Medical Providers Target Diabetic Patients


BANGOR - Providing healthcare to people living with diabetes is costly and medical insurers know that.


Around 26 million Americans have Diabetes, two-thirds of which are overweight or obese.  Customizing a plan helps combat the disease.


"We want to save our costs for the patients, the provider and their healthcare," said Nurse Colleen Loveless.  Colleen works hand in hand with primary care coordinators.


"Management it's not just a matter of taking a people," Diabetes Specialist Heather Leclerc said.  Diabetes is very much self-driven."  Leclerc has had the disease herself for 20 plus years.


Health can be secondary to people struggling to pay bills.


Leclerc said, "Their biggest concern is not their health.  It is how they are going to pay for their heating bill and how they will get their next meal on the table."


The Eastern Maine Health System is an Accountable Care Organization, whose goal is to lower costs for patients and insurers.  The EMHS works with Beacon Health Strategies to integrate behavioral care with medical care and develop  patient relationships with primary care coordinators. 


"If the patient doesn't have to go to the emergency room, it's less money for their copay," said Loveless.  "Less money out of their pocket."


A lifestyle with proper management can be cost-effective to patients and providers.

Patrick Thomas


Patrick is a Southern boy at heart and was raised in Gadsden, Alabama, an hour northeast of Birmingham, AL. He is a General Assignment Reporter for ABC 7/FOX 22, having joined the news team in March 2014 and has a passion for getting to know the issues that affect the lives of Bangor and Maine residents. He is from small town America too so don’t be afraid to approach him with story ideas and questions. His passion for Broadcast News began at a young age and is now living out his dream.

He is not a stranger to the northeast! He graduated from Boston University’s Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism in December. During his time at BU, he did everything from doing Play-by-Play for Women’s Hockey games to reporting on the Boston Marathon Bombings and the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. Patrick held internships with Newton News, ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, AL and Comcast Sportsnet New England. He was voted Best Newcomer to WTBU Sports and was the budget editor for a student run news site called Boston University News Service that won two awards from the Online News Association for their Marathon Bombing Coverage.

Before attending Boston University, Patrick attended Birmingham-Southern College where he played four years of college football. In his free time, he loves to exercise and is a football fanatic. He loves his Auburn Tigers football! War Eagle!!! He also loves the Atlanta Braves. If you ever see him out in Bangor, feel free to ask him about football strategy. He loves talking X’s and O’s.

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