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Hustling Hope: Big name in medicine touted Trina diabetes treatment before founder’s indictment

Hustling Hope: Big name in medicine touted Trina diabetes treatment before founder’s indictment

Sacramento lawyer G. Ford Gilbert, the recently indicted founder of the national diabetes network Trina Health, hitched his clinic’s expansion plans to a big national name in organized medicine and health policy: Dr. Jack Lewin. Lewin was CEO of the California Medical Association for more than 11 years, CEO of the American College of Cardiology for more than five years ... Read More »

Hustling Hope: San Diego doctor runs controversial diabetes clinic

Hustling Hope: San Diego doctor runs controversial diabetes clinic

Just about every Tuesday morning around 7:30, John McCreary of Poway can be found waiting for Dr. James Novak’s office to open. Almost always, McCreary said, he’s the first one there. Novak’s practice is listed as the only one in the San Diego area offering Trina Health’s “Artificial Pancreas Treatment,” a four-hour IV insulin infusion procedure for people with diabetes. ... Read More »

Hustling Hope: Doctors debunk diabetes treatment as fraud charges hit clinic executive

Hustling Hope: 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. That’s what lawyer G. Ford Gilbert and his network of ... Read More »

Medical examiner: Homeless deaths on the rise in San Diego County

Medical examiner: Homeless deaths on the rise in San Diego County

Volunteers were out early Friday canvassing the streets, canyons and riverbanks as part of San Diego County’s annual homeless count. But one stat is already known: The number of homeless people dying in the county increased significantly in 2017, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Last year, the office recorded 126 homeless deaths — up 17 percent over the 108 ... Read More »

Problems with Hospice Compare website delay release of new data

Problems with Hospice Compare website delay release of new data

Quality of care in the nation’s hospices came under the spotlight in August when the agency that runs Medicare rated some 3,800 facilities nationally, including about two dozen in San Diego County, on seven measures. Now, the same federal agency that published the online scorecard, Hospice Compare, is getting attention because its website has flaws, and that has delayed the ... Read More »