Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #100--September 6, 2001

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar/caar-index.htm

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I. Data:

1. PSID: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics has recently made available its 1999 Public Release I Family and Individual data via its interactive PSID Data Center data extractor.

http://stat0.isr.umich.edu/psid/data-center/data-center.html
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2. NLS USER'S GUIDE: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the"NLS Mature Women Cohort 2001 User's Guide," (August 2001, .pdf format, 176p.). This publication is a "guide to the 1967-1999 National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women Data." It can be downloaded in its entirety or chapter by chapter.

http://www.bls.gov/nls/mwguide/nlsmwusg.htm
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3. MEPS: The US Department of Health and Social Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Medical Expenditure Panel Survey has released "Insurance Component Tables (Health Insurance Cost Study) 1999" (.pdf format). Tables for 1996-1998 are also available.

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Data_Pub/IC_Tables.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

4. USDA ERS REPORT: "Income and Food Expenditures Decomposed by Cohort, Age, and Time Effects," by Noel Blisard (United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Technical Bulletin No. 1896, August 2001, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

This report expands aggregate life cycle expenditure analysis by separating generational or cohort effects from aging effects. This is important since different generations or age groups may exhibit expenditure patterns that are the result of higher incomes and/or different tastes and preferences. Ignoring these generational effects produces income and consumption age profiles that can be misleading. With accurate consumption and age profiles, policymakers can gain a better idea of food intake patterns by cohort, and thereby identify groups that may need additional diet and health information.

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/tb1896/

Click on "Entire Report" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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5. DHHS OIG AUDIT, REPORT:

A. "Medicaid Pharmacy - Actual Acquisition Cost of Brand Name Prescription Drug Products" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Audit A-06-00-00023, August 2001, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

This final report points out that significant savings could be realized on prescription drugs reimbursed by States under the Medicaid program. Most States use average wholesale price (AWP) minus a percentage discount as a basis for reimbursing pharmacies for brand name drug prescriptions. This discount averaged about 10.31 percent nationally in 1999. We believe it is not a sufficient discount to ensure that reasonable prices are paid for drugs. Our review of pricing information from 216 pharmacies in 8 States estimated that pharmacy actual acquisition cost nationwide averaged 21.84 percent below AWP in 1999. For the 200 brand name drugs with the greatest amount of Medicaid reimbursement in 1999 we calculated that as much as $1.08 billion could have been saved if reimbursement had been based on a 21.84 percent average discount from AWP. Our review was limited to ingredient acquisition costs and did not address other areas such as the cost of dispensing the drugs. Generally, States pay retail pharmacies for their dispensing action separately from the reimbursement for the prescription drug. We recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require the States to bring pharmacy drug reimbursement more in line with the actual acquisition cost of brand name drugs. The CMS agreed that an accurate acquisition cost should be used to determine drug reimbursement and will encourage States to review their estimates of acquisition costs in light of our findings.

http://www.hhs.gov/progorg/oas/reports/region6/60000023.htm

Click on "Complete Text of Report" for full text.

B. "Enrollment and Certification Processes in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Program" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-05-00-00251, August 2001, .pdf and HTML format, 18p.).

Abstract:

This final inspection report examined enrollment and certification processes in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program. Our inspection found significant vulnerabilities, such as lack of on-site visits, exist in waived and provider-performed microscopy laboratories. In many cases these laboratories have been found to be non-compliant. We found that some vulnerabilities also exist for moderate and high complexity laboratories, despite safeguards such as on-site visits. We made several recommendations including that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services educate laboratory directors and consider conducting on-site visits to a random sample of waived and provider-performed microscopy laboratories.

HTML:

http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/oei-05-00-00251.htm

.pdf:

http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/a537.pdf
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6. FDA TALK PAPER: "FDA Approves First Pacemaker For Congestive Heart Failure" (US Food and Drug Administration Talk Paper T01-39, August 2001).

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2001/ANS01100.html
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7. _JAMA_ POETRY AND MEDICINE: "The Alzheimer Sonnets," by Ronald Pies (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Poetry and Medicine, Vol. 286, No. