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Questionable Diabetes Treatment That Raised Hopes Now At The Center Of Criminal Charges

Questionable Diabetes Treatment That Raised Hopes Now At The Center Of Criminal Charges

Questionable diabetes treatment that raised hopes now at the center of criminal charges A national network of clinics claims it offers a miraculous procedure to treat diabetes, but many in the medical community are not convinced. Special correspondent Cheryl Clark from inewsource tells the story of a couple in rural Montana who believed in the treatment and even invested in opening their own clinic, before its founder was arrested on federal public corruption charges. But first, around 30 million Americans, one-tenth of the country's population, live with diabetes. Medical guidelines for treatments include a healthy diet, exercise and regulating blood sugar levels. As with many diseases, there are also unproven treatments that have produced anecdotal success stories. From inewsource, an independently funded nonprofit media organization, Cheryl Clark reports. Dillon is a small rural town of about 4,000 people in Southwestern Montana's Beaverhead Valley. Here, everyone knows everyone, including Ron and Julie Briggs. Four years ago, Ron, the county coroner, was ready to give up on his longtime fight with diabetes. I have been a diabetic for 55 years. I have heard from everybody under the sun. Everybody's got a cure for diabetes. His diabetes was so severe, he often landed in the local hospital in a diabetic coma. But Ron's wife, Julie, wouldn't give up hope. And I thought, we have worked really hard, and I don't want my husband to die now. At a particularly low point in 2014, Julie started searching online for diabetes treatments. She discovered a national network of clinics called Trina Health. It was founded by Sacramento lawyer G. Ford Gilbert, who said he had developed a miraculous procedure to treat diabetes. Gilbert insisted in a February interview with us that his Continue reading >>

Nyc's First Diabetes Relief Center Coming To The Bronx - Welcome2thebronx

Nyc's First Diabetes Relief Center Coming To The Bronx - Welcome2thebronx

Diabetes Relief Center is scheduled to open its doors this coming September. Relief for diabetics is coming to The Bronx with the new Diabetes Relief Center bringing, the most important advancement for treatment since insulin for the disease. The Bronx, with the worst health outcome as the unhealthiest of 62 counties in New York State, leads the city and state with one of the highest rates of diabetes. In fact, 3 of the 5 neighborhoods with the highest rates are in the Bronx: Fordham, Northeast Bronx, and the South Bronx. Now, thanks to Diabetes Relief Centers, quality of life for thousands of Bronxites and New Yorkers with diabetes is about to change as they get ready to open up their first center not just in New York City but the entire Northeast. The treatment, which according to Diabetes Relief Centers, mimics effect that normal pancreas has on liver, is administered intravenously in their clinical centers and delivers micro pulses of insulin. Unlike traditional insulin treatment which simply treats glucose, this treatment affects nerve endings, the brain, retinas, liver, kidneys and according to research has been shown to halt or even reverse serious complications from advanced diabetes. The nearly 6,000 square foot center coming to 2825 Third Avenue at 149th Street in the Third Avenue Business Improvement District at The Hub will provide roughly 25-35 treatment chairs and the ability to treat roughly 600 patients weekly in an area that is considered to be ground zero of diabetes in NYC. In fact, 15% of adults in the Melrose/Mott Haven area where the center is opening have been diagnosed with diabetes ranking in 7th in the city. The Diabetes Relief Center South Bronx brings health equity to an area which has long been dominated by some of the highest rates of diab Continue reading >>

Former Acc Head Backed Trina's Diabetes Therapy

Former Acc Head Backed Trina's Diabetes Therapy

Former ACC Head Backed Trina's Diabetes Therapy Company persuaded Jack Lewin, MD, to speak on controversial treatment's behalf Last month,MedPage Todayand San Diego-based partnerinewsourcereported on Trina Health, a chain of diabetes care clinics providing a controversial regimen of insulin infusions. That investigation focused on Trina's origins and marketing claims and on founder G. Ford Gilbert's business and legal troubles . Here we report on a well-known figure in cardiovascular medicine who -- unlike nearly all of his physician colleagues -- found the claims credible and lent his name to the enterprise. Lawyer G. Ford Gilbert, the recently indicted founder of the national diabetes network Trina Health , hitched his clinic's expansion plans to a big name in organized medicine and health policy: Jack Lewin , MD. Lewin was CEO of the California Medical Association for more than 11 years, CEO of the American College of Cardiology for more than five and president and CEO of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation for four. He chairs the board of the National Coalition on Health Care in Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2017, Lewin added another title to his resume. He took on a job as chief medical and science advisor for a New York investor group that had contracted with Gilbert to open one of the largest Trina clinics in the country, the Trina Diabetes Relief Center South Bronx . Gilbert says his " Artificial Pancreas Treatment " protocols, which he has sold to numerous medical and investor groups for $300,000 or more since 2011, reverse complications of diabetes -- like nerve pain, heart disease and kidney damage -- through four-hour long weekly IV infusions of insulin. But dozens of diabetes experts call Gilbert's treatment a "scam" or "a fraud," saying it lacks sc Continue reading >>

Home - Diabetes Relief Centers

Home - Diabetes Relief Centers

The way to change the game is this treatment, available at The Diabetes Relief Center. For the first time, you have a treatment available to help repair the bodys metabolic problem which accompanies diabetes. Our treatment is a revolutionary new approach to diabetes care. Through the use of microdosing of insulin we are able to mimic the function of a healthy pancreas; treating, healing, and in some cases even reversing serious symptoms of diabetes. Diabetes Relief Centers offers a revolutionary treatment that changes the way we can treat diabetes, one that actually helps repair the broken metabolic systems in your body that have caused your problems, and may even reverse the damage the disease has caused. There have been nearly 250,000 treatments without a single adverse event. Diabetes is a breakdown of your bodys ability to process the carbohydrates you eat. You almost certainly got this disease through your genes and not because of your lifestyle. Start feeling better today! Talk to our clinical experts and find out if the Trina Treatment is right for you. 866-224-4662 The treatment is Covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and Most Major Insurance Continue reading >>

New Diabetes Treatment Center To Open In Hub

New Diabetes Treatment Center To Open In Hub

Drug mimics the effects of a functioning pancreas for patients A state-of-the-art diabetes treatment center is coming soon to a place where it’s needed the most: the South Bronx. California-based Trina Health will open a new Diabetes Relief Center in the fall, offering a form of treatment new to the area, in a 6,000-square-foot space at 2825 Third Ave. in the Hub. The company operates treatment centers in 14 states around the country, but the Mott Haven clinic will be New York’s first. The new center comes as welcome news for Mott Haven/Melrose, where 15 percent of adults have been diagnosed with the disease, according to a 2015 NYC health department report. That is the 7th-most out of 59 neighborhoods studied. The report also found that the area has the city’s second-highest rate of avoidable adult diabetes hospitalizations, more than twice the citywide rate. In addition, 17 percent of adults in the neighborhood went without needed medical care for all conditions, the worst rate in the city, according to the report. Dr. Ray Basri, chief operational medical director at the new center, said the clinic is “something that really offers hope.” The Trina Treatment that will be administered intravenously, also known as the Artificial Pancreas Treatment, mimics the effect that a normally functioning pancreas has on the liver. By delivering precise bursts of insulin, it is intended to stimulate the liver and reawaken dormant metabolisms. It also stimulates the brain, muscle, retina, liver, kidneys, and nerve endings, which sets it apart from more limited, traditional insulin therapy, which only treats glucose. According to Trina Health’s founder and CEO, Dr. G. Ford Gilbert, once the core problem of diabetes is addressed, the tissue is able to heal itself the way no Continue reading >>

Another Downside To U.s. Healthcare System: Way More Opportunities For Fraud

Another Downside To U.s. Healthcare System: Way More Opportunities For Fraud

Another downside to U.S. healthcare system: Way more opportunities for fraud Experts say the complex and fragmented nature of the U.S. healthcare system makes it more tempting, and easier, for medical scammers to commit fraud. (IStockphoto / Getty Images) It's no secret that Americans pay more for healthcare than people in all other developed countries. And a big reason for that is because our $3 trillion healthcare system is focused to a large extent on generating profits for businesses, rather than the well-being of patients. Much of that profit-seeking is perfectly legitimate, by which I mean it's frequently outrageous, unethical and immoral, but within the letter of the law. Then there's all the profiteering that occurs in the shadows, seeking to exploit the insane complexity of the U.S. healthcare system and in so doing drive costs even higher. "All healthcare systems have fraud," said David Frankford, a law professor at Rutgers University. "But the U.S. system is so complicated and so fragmented, it just makes it easier to get away with." A good example arose this week with the indictment of the owner of a Sacramento company, Trina Health, that offers what it calls "one of the most important advancements in the treatment of diabetes since insulin." G. Ford Gilbert was charged by the U.S. Justice Department with bribing an Alabama lawmaker to help expand Trina Health's business by forcing an insurance company to cover the company's treatment, which most major insurers, including Medicare, had deemed medically useless. The indictment is eye-opening on a number of levels, not least the extremes this California business owner allegedly went to in order to pad his own pockets and enrich investors all at the expense of insurers, which pass along costs to policyholders, Continue reading >>

Diabetes Center Opens In The South Bronx

Diabetes Center Opens In The South Bronx

Stephon Johnson | 11/16/2017, 11:13 a.m. On World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14), the South Bronx celebrated the opening of a center designed to combat the condition that afflicts many of its residents. Right off The Hub shopping area at East 148th Street and Third Avenue, the Diabetes Relief Centers South Bronx location finds itself in ground zero of the epidemic. The Bronx is rated last in health among New York States 62 counties in New York State, and leads New York City and New York State in diabetes rates. Three of the top five neighborhoods with the highest rates of diabetes are located in the Bronx (including Fordham). Ray Basri, the centers medical director, said that its their job is to help people live at their healthiest through multiple means. I think the most important thing is that its a place that people can come for consultation, Basri said. And we can explore the possibility of optimizing treatment. Were about providing better care that focuses, first of all, on education and, second of all, on nutrition. Theres emotional support for people to know that theyre not at fault for their diabetes. We want to try and make people feel like there are ways to receive care that aligns with what they want to see for themselves. Were hoping its gonna be part of the solution, continued Basri. Were hoping we can add a kind of treatment that will reduce complications. That treatment is known as the Trina Treatment, named after developer Dr. Ford Gilberts daughter who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. This is a treatment that has proved itself in other regions around the country, said Diabetes Relief Centers of America President and Co-Founder Lon G. von Hurwitz. [Gilbert] came up with a way to use microburst insulin to mimic what the pancreas should do in p Continue reading >>

'this Isn't Science'

'this Isn't Science'

The treatment room of the Diabetes Relief Center in the South Bronx. The clinic says its treatment can help ease complications related to diabetes. (Miamichelle Abad) Its a Thursday afternoon, and in a renovated suite above a discount furniture store, eight people sit dozing in royal blue recliners. The room around them is spacious and bright, with blond wood floors and windows overlooking the street. In the background, quiet music mingles with the bustle of nurses checking vitals and adjusting IVs. They murmur questions to their patients, who sit waiting, as insulin pulses slowly into their veins. The scene feels modern and serene like medical care from Ikea. This is the Diabetes Relief Center, a clinic in New York Citys South Bronx. The clinic says its cutting-edge therapy can help alleviate diabetes most dangerous complications. Frank a Boston businessman who asked that we not include his last name to protect his medical privacy has just wrapped up his first round of treatment. Im going to be one of their toughest cases, he said. But if it has the effect Im hopeful for, it can change your life. Frank has Type 2 diabetes, and says his soaring glucose levels have put him in danger of kidney failure. Then youre on dialysis for the rest of your life, he said. So Im really trying to avoid that. Thats why hes spent the last two afternoons sitting in the clinics treatment room, receiving an IV infusion. Staff at the clinic say its supposed to reteach the pancreas to more effectively metabolize sugar. Frank isnt the only one pinning his hopes on the clinics treatment. When the Diabetes Relief Center opened last fall in the South Bronx, it received a warm welcome. Local media called the treatment innovative, a game changer and state of the art. Bronx County and the South Bro Continue reading >>

