentage of Target Value

Earned

 

≥ $

1,742

 

250

%

$

1,671

 

200

%

$

1,602

 

150

%

$

1,535

 

100

%

$

1,470

 

50

%

<$

1,470

 

0

%

The Percent of Target Value Earned is interpolated for performance between the points indicated in the table above on a straight-line basis.

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Determining LTIP Award Amounts

The Committee reviews the annual LTIP award recommendations for our NEOs and other executives in advance of the grant date with the input of our CEO. Based upon a review of equity award shares available, their dilutive effect on stockholders, long-term share budgeting restrictions, cash-based performance award dollars available and recommendations from management, the Committee recommends aggregate equity and cash LTIP award pools for the year for approval by the Board. In considering how to distribute the equity and cash-based performance award units in the respective LTIP award pools, our CEO, together with a team that includes our interim chief financial officer, our chief operating officer and our chief people officer, gives differential attention to high-potential individuals whom the company believes will be the future leaders of the company, and to other high-performing individuals whose performance in their current positions exceeded expectations.

Each such high-potential and/or high-performing employee is then individually reviewed, from a holistic perspective, starting with a review of such employee’s historical compensation, including his or her initial base salary, any base salary increases during his or her tenure with the company and performance cash bonuses and equity award grants over his or her career at the company. A determination is then made as to the amount and number of cash and equity LTIP award units that should be granted and the appropriate vesting schedules and performance conditions that should be implemented for such awards in order to retain and continue to motivate these high-quality, high-performing individuals. Our goal is to achieve fairness in compensation and motivate performance over the course of multiple years, which is the reason we take into account all compensation that has been awarded to such individuals over their respective careers at the company when making prospective award decisions.

In 2012, the annual equity awards granted to our NEOs were made in the form of SSARs and RSUs, with such SSARs and RSUs being granted pursuant to our 2011 Incentive Award Plan. Similar to the analysis that the Committee makes in determining the annual performance-based cash compensation, the Committee considers overall company and individual performance. For the LTIP awards granted in 2012, the Committee reviewed the findings and recommendations of the CEO for NEOs other than himself and considered each NEO’s individual performance since the last grant.

The Committee also evaluates the market competitiveness of the company’s compensation for its NEOs and other executive officers by analyzing its historical and proposed compensation changes in light of compensation practices among its comparator peer group as provided in an annual assessment by Compensia, the Committee’s independent compensation consultant. After taking into account the elements set forth above, the Committee approved LTIP award grants to our NEOs in 2012. All of the SSARs, RSUs and cash-based performance awards granted to our NEOs were granted on December 18, 2012 after the completion of the review by the Committee. The table below shows the aggregate number of shares subject to SSARs and RSUs, and the base target value of the cash-based performance awards granted to each of our NEOs in 2012 serving at the time of grant.

NEO

Shares Subject

to SSARs

(#)

Number of

RSUs

(#)

Target Cash-Based

Performance Award

Value

($)

Kent J. Thiry

500,000

-

 

-

Dennis L. Kogod

56,250

14,063

$

2,457,000

Javier J. Rodriguez

56,250

14,063

$

2,457,000

James K. Hilger

20,000

-

$

437,000

Kim M. Rivera

5,000

1,250

$

328,000

The SSAR and RSU awards above vest 50% each in the third and fourth years from the date of grant for all of the above NEOs. The cash-based performance awards will vest 100% on April 1, 2015, subject to their performance conditions.

Interim discretionary grants are also occasionally recommended by our CEO and management and reviewed by the Committee as a part of mid-year performance evaluations, special projects participation, new hires and other factors.

Appreciation RSUs

In 2012, the Committee approved the award of appreciation RSUs to certain eligible executives, including our NEOs, in acknowledgement of their contributions to the increased value of the company and successful acquisition of HCP and ongoing related integration. The appreciation RSUs were granted pursuant to the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. The appreciation awards are structured to satisfy the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. For this purpose, the Committee established a 2013 non-GAAP operating income target of $1,567 million (the “2013 Appreciation RSU Performance Condition”), measured on a basis consistent with the 2012 financial statements.

The Committee determined that these appreciation share awards will vest 50% each on May 15, 2015 and May 15, 2016, subject to the performance condition being met. If the 2013 Appreciation RSU Performance Condition is achieved, the NEOs are eligible to continue vesting in their appreciation RSU awards. The table below provides the number of appreciation awards granted to our NEOs in 2012.

Name

Number of

Appreciation RSUs

Kent J. Thiry

72,064

Dennis L. Kogod

22,403

Javier J. Rodriguez

22,403

James K. Hilger

3,983

Kim M. Rivera

1,991

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Personal Benefits and Perquisites

As described above, our compensation programs for NEOs emphasize compensation based on performance and compensation which serves to align our NEOs’ interests with those of our stockholders. As a result, the Committee has determined that the company should provide few perquisites to NEOs. We believe that the perquisites and personal benefits that we provide support important attraction and retention objectives. We also consider the extent to which the perquisite or personal benefit provided serves to enhance the performance of our NEOs in light of the demands on these individuals’ time. The perquisites and personal benefits available to our NEOs are reviewed annually by the Committee.

The Committee has authorized the personal use of a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft by some of our NEOs. The Committee believes that access to an aircraft for personal travel enables our NEOs to maximize their work hours, particularly in light of their demanding business travel schedules. One of the Committee’s objectives is to ensure that our NEOs are afforded adequate flexibility to allow for sufficient personal time in light of the significant demands of the company. The Committee and our CEO allocate a fixed number of hours for use by identified NEOs and consider the allocated amount as part of the NEO’s total compensation. The Committee and our CEO use their discretion when determining the number of allocated hours and displace other forms of compensation that otherwise would have been awarded to the NEO.

