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  1. Your article seems to use "nursing home" "senior care" and "long-term care" interchangeably. There is a difference. Does Indiana have 49,000 nursing home beds? 49,000 senior care beds? Something else?

  2. My father recently moved to an assisted living facility which accepted Medicaid. His health and quality of life have increased significantly. He could not afford it but for Medicaid. So...speak for yourself (or whatever industry you seem to be representing) when you say it is a travesty that federal dollars are spent on nursing care.

  3. Now that we know for sure that the jail and justice center are relocating it seems like the rest of this block is now available to be redeveloped. Does it not make more sense to re-envision this whole plan rather than try and squeeze something into one strip? I think they should wait and come up with a plan for that entire block.

  4. Indiana ranks pretty close to the bottom when it comes to quality of care ranking. The industry in Indiana has some of the lowest rankings in the nation when it comes to nurses per patient in a nursing home, RN versus LPN or lower. There a several more rankings or score categories in which Indiana's nursing home s rank extremely low. PLEASE NOTE: INDIANA HAS ONLY 5 NURSING HOMES STATEWIDE EQUIPPED TO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS WHO NEED LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT.YOU WOULD NOT PUT YOUR WORSE ENEMY IN ANY OF THEM. I KNOW, I HAD TO USE WHAT WAS CONSIDERED THE BEST OF THE FIVE. MY FATHER WAS DEAD IN TWO DAYS FROM BEING ADMITTED.

  5. In normal markets, you would be correct. But things don't tend to work that way in health care because providers don't compete on price. Since the vast majority of long-term care patients are paid for by Medicaid or Medicare, which set prices based on cost calculations rather than negotiate prices with providers, the providers that cut their fees will not attract more patients--or will not attract nearly enough to make it worth it. So no one cuts prices. Instead, the way to attract patients is to offer nicer facilities and nicer amenities, to boast higher quality or to remain more convenient to the residents' families. Those things tend to add costs, not reduce them.