Diabetes Relief Center Patient: Theres A Miracle Working Here

Diabetes Relief Center Patient: Theres A Miracle Working Here

Since she began treatments at the DRC, her chronic listlessness has morphed into motivation and energy and the tingling in her hands and legs is now gone. So Patricia Greaves has concluded, Theres a miracle working here. Greaves, a nurses aid from Jackson Heights who is in her third month of treatments at the DRC, has significant family history with Diabetes. Her mother and brother have it. Her grandmother died from it. She too, was debilitated from the disease, suffering many sleepless nights for almost seven years. But, things changed, she says, as soon as her second treatment at the DRC. Im not shut down like I used to shut down, she said. The treatment is working. They hook me to the machine and take my blood sugar and then they give me the treatment based on the numbers. I only have good readings now. Those readings are monitored not only by DRC staff, but by Luis Rodriquez, her husband of one year who dutifully accompnies her to each treatment. It was Luis who heard about the DRC from a church friend and encouraged his wife to try. Ive definitely seen her change, he willingly admitted. Then he added with a grin, I researched the Trinia Treatment and a brochure said that even your sex life would improve. I said, yeah, right. Guess what! They both laughed. Across the expansive room with the comfy treatment chairs is lifelong Bronxite Raymond Seda, 67, a retired doorman who is getting his fifteenth treatment. He too suffered with Diabetes for seven years, but has seen positive changes since being treated at the DRC. Hes losing weight and says he has more energy to walk further. Also, he heals quicker. The other day I banged my little toe and the whole side turned black and blue, he said. Within a couple of days it was normal again. It came back to pinkish color. In Continue reading >>

Artificial Pancreas Treatment The New Frontier In Diabetes, Not Just Glucose, But Metabolism.

Artificial Pancreas Treatment The New Frontier In Diabetes, Not Just Glucose, But Metabolism.

Artificial Pancreas Treatment the new frontier in diabetes, not just glucose, but metabolism. Houston is the first city in Texas to offer theArtificial Pancreas Treatment (APT). Forthe first time, the complications of diabetes,such as nephropathy and neuropathy, canbe halted and even reversed, hypertensionnormalized, retinopathy halted andreversed, black toes saved, open woundshealed in weeks, and the entire milieu ofdiabetes complications, which are causedby improper metabolism, are effectivelytreated by restoring proper carbohydratemetabolism. With over 200,000 treatmentsthere have been no reported adversereactions. Dont confuse this with other pumpsclaiming to be an artificial pancreas. Thisis not the Medtronic artificial pancreas,widely publicized today. That device deliverssubcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) withan alarm and does not effectuate body-widechanges in carbohydrate metabolism. What is the Trina Health ArtificialPancreas Treatment (APT)? The Trina Health APT is intermittentpulsatile intravenous insulin therapythat should be used in combination withstandard hypoglycemic treatments for thetreatment of type I and type II diabetesmellitus. Whereas the goal of conventional diabeticregimens is to reduce hyperglycemia andre-establish euglycemia, the function of theTrina Health APT is to correct abnormalcarbohydrate metabolism, the underlyingetiology of diabetes mellitus. This isaccomplished by recapitulating theendogenous pulsatile secretion of insulinfrom the pancreas with first-pass metabolismby the liver, thus re-approximating itssystemic metabolic effects of blood glucoseregulation. The Trina Health APT utilizes a patented,FDA-cleared Bionica Microdose infusionpump that re-approximates the periodicityand amplitude of pulsatile insulin secretionfrom the pa Continue reading >>