Our CEO is authorized by the Committee to use a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft for business purposes, including long-distance commuting, and for a fixed number of hours per year for personal use instead of additional cash compensation that would have otherwise been paid. As part of our CEO’s aggregate compensation package, the Committee approves a fixed number of hours for personal use each year and unused hours from the prior year are available for use the following year. When determining the number of hours of personal use of aircraft to award, the Committee takes into consideration Mr. Thiry’s overall compensation package. If Mr. Thiry were to exceed the fixed number of hours for personal use that is unrelated to business or long-distance commuting in a given year, the excess hours of personal use would offset the number of hours approved by the Committee the following year for personal use or Mr. Thiry would be required to compensate us directly, although historically he has not exceeded the hours authorized for personal use. The Committee reviews all business and personal use of the aircraft annually, including detailed passenger logs with special attention to mixed business and personal use and required reimbursements to the company.

Deferred Compensation Programs

Our deferred compensation programs permit certain employees, including our NEOs, to defer compensation at the election of the participant or at the election of the company. We maintain a Voluntary Deferral Plan which allows certain employees, including our NEOs, to defer a percentage of their base salary, cash bonus and other compensation as identified by the company. We do not utilize deferred compensation as a significant component of compensation.

Severance and Change of Control Arrangements

We have entered into employment agreements with each of our NEOs. These agreements, among other things, provide for severance benefits in the event of a termination of employment in certain circumstances, including, with respect to certain NEOs, the departure of the NEO following a change of control of our company. Each agreement is individually negotiated and the terms vary. When entering into employment agreements with our NEOs, we attempt to provide severance and change of control benefits which strike a balance between providing sufficient protections for the NEO while still providing post-termination compensation that is reasonable and in the best interests of the company and our stockholders. We have also adopted the DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. Severance Plan (the “DaVita Severance Plan”), which provides for severance benefits for our vice presidents and director-level employees in the event of termination in certain circumstances. The employment agreements of our NEOs provide for severance benefits and therefore none of the NEOs is eligible to participate in the DaVita Severance Plan. See “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control” beginning on page 57 of this Proxy Statement for a description of the severance and change of control arrangements set forth in our employment agreements with the NEOs.

The terms of individual agreements vary but under our current stock-based award agreements accelerated vesting of stock-based awards is generally triggered when a change of control event occurs and either the acquiring entity fails to assume, convert or replace the stock-based award or the grantee’s employment is terminated within the twenty-four-month period following a change of control or if the executive resigns for “good reason” or is terminated by the company without “cause” as provided in his or her applicable employment agreement. Our stock-based award agreements further provide that a change of control shall not be deemed to have occurred if the person acting as chief executive officer for the six months prior to such transaction becomes the chief executive officer or executive chairman of the board of directors of the acquiring entity and remains in such position for at least one year following the transaction and a majority of the acquiror’s board of directors immediately after such transaction consists of persons who were directors of the company immediately prior to such transaction. The additional acceleration provisions in our stock-based award agreements further serve to secure the continued employment and commitment of our NEOs prior to or following a change of control. See “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control” beginning on page 57 of this Proxy Statement for more information regarding accelerated vesting under our stock-based award agreements.

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Process For Determining Neo Compensation

Role of Independent Compensation Committee

Our executive compensation and benefits programs are designed and administered under the direction and control of the Committee. Our Committee is composed solely of independent directors, who review and approve our overall executive compensation programs, strategy and policies and sets the compensation of our executive officers.

When recruiting new executives, the Committee and our CEO evaluate the comparative compensation of executives within the company with similar levels of responsibility, the prior experience of the executive and expected contributions to company performance. Thereafter, each executive’s compensation is reviewed annually by the Committee and CEO, and considered for adjustment based on individual performance and other factors.

When evaluating performance, we base compensation decisions on an assessment of company and individual performance over the year, taking individual accomplishments into consideration in light of the totality of circumstances together with individual potential to contribute to the company’s future growth. We believe that all of our NEOs have the ability to influence overall company policies and performance and, accordingly, should be accountable for company-wide performance as well as the areas over which they have direct influence. The differences in total annual compensation levels among the NEOs are based on their individual roles and responsibilities within the company and their relative individual performance. The Committee uses its judgment in awarding compensation to our NEOs in accordance with the overall objectives of the company’s compensation programs.

The Committee takes into consideration a number of factors when determining the elements and amounts of compensation awarded to our NEOs, including individual performance, overall financial and non-financial performance of the company for the year, individual skill sets and experience relative to industry peers, readiness for promotion, past and expected future performance, the importance and difficulty of achieving future company and individual objectives, the value of each executive’s outstanding equity awards, aggregate historical compensation, levels of responsibility and performance relative to other executives within the company, importance to the company and difficulty of replacement. The Committee also gives significant weight to our clinical performance and quality of patient care. Accordingly, company-wide patient clinical outcomes and improvements in quality of patient care, and each NEO’s contributions in those areas, can have a significant impact on NEO compensation.

