Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:16 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:16:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on I-15 near the Speedway which claimed three lives.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:09:19 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increasedMore>>
While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increased faster in the suburbs than elsewhere.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:55:14 GMT
Three-thousand graduates walked the stage for the 50th UNLV commencement ceremonies. This is the day college students wait for. It's the end of late night study sessions and the beginning of their careers.More>>
Around 3,000 graduates walked the stage for the 50th UNLV commencement ceremonies.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:44 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:44:48 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
A father may be getting a small bit of closure following the arrest of two suspects police say are responsible for his son's death.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:33 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:33:14 GMT
LAS VEGAS - More than 2,700 College of Southern Nevada students will graduate Monday night. Many graduates, however, are discovering few job opportunities once they enter the workforce. Half of the graduatesMore>>
More than 2,700 College of Southern Nevada students will graduate Monday night. Many graduates, however, are discovering few job opportunities once they enter the workforce.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks why minor accident scenes aren't cleared in a more timely fashion. With minor, injury-free accidents, Nevada Highway Patrol says motorists are required, by law, to move theirMore>>
A viewer asks why minor accident scenes aren't cleared in a more timely fashion.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:55 AM EDT2013-05-20 12:55:58 GMT
HENDERSON, Nev. - The flames could be seen for miles coming from a brush fire in Henderson on Sunday. The fire caused traffic to be shut down on a long stretch of Sunset Road between Arroyo Grande Parkway. TheMore>>
The flames could be seen for miles coming from a brush fire in Henderson on Sunday. The fire caused traffic to be shut down on a long stretch of Sunset Road between Arroyo Grande Parkway.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:11:37 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A vehicle rollover has sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in critical condition. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. on Pilot Road near Bermuda Road. The driver of had to be extricatedMore>>
A vehicle rollover sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in critical condition and injured two others Sunday evening.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:10:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- In political speeches around the country, Republicans and Democrats are promising that their party will save Medicare.
But to the doctors and professionals at University Medical Center, the Las Vegas valley's sole public hospital, how taxpayers pay for Medicare greatly affects how much the medical professionals can take care of sick and injured senior citizens.
Medicare is a public health insurance plan for senior citizens age 65 and older, and for those with certain medical conditions. For those who are insured through Medicare, a lot of changes are expected after election day
The one person in Las Vegas watching those changes with the most caution is UMC CEO Brian Brannman.
He rose up the ranks running Navy medical centers.
Brannman said he believes Nevada needs to have an honest debate about how this community pays for medical care.
"How do you justify that you've got folks with tremendous excess wealth driving around in $200,000 cars and you're offended that we're trying to spend a little bit of money to keep somebody at a basic standard of living?" he said.
Democrats support moving money out of Medicare Advantage, a program that allows seniors the option to contract through a private insurer, such as Humana or Anthem, for their care. The federal government then pays the insurance companies. The move to abolish the program is the target of several political ads.
One political ad said: "A trillion dollars. That's how much Shelley Berkley voted to cut Medicare."
But Brannman said Medicare Advantage never helped patients as much as it helped insurance company increase their profits.
"There's a great incentive for the insurance companies, who are sort of the underwriters of this, to negotiate better reimbursement rates for their behalf," Brannman said.
Hardly a day passes with a politician not making sweeping claims about Medicare.
"We're going to reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul the right way, by reducing the cost of health care, not by shifting it on to seniors," President Barack Obama said.
But Sen. Dean Heller disagreed: "You're going to have this decision on your behalf by some government bureaucrat as to whether you can receive the treatment you deserve or that you need, so that's un-American as far as I'm concerned and that's why I believe this legislation should be repealed and replaced with free market ideas."
Brannman said some of what's being said is scaring people more than informing them.
"You've got a group of health care professionals, folks who are experienced in the delivery of care, that are really measuring: What is the care you intend to provide against what does the evidence say?" he said. "What are the industry standards in the care?"
"It's not really the characterization of the death panel where you've got somebody sitting down deciding, ‘OK, Brian Brannman, you get no liver transplant, sorry.'"
Perhaps more alarming for UMC is that they see no clear long-term plan that fixes Medicare without finding more federal money or cutting benefits.
"We already absorb substantial amount of uncompensated care in the neighborhood of a couple hundred million dollars," he said. "To the extent that you're reimbursing me less than (at) cost, or right at the margin, then it makes it difficult to offset the care we provide to people who don't pay us at all."