New Clinic To Provide Innovative Treatment For Diabetes

New Clinic To Provide Innovative Treatment For Diabetes

New clinic to provide innovative treatment for diabetes Right, Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director, presents a ceremonial check to Dr. George Farrell III, medical director of Trina Health, and John Chmara, project manager. Others in the photo are, from left, Curtis Gillespie, Doyle Rasnick and Darrell Addison, all with the Tazewell County IDA. TAZEWELL, Va. A new clinic in Tazewell County is not only providing an innovative treatment for diabetes, it is also creating up to 21 jobs over the next five years. With a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and a loan from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), Trina Health of Pounding Mill has completed renovations of an existing building and is providing the breakthrough technology treatment, the first clinic of its kind in the state to do so. County, regional and state dignitaries were on hand for the announcement of the completion of the renovations Thursday in Cedar Bluff. John Chmara, project manager, said that according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 12.5 percent of the population of Tazewell County has been diagnosed with diabetes. We are very excited about getting this clinic open, he said. We want to thank the Tazewell County IDA (Industrial Development Authority), VCEDA and the Tobacco Commission for their confidence and support. This clinic will bring some much needed treatment to Tazewell County, said Pat Green, county administrator. Green said the clinic is already open and the company wanted to wait until after the work was completed to make the announcement about the clinic and the treatment. That treatment, developed by Trina Health, which is based in California, is called Artificial Pancreas Treatment (APT) and is for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It Continue reading >>

Doctors Debunk Diabetes Treatment As Fraud Charges Hit Clinic Executive

Doctors Debunk Diabetes Treatment As Fraud Charges Hit Clinic Executive

Just imagine: A nonsurgical treatment that helps millions of people with complications from diabetes restore vision, repair damaged kidneys, and reverse heart disease and cognitive decline. A treatment that heals wounds in their legs and feet, repairs damage from stroke, and eliminates a common type of diabetic nerve pain called neuropathy. The nation has a limited supply of healthcare dollars to spend on drugs and services, which is why the government and health plans require scientific evidence of patient benefit. This is especially important for the 30.3 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, whose medical costs in 2012 totaled $245 billion. Thats what lawyer G. Ford Gilbert and his network of Trina Health clinics have been promising with his IV insulin infusions offered through his Sacramento-based company. The Trina CEO calls the procedure miraculous, and the first real change in treatment for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes since the 1921 discovery of insulin . Gilbert has not been deterred by the nations top experts in diabetes who aggressively debunk his procedure, calling it outright fraud and a scam. Nor has he seemed daunted by Medicare and some private insurance companies, which have refused to pay for outpatient insulin infusion procedures because they lack sufficient evidence of medical benefit. The American Diabetes Association dissuades patients from seeking Gilberts branded Artificial Pancreas Treatment , saying people with diabetes are a particularly vulnerable population. Despite these obstacles, Gilbert has openly marketed his infusion protocols for years, expanding across 17 states, even as investigations, audits and payment denials have shut down many of his clinics. Now his Trina Health operation faces a new threat. A federal grand jury Continue reading >>

Treatment Battle Leads To Accusations Of Criminal Activity

Treatment Battle Leads To Accusations Of Criminal Activity

A New York Firm Dedicated to Health Care Law Treatment battle leads to accusations of criminal activity On behalf of Rivas Goldstein, LLP posted in Health Care Investigations on Monday, April 23, 2018. Medicare and private insurance companies rarely cover new treatments. Treatment provider Trina Health is currently attempting to navigate this common issue. Trina claims the treatment meets the criteria for a current billing code covered by insurance. As such, the clinic has been using this code to receive payment. Insurance providers disagree and argue that the clinic is guilty of fraud. Trina Health has offices across the country, including here in New York. In New York, the facility operates as the Diabetes Relief Center South Bronx. The group claims to have a new treatment for diabetes that can cure many of the complications that come with diabetes. A cure that does not require surgery. The Artificial Pancreas Treatment involves the infusion of insulin through an IV. Medical professionals in the field have debunked the procedure . Medicare and private insurance companies have refused to pay for the treatment due to a lack of sufficient evidence to show a medical benefit. Yet Trina continued to bill Medicare and private insurers. The clinics have faced serious trials from Medicare and insurance providers. 13 clinics have closed, siting audit investigations, reimbursement denials and fraud accusations. The CEO of Trina Health, G. Ford Gilbert, also faces additional accusations. Dr. Thomas Aoki, a University of California Davis endocrinologist, claims the Artificial Pancreas Treatment was his creation. As such, he is suing Mr. Gilbert based on accusations of copyright and patent infringement as well as trade secret violations. Alabama recently indicted Mr. Gilbert on ch Continue reading >>

Miracle Or Scam? The Strange Tale Of Trina Health

Miracle Or Scam? The Strange Tale Of Trina Health

Miracle or Scam? The Strange Tale of Trina Health by Cheryl Clark, Senior Staff Writer inewsource/MedPage Today This is the first installment in a two-part investigation of Trina Health, a national clinic chain offering a unique and some say unproven treatment for patients with diabetes, whose founder and chief executive is now caught up in a federal prosecution. Lawyer G. Ford Gilbert and his network of Trina Health clinics promise a nonsurgical treatment that restores vision, repairs damaged kidneys, and reverses heart disease and cognitive decline related to diabetes. They claim the treatment heals wounds in the legs and feet, repairs damage from stroke, and eliminates neuropathy, through a proprietary protocol of "microburst" insulin infusions, licensed by Gilbert's Sacramento, Calif.-based company and delivered through investor-owned and operated outpatient clinics. The Trina CEO calls the procedure "miraculous," and the first "real change" in treatment for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes since the 1921 discovery of insulin . But the American Diabetes Association dissuades patients from seeking Gilbert's branded " Artificial Pancreas Treatment ," saying people with diabetes are a particularly vulnerable population. Top diabetes specialists have called it outright fraud and a scam. Nor has he seemed daunted by difficulties in winning reimbursement from third-party payers including Medicare and some private insurers, which say the expensive procedure lacks evidence of medical benefit. Despite these obstacles, despite investigations, audits and payment denials that have shut down many of his clinics, Gilbert has openly marketed his infusion protocols for years, expanding across 17 states. Now his Trina Health operation faces a new threat. A federal grand jury i Continue reading >>

Trina Health Diabetic Patients Are Denied Life-changing Coverage By Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Trina Health Diabetic Patients Are Denied Life-changing Coverage By Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Trina Health Diabetic Patients Are Denied Life-Changing Coverage by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Largest insurance provider in state of Alabama denies claims and retroactively bills for previously approved claims October 01, 2015 11:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time MONTGOMERY, Ala.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Trina Health of Alabama opened two state-of-the-art clinics in Fairhope and Foley in 2015 with the goal of bringing life-changing treatment to the many Alabamians suffering from diabetes. The Artificial Pancreas Treatment (APT) plays a key role in reversing many of the devastating effects of diabetes. It has proven particularly successful in correcting the core problem of the disease: abnormal formation, breakdown and interconversion of carbohydrates in the body. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the largest health insurance provider in the state with 2.1 million policy holders, issued a denial of coverage to Trina Health for APT earlier this summer. After initially covering the treatment it began retroactively billing patients for months of treatments already received. With more than 550,000 people in Alabama suffering from diabetes, and more than a million in the prediabetes stage, the states diabetes epidemic is huge. Nowhere in the country is the rate of diabetes higher, says Ford Gilbert, founder of Trina Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield providers in other states have approved the treatment; yet in Alabama, where it really hurts, coverage has been denied. Not only will diabetics needing the treatment suffer, Alabama taxpayers must continue to pay millions of their hard-earned tax dollars for unnecessary medical costs related to the complications of diabetes. Many years of research and testing went into the development of FDA-cleared APT and it has a history of succes Continue reading >>

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