The company-wide factors taken into consideration by the Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:

overall revenue growth, increases in our treatment volume, market share increases, improvements in cost per treatment, operating income growth, operating margin growth, increases in earnings per share and improvement in the company’s debt to equity ratio;

healthcare regulatory compliance initiatives;

improved strategic positioning;

improved positioning of the company for continued growth and diversification;

improved organizational capabilities;

patient growth;

relationships with private payors;

improved clinical outcomes, vaccination rates and fistula utilization;

relationships with medical directors;

selection and implementation of improved financial, operating and clinical information systems;

management performance in attracting and retaining high-performing employees throughout our organization and succession planning;

implementation of successful public policy efforts;

good corporate citizenship; and

advancement of strategic business initiatives supporting our mission to be the provider, partner and employer of choice.

The Committee retains discretion as to how to weight these factors. There is no formal weighting of the individual elements considered and no particular elements are required to be considered with respect to a given individual or in any particular year.

When determining annual compensation for our NEOs, other than for our CEO, the Committee works closely with our CEO to review each individual’s performance for the year and determine such NEO’s compensation. Shortly following the end of each year, our CEO provides his assessment of each NEO’s performance during the year based on his personal experience with the individual, the NEO’s achievement of success in areas determined to be significant to the company, and any changes in responsibility levels. The Committee also considers performance discussions that have taken place at the Board and Committee level regarding the NEOs, retention objectives and the future growth potential of the individual executive. Our CEO recommends to the Committee the amounts of cash and stock-based compensation for each of the NEOs. The Committee considers the recommendations made by the CEO regarding the other NEOs but retains the discretion to deviate from those recommendations. Neither the CEO nor other members of management provide a recommendation to the Committee with regard to the CEO’s compensation.

The Committee evaluates our CEO’s performance at the same time it sets the compensation of the other NEOs. When evaluating the performance of our CEO and making decisions about his compensation, the Committee considers overall company performance as part of the assessment of our CEO’s performance but does not rely on the achievement of specific objectives to determine his compensation. The Committee also considers a self-assessment prepared by our CEO. As part of this self-assessment, our CEO reviews with the Committee the overall annual management objectives of the company and his participation in the attainment or level of responsibility for the shortfall of such objectives. Approximately every other year, the Committee engages an outside independent consultant to conduct an in-depth analysis of our CEO’s performance as a manager during the year. The most recent assessment took place in 2011. This evaluation involves a rigorous assessment of our CEO’s performance by members of the senior management team. The results of this assessment are reviewed by the Board and the Committee and is one of the many factors considered when making compensation decisions. As further described below, the Committee’s independent compensation consultant provides the Commitee with an analysis of comparative market data on the cash, stock-based compensation and total compensation for senior executives, including the CEO, at a group of comparable companies within our industry. The compensation package for our CEO is approved by the Committee, subject to ratification by the independent members of the Board.

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Role of Independent Compensation Consultant

The Committee has selected and directly retains the services of Compensia, an independent national compensation consulting firm. The Committee has the sole authority to retain or replace Compensia in its discretion. Compensia does not provide consulting services to the company and may not provide such services without prior approval of the chair of the Committee. Compensia only provides compensation consulting services to the Committee, and works with the company’s management only on matters for which the Committee is responsible. The Committee has assessed the independence of Compensia pursuant to the rules of the SEC and concluded that Compensia’s work for the Committee does not raise any conflicts of interest. The Committee periodically seeks input from Compensia on a range of external market factors, including evolving compensation trends, appropriate peer companies and market survey data. Compensia also provides general observations on the company’s compensation programs, but it does not determine or recommend the amount or form of compensation for the NEOs.

Market Competitiveness

We evaluate the overall competitiveness of our executives’ total direct compensation each year in order to assist in executive retention. For 2012, the Committee retained Compensia to perform a comprehensive market analysis of our executive compensation programs and pay levels.

In 2013, Compensia provided the Committee with an analysis of comparative market data on the cash, stock-based compensation and total compensation for senior executives at a group of comparable companies within our industry. In addition to public executive compensation data, the Committee reviewed the compensation practices of our comparator peer group for purposes of benchmarking and to understand general compensation practices of our peers, consisting of the following companies, which are all in the health care services, diagnostics and solutions markets:

Company(1)

1-Year TSR(2)

 

Market

Capitalization

(in millions)(3)

 

Net Income for

Last 4 Quarters

(in millions)(4)

 

Revenue for

Last 4 Quarters

(in millions)(4)

 

Community Health Systems, Inc.

106.6

%

$

3,581

 

$

234

 

$

14,104

 

Coventry Health Care, Inc.

54.4

%

$

6,269

 

$

487

 

$

13,980

 

Express Scripts, Inc.

4.4

%

$

44,363

 

$

1,120

 

$

79,070

 

HCA Holdings, Inc.

92.1

%

$

16,092

 

$

1,605

 

$

34,848

 

Health Management Associates, Inc.

62.9

%

$

2,656

 

$

147

 

$

6,397

 

Health Net, Inc.

(27.9

%)

$

2,266

 

$

121

 

$

11,238

 

HealthSouth Corporation

23.7

%

$

2,184

 

$

188

 

$

2,127

 

Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

(12.1

%)

$

570

 

$

(31

)

$

6,164

 

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

(2.1

%)

$

8,458

 

$

598

 

$

5,632

 

Lincare Holdings Inc. (5)

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

Magellan Health Services, Inc.

5.1

%

$

1,451

 

$

144

 

$

3,099

 

MEDNAX Services, Inc.

20.1

%

$

4,329

 

$

241

 

$

1,817

 

Omnicare, Inc.

20.1

%

$

4,384

 

$

167

 

$

6,188

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

1.1

%

$

9,042

 

$

556

 

$

7,489

 

Tenet Healthcare, Inc.

83.5

%

$

4,151

 

$

33

 

$

9,062

 

Universal Health Services, Inc.

39.0

%

$

5,475

 

$

403

 

$

7,369

 

Summary Statistics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75th Percentile

58.7

%

$

7,364

 

$

521

 

$

12,609

 

50th Percentile

20.1

%

$

4,329

 

$

234

 

$

7,369

 

DaVita

41.1

%

$

11,263

 

$

536

 

$

8,186

 

DaVita Percentage Rank

65

%

 

88

%

 

77

%

 

60

%

(1)

The Company’s peer group was compiled by Compensia and approved by the Committee.

(2)

Data as of January 31, 2013.

(3)

Data as of February 12, 2013.

(4)

Financial data generally publicly available as of February 6, 2013.

(5)

Lincare Holdings Inc. was acquired by The Linde Group in August 2012 and was excluded from percentile calculations, but its compensation was included in Compensia’s analysis of comparative market data.

In 2012, the Committee used the comparator peer group described above. The Committee considered the market data information in Compensia’s 2012 report, along with other factors, in determining 2012 base salary amounts, 2012 bonus amounts for 2011 performance, and LTIP awards granted in December 2012.

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Like our 2012 peer group, our 2013 comparator peer group includes a diverse representation in various health care services, diagnostics and solutions markets because we compete in this broad industry group for executive talent. Our comparator peer companies are comparable to us in their size, as measured by market capitalization, net income and revenues. Compensation paid by this comparator peer group is representative of the compensation we believe is required to attract, retain and motivate our executive talent. The Committee, in conjunction with Compensia, reviews the composition of this group annually and makes adjustments to the composition of the group as it deems appropriate. The majority of the companies in our comparator peer group have remained the same over the years. The group therefore provides a fairly consistent measure for comparing executive compensation.

The Committee considered Compensia’s analysis (based on publicly disclosed compensation practices) of the compensation of executives serving in similar positions at comparable companies to obtain a general understanding of current compensation practices in our industry. The analysis provided by Compensia was used to provide context for the compensation decisions made in 2013 for 2012 performance, but the Committee’s decisions were not directly related to or otherwise based upon the comparative data. Instead, the Committee used this comparative data as one of many factors considered to set the compensation for our NEOs. The Committee also used the analysis as a tool to assess how well the company is implementing its core compensation objective of awarding compensation weighted heavily in favor of variable compensation tied to performance. The emphasis on equity awards as compared to cash compensation was reflected in the results of Compensia’s analysis which showed that the percentage of overall average equity awards as compared to overall average cash awards for our NEOs in 2012 was higher than the median for comparable companies.

In its 2013 report, Compensia found that the total direct compensation for our NEOs clusters above 75% of our 16-company 2012 comparator peer group. In approving executive compensation, the Committee considered that the company’s market capitalization is at the 88th percentile of our 2012 comparator peer group and the company’s size, in terms of net income and revenue, is greater than the median of our 2012 comparator peer group. Further, the Committee notes that the company’s TSR was above the 75th percentile for one-year TSR and above the 80th percentile for five-year compound average annual TSR of its industry peers (i.e., companies in the same GICS group as the company) and above the 75th percentile for one-year TSR and above the 80th percentile for five-year and ten-year compound average annual TSRs of the 2012 comparator peer group companies. The company also has a record of sustained performance against the 2012 comparator peer group companies, posting above the 70th percentile for three-year operating margin and net margin and above the 60th percentile for revenue growth against the 2012 comparator peer group companies. The Committee also considers each NEO’s roles and responsibilities within the company, individual performance, company performance and internal pay equity in addition to the results of the competitive pay analysis.

Risk Considerations in Our Compensation Program

The Committee, with the assistance of Compensia, conducted a review of the company’s material compensation policies and practices applicable to its employees, including its executive officers. Based on this review, the Committee concluded that these policies and practices do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the company. The key features of the executive compensation program that support this conclusion include:

a balance between cash and equity compensation;

a balance between short-term and long-term performance focus;

short-term incentive opportunities are capped and are not linked to any one specific goal;

equity awards have meaningful vesting requirements and relatively short terms;

a clawback policy that permits the Board to recover bonuses, incentive and equity-based compensation from executive officers and members of the Board;

stock ownership guidelines; and

significant independent Committee oversight.

Compensation Policies & Practices

We are committed to strong governance standards with respect to our compensation programs, procedures and practices. We believe that the following aspects of our compensation programs are indicative of this commitment.

Management Share Ownership Policy

We have a share ownership policy that applies to all full-time members of our management team at the vice president level and above and any part-time vice presidents who continue to receive equity awards under our equity compensation programs. The management share ownership policy is similar to our share ownership policy that applies to all non-management members of the Board described on page 15 of this Proxy Statement. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that our executive officers and other members of our senior management team accumulate a meaningful ownership stake in the company over time by retaining a specified financial interest in our common stock. Both shares owned directly and shares underlying vested but unexercised stock appreciation rights (including SSARs), stock options and shares underlying unvested restricted stock units are included in the determination of whether the share ownership guidelines are met. The total net realizable share value retained must have a current market value of not less than the lower of 25% of the total equity award value in excess of $100,000 realized to date by the executive (since promotion to VP); or a specific multiple of the executive’s base salary. The salary multiple requirement for our current NEOs is 5.0 for Mr. Thiry, 3.0 for Messrs. Kogod and Rodriguez, 2.0 for Mr. Usilton and Ms. Rivera, and 1.0 for Mr. Hilger. As of December 31, 2012, all of the NEOs meet or exceed our share ownership policy and guidelines.

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Policy Regarding Clawback of Bonuses and Incentive Compensation

In 2010, the Board adopted a clawback policy that permits the Board to recover bonuses, incentive and equity-based compensation from executive officers and members of the Board whose fraud or intentional misconduct was a significant contributing factor to the company having to restate all or a portion of its financial statements. The policy allows for the recovery of any bonus or incentive compensation paid to those executive officers or directors, the cancellation of restricted or deferred stock awards and outstanding stock awards granted to those executive officers or directors, and the reimbursement of any gains realized that are attributable to such awards to the fullest extent permitted by law. The policy allows for the foregoing actions to the extent that the amount of incentive compensation was calculated based upon the achievement of certain financial results that were subsequently reduced due to a restatement; the executive officer or director engaged in any fraud or intentional misconduct that was a significant contributing factor to the company having to restate its financial statements; and where the amount of the bonus or incentive compensation that would have been awarded to the officer had the financial results been properly reported would have been lower than the amount actually awarded. The company will not seek to recover bonuses or incentive or equity-based compensation paid or vested more than three years prior to the date the applicable restatement is disclosed.

Tax And Accounting Considerations

When reviewing compensation matters, the Committee considers the anticipated tax and accounting treatment of various payments and benefits to the company and, when relevant, to its executives. Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally disallows a tax deduction for compensation in excess of $1 million paid to the chief executive officer and the three other most highly compensated NEOs employed at the end of the year (other than the chief financial officer), such executives hereinafter referenced as “covered employees.”

Certain compensation is specifically exempt from the deduction limit to the extent that it does not exceed $1 million during any fiscal year or is “performance-based” as defined in Section 162(m). While the Committee recognizes the desirability of preserving the deductibility of payments made to the NEOs, the Committee believes that it must maintain flexibility in its approach in order to structure a program that is the most effective in attracting, motivating and retaining the company’s key executives.

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code requires programs that allow executives to defer a portion of their current income to meet certain requirements regarding risk of forfeiture and election and distribution timing (among other considerations).

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code requires that “nonqualified deferred compensation” be deferred and paid under plans or arrangements that satisfy the requirements of the statute with respect to the timing of deferral elections, timing of payments and certain other matters. Failure to satisfy these requirements can expose employees and other service providers to accelerated income tax liabilities and additional taxes and interest on their vested compensation under such plans. Accordingly, as a general matter, it is our intention to design and administer our compensation and benefits plans and arrangements for all of our employees and other service providers, including our NEOs, so that they are either exempt from, or satisfy the requirements of, Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

The company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, which requires the company to recognize compensation expense for share-based payments (including SSARs, RSUs and other forms of equity compensation). FASB ASC Topic 718 is taken into account by the Committee in determining to use a portfolio approach to equity grants, awarding SSARs and RSUs on a value-equivalent basis considering the natural economic exchange ratios implied by their approximate respective fair values.

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation Committee of the Board is currently composed of three independent, non-employee directors. The Compensation Committee oversees the company’s compensation programs on behalf of the Board. The Compensation Committee reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth in this Proxy Statement with management.

Based on the Compensation Committee’s review and discussion with management, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in the company’s Proxy Statement for the company’s 2013 annual meeting of stockholders and the company’s annual report on Form 10-K.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

John M. Nehra (Chairman)

Peter T. Grauer

Roger J. Valine

The information contained above under the caption “Compensation Committee Report” will not be considered “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC, nor will that information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into a filing.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

2012 Summary Compensation Table

Name and Principal

Position

Year

Salary

($)

Bonus(1)

($)

Stock

Awards(2)

($)

Option

Awards(3)

($)

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation(4)

($)

All Other

Compensation(5)

($)

 

Total

($)

Kent J. Thiry

Chairman of the Board of Directors
and Chief Executive Officer

2012

$

1,050,000

$

200,000

$

7,976,044

$

12,074,350

$

5,000,000

$

498,727

$

26,799,121

2011

$

1,050,000

$

200,000

 

$

12,057,150

$

3,750,000

$

484,495

$

17,541,645

2010

$

1,020,000

$

200,000

$

4,755,000

$

4,729,560

$

3,125,000

$

291,483

$

14,121,043

Dennis L. Kogod

Chief Operating Officer

2012

$

800,004

$

118,000

$

4,036,057

$

1,358,364

$

1,400,000

$

45,877

$

7,758,302

2011

$

800,010

$

118,000

 

$

6,028,575

$

1,750,000

$

107,383

$

8,803,968

2010

$

727,075

$

118,000

$

2,377,500

$

2,364,780

$

1,500,000

$

17,095

$

7,104,450

Javier J. Rodriguez

President

2012

$

700,001

$

76,423

$

4,036,057

$

1,358,364

$

1,400,000

$

110,638

$

7,681,483

2011

$

549,990

 

 

$

3,835,663

$

750,000

$

35,379

$

5,171,032

2010

$

544,990

 

$

665,700

$

457,814

$

1,000,000

$

50,375

$

2,718,879

Luis A. Borgen (6)

Former Chief Financial Officer

2012

$

164,423

 

 

 

 

$

234

$

164,657

2011

$

450,000

 

 

$

452,422

$

100,000

$

660

$

1,003,082

2010

$

346,154

$

262,976

$

962,850

$

957,702

$

96,000

$

2,500

$

2,628,182

James K. Hilger

Interim Chief Financial Officer
and Chief Accounting Officer

2012

$

326,925

$

360,000

$

440,838

$

482,974

 

$

561

$

1,611,298

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim M. Rivera

Chief Legal Officer
and Corporate Secretary

2012

$

499,994

$

216,000

$

358,714

$

120,744

$

215,000

$

561

$

1,411,013

2011

$

465,376

$

896,000

 

$

1,446,858

$

180,000

$

660

$

2,988,894

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr. (7)

Senior Vice President

2012

$

484,614

$

1,000,000

 

 

$

335,000

$

56,304

$

1,875,918

(1)

The amounts reported in this column represent discretionary bonuses, including retention, relocation, signing and transaction bonuses, for the year with respect to which they were earned, regardless of when such bonuses are paid. Bonuses may be paid in cash, SSARs, restricted stock units or a combination of cash, SSARs, and restricted stock units. The cash component of annual incentive bonuses are also included in this column; except that the cash component of any bonus awarded under our EIP is included in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column. For 2012, our NEOs received relocation bonuses as follows: Mr. Thiry - $200,000; Mr. Kogod - $118,000; Mr. Rodriguez - $76,423; and Ms. Rivera - $114,000. The amount reported also includes the following: for Mr. Hilger, an annual performance-based cash bonus of $160,000 and a $200,000 discretionary bonus; for Ms. Rivera, a $102,000 discretionary bonus; and for Mr. Usilton, a $1,000,000 retention bonus as further described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis – Elements of Compensation – Relocation and Retention Bonuses.”

(2)

The amounts shown in this column reflect restricted stock unit awards and represent the aggregate grant date fair value of all such awards granted to the executive during the year as estimated by the company in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a discussion of the relevant assumptions used in calculating these amounts pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718.

(3)

The amounts shown in this column reflect SSAR awards and represent the aggregate grant date fair value of all such awards granted to the executive during the year as estimated by the company in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a discussion of the relevant assumptions used in calculating these amounts pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718.

(4)

The amounts shown in this column constitute payments made under our EIP. Under our EIP, awards are reported for the year with respect to which they were earned, regardless of when the award is paid. Please see “Elements of Compensation—Annual Performance-Based Cash Compensation—Executive Incentive Plan” in this Proxy Statement for a discussion of the performance criteria under the EIP.

(5)

Amounts included in this column are set forth by category below. The amounts disclosed, other than use of a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft, are the actual or share of actual costs to the company of providing these benefits. Because a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft is used primarily for business purposes, we do not include in incremental cost the fixed costs that do not change based on usage. The incremental cost to us of personal use of a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft, including use for commuting, is calculated based on the variable operating costs related to the operation of the aircraft, including fuel costs and landing fees, trip-related repairs and maintenance, catering and other miscellaneous variable costs. Fixed costs that do not change based on usage, such as pilot salaries, training, utilities, depreciation, management fees, taxes and general repairs and maintenance are excluded. The value of the personal use of a fractionally-owned or chartered corporate aircraft by our NEOs is included in their personal income in accordance with applicable tax regulations.

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Name and Principal Position

Year

Aircraft Usage(a)

($)

Life Insurance

Premiums

($)

Total All Other

Compensation

($)

 

Kent J. Thiry

2012

$

497,379

$

1,348

$

498,727

Dennis L. Kogod

2012

$

45,221

$

656

$

45,877

Javier J. Rodriguez

2012

$

110,077

$

561

$

110,638

Luis A. Borgen

2012

 

$

234

$

234

James K. Hilger

2012

 

$

561

$

561

Kim M. Rivera

2012

 

$

561

$

561

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.

2012

$

56,023

$

281

$

56,304

(a)

For purposes of calculating the incremental costs to the company of each NEO’s personal use of company aircraft, the total cost of the flight is allocated to personal use based upon the relative ratio of personal mileage to total mileage. Costs for fuel, ground costs, catering costs, landing fees, domestic passenger fees and federal excise tax charges are also included, if applicable.

(6)

Mr. Borgen served as our chief financial officer through April 15, 2012.

(7)

Mr. Usilton is no longer an executive officer of the company effective April 1, 2012, and has been employed by the company on only a part-time basis since such date.

Employment Agreements

On July 25, 2008, we entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Thiry which replaced his employment agreement that was entered into on October 18, 1999 (as amended on May 20, 2000, November 28, 2000 and March 30, 2005). The employment agreement provides for an initial term through July 25, 2011 and continues thereafter with no further action by either party for successive one-year terms. The successive one-year terms of Mr. Thiry’s employment agreement enables us to carry forward his visions and strategy and his unique skills. Mr. Thiry is eligible to receive a bonus based upon the achievement of performance goals as determined by the Committee and the independent directors in accordance with the Committee charter. His target incentive bonus under his employment agreement is his annual base salary in effect during the beginning of the applicable fiscal year, although his actual incentive bonus may exceed that amount in a particular year, and has exceeded that amount in recent years.

We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Kogod effective October 24, 2005. This agreement was subsequently amended effective December 12, 2008 and December 31, 2012. The agreement provides for employment at will, with either party permitted to terminate the agreement at any time, with or without cause, subject to notice requirements. Mr. Kogod is eligible to receive a discretionary performance bonus with the actual amount to be decided by our CEO and/or the Board or the Committee.

We entered into an employment agreement with Ms. Rivera effective October 19, 2009. The agreement provides for employment at will, with either party permitted to terminate the agreement at any time, with or without cause, subject to notice requirements. Ms. Rivera is eligible to receive a discretionary performance bonus with the actual amount to be decided by our CEO and/or the Board or the Committee.

We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Hilger effective September 22, 2005. This agreement was subsequently amended effective December 12, 2008 and December 27, 2012. The agreement provides for employment at will, with either party permitted to terminate the agreement at any time, with or without cause, subject to notice requirements. Mr. Hilger is eligible to receive a discretionary performance bonus with the actual amount to be decided by our CEO and/or the Board or the Committee.

We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Rodriguez effective March 17, 2010. The agreement provides for employment at will, with either party permitted to terminate the agreement at any time, with or without cause, subject to notice requirements. Mr. Rodriguez is eligible to receive a discretionary performance bonus with the actual amount to be decided by our CEO and/or the Board or the Committee.

We entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Usilton effective August 16, 2004. This agreement was subsequently amended effective December 15, 2006 and December 12, 2008. The agreement provides for employment at will, with either party permitted to terminate the agreement at any time, with or without cause, subject to notice requirements. Mr. Usilton is eligible to receive a discretionary performance bonus with the actual amount to be decided by our CEO and/or the Board or the Committee. Effective April 1, 2012, Mr. Usilton is no longer an executive officer of the company and since that date has been employed by the company on only a part-time basis.

For a description of certain termination and change of control provisions included in the employment agreements for our NEOs, please see “Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control” beginning on page 57 of this Proxy Statement.

The following table sets forth information concerning awards made to each of the NEOs under the company’s EIP and equity compensation plans during 2012.

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2012 Grants of Plan-Based Awards

Name

Grant

Date

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards(1)(2)

All Other

Stock Awards:

Number of

Shares of

Stock or Units

(#)

All Other Options

Awards: Number

of Securities

Underlying

Options

(#)(5)

Exercise or

Base Price

of Option

Awards

($/Sh)

Grant Date

Fair Value

of Stock

and Option

Awards

($)(6)

Threshold

($)

Target

($)

Maximum

($)

Kent J. Thiry

(1)

 

 

$

1,050,000

$

5,000,000

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

500,000

$

110.68

$

12,074,350

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

72,064

(3)

 

 

7,976,044

Dennis L. Kogod

(1)

 

 

$

1,500,000

$

5,000,000

 

 

 

(2)

$

1,228,500

$

2,457,000

$

10,000,000

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

56,250

$

110.68

$

1,358,364

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

22,403

(3)

 

$

2,479,564

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

14,063

(3)

 

$

1,556,493

Javier J. Rodriguez

(1)

 

 

$

750,000

$

2,500,000

 

 

 

(2)

$

1,228,500

$

2,457,000

$

10,000,000

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

56,250

$

110.68

$

1,358,364

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

22,403

(3)

 

$

2,479,564

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

14,063

(4)

 

$

1,556,493

James K. Hilger(7)

(2)

$

218,500

$

437,000

$

10,000,000

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,000

$

110.68

$

482,974

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

3,983

(3)

 

$

440,838

Luis A. Borgen(1)(8)

 

 

 

$

100,000

$

2,500,000

 

 

 

Kim M. Rivera

(1)

 

 

$

180,000

$

2,500,000

 

 

 

(2)

$

164,000

$

328,000

$

10,000,000

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,000

$

110.68

$

120,744

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

1,991

(3)

 

$

220,364

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

 

1,250

(4)

 

$

138,350

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.(1) (9)

 

 

 

$

0

$

2,500,000

 

 

 

(1)

For 2012, non-equity incentive awards to Messrs. Thiry, Kogod, Rodriguez and Usilton and Ms. Rivera were made under the EIP. The “maximum” amounts shown in the table above reflect the largest possible cash payments under the EIP for the 2012 performance period for purposes of qualifying the plan under Section 162(m) of the Code. There are no thresholds or targets under the EIP; however, pursuant to Mr. Thiry’s employment agreement, his target incentive bonus opportunity for each fiscal year shall be equal to 100% of his base salary in effect at the beginning of such fiscal year; provided, that the amount of his bonus may exceed 100% of his base salary if target performance goals for the fiscal year are exceeded. With respect to Messrs. Kogod, Rodriguez, Borgen and Usilton and Ms. Rivera, because the Committee does not set a target amount under the EIP, the target amount reported is the cash bonus amount earned by each of them under the EIP in 2011. The EIP provides that the Committee may use “negative discretion” to award any amount that does not exceed the maximum. In each case, the cash bonus amounts actually earned by Messrs. Thiry, Kogod, Rodriguez and Usilton and Ms. Rivera in 2012 are reported in the “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” column of the “2012 Summary Compensation Table.” For a description of the EIP, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Annual Performance-Based Cash Compensation—Executive Incentive Plan” in this Proxy Statement.

(2)

Non-equity incentive awards were also granted under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan in the form of cash-based performance awards to Messrs. Kogod, Rodriguez and Hilger and Ms. Rivera on December 18, 2012. The “maximum” amounts shown in the table above reflect the largest possible payments under the cash-based performance awards for the 2013-2014 performance period for purposes of qualifying the plan under Section 162(m) of the Code. The amounts shown in the “Threshold” column reflect the threshold cash-based performance award which is 50% of the amount shown in the “Target” column. The maximum amount of any cash-based performance award payable to any executive officer is $10,000,000. However, the target award values for each of the NEOs at the time of grant is substantially lower than the maximum and are set forth in the column entitled “Target” above. For a description of the cash-based performance awards, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Incentive Program—Cash-Based Performance Awards” in this Proxy Statement.

(3)

This number represents time vested RSUs granted under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. For a description of the RSU awards, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Incentive Program—Equity Awards—Restricted Stock Units” in this Proxy Statement.

(4)

This number represents RSUs granted under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. For a description of the RSUs, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Incentive Program—Restricted Stock Units” in this Proxy Statement.

(5)

This number represents SSARs awarded under the 2011 Incentive Award Plan. For a description of the SSARs, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Incentive Program—Equity Awards—Stock Appreciation Rights” in this Proxy Statement.

(6)

These amounts are the aggregate grant date fair values of each award determined pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718. See Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a discussion of the relevant assumptions used in calculating grant date fair value pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 718.

(7)

Mr. Hilger did not participate in the EIP in 2012. Accordingly, the incentive award earned by Mr. Hilger for his 2012 performance is reported in the “Bonus” column of the “2012 Summary Compensation Table” in this Proxy Statement.

(8)

Mr. Borgen received no grants of equity-based awards and did not earn any cash bonus amount under the EIP for the year ended December 31, 2012.

(9)

Mr. Usilton received no grants of equity-based awards for the year ended December 31, 2012.

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Narrative to the Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table

Awards

See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Annual Performance-Based Cash Compensation—Executive Incentive Plan,” and “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Elements of Compensation—Long-Term Incentive Program” in this Proxy Statement for a description of the EIP, and grants of cash-based performance awards, SSARs, and RSUs.

The following table sets forth information concerning outstanding stock options and SSARs and unvested stock awards held by each of the NEOs at December 31, 2012.

2012 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

Name

Grant Date

Option Awards

 

Stock Awards

Number

of Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options (#)

Exercisable

 

Number

of Securities

Underlying

Unexercised

Options (#)

Unexercisable

Option

Exercise

Price

($)

Option

Expiration

Date

Number

of Shares or

Units of Stock

That Have

Not Vested

(#)

Market Value

of Shares or

Units of Stock

That Have

Not Vested(1)

($)

Kent J. Thiry

3/2/2009

321,666

(2)

108,334

(2)

$

46.26

3/2/2014

 

 

3/31/2010

206,250

(3)

93,750

(3)

$

63.40

3/31/2015

 

 

4/13/2011

 

500,000

(5)

$

86.70

4/13/2016

 

 

12/18/2012

 

500,000

(6)

$

110.68

12/18/2017

 

 

3/31/2010

 

 

 

 

37,500

(7)

$

4,144,875

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

72,064

(9)

$

7,965,234

Dennis L. Kogod

3/2/2009

 

58,334

(2)

$

46.26

3/2/2014

 

 

3/31/2010

13,375

(3)

46,875

(3)

$

63.40

3/31/2015

 

 

4/13/2011

 

250,000

(5)

$

86.70

4/13/2016

 

 

12/18/2012

 

56,250

(6)

$

110.68

12/18/2017

 

 

3/31/2010

 

 

 

 

18,750

(7)

$

2,072,438

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

14,063

(10)

$

1,554,383

12/18/2012

 

 

 

22,403

(9)

$

2,476,204

Javier J. Rodriguez

3/6/2009

54,166

(2)

10,834

(2)

$

45.72

3/6/2014

 

 

3/31/2010

16,333

(4)

11,667

(4)

$

63.40

3/31/2015

 

 

4/13/2011

 

130,000

(5)

$

86.70

4/13/2016

 

 

12/8/2011

 

40,000

(8)

$

73.92

12/8/2016

 

 

12/18/2012

 

56,250

(6)

$

110.68

12/18/2017

 

 

3/31/2010

 

 

 

 

7,000

(11)

$

773,710

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

14,063

(10)

$

1,554,383

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

22,403

(9)

$

2,476,204

Luis A. Borgen(14)

 

 

 

 

 

James K. Hilger

3/2/2009

 

3,334

(2)

$

46.26

3/2/2014

 

 

 

3/31/2010

416

(4)

2,084

(4)

$

63.40

3/31/2015

 

 

 

4/13/2011

 

17,500

(5)

$

86.70

4/13/2016

 

 

 

12/18/2012

 

20,000

(6)

$

110.68

12/18/2017

 

 

 

3/31/2010

 

 

 

 

1,667

(12)

$

184,254

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

3,983

(9)

$

440,241

Kim M. Rivera

1/8/2010

7,500

(2)

25,000

(2)

$

61.00

1/8/2015

 

 

4/13/2011

 

60,000

(5)

$

86.70

4/13/2016

 

 

12/18/2012

 

5,000

(6)

$

110.68

12/18/2017

 

 

 

1/8/2010

 

 

 

 

5,000

(13)

$

552,650

12/18/2012

 

 

 

 

1,250

(10)

$

138,163

12/18/2012

 

 

 

1,991

(9)

$

220,065

Thomas O. Usilton, Jr.

3/2/2009

 

8,333

(2)

$

46.26

3/2/2014

 

 

 

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(1)

The market value of shares or units of stock that have not vested reflects the $110.53 closing price of our stock on December 31, 2012, as reported by the NYSE.

(2)

These SSARs vest 25% on the first anniversary, 8.33% on the 20th month and 8.33% every four months thereafter from the grant date.

(3)

These SSARs vest 25% on the first anniversary and 6.25% every three months thereafter from the grant date.

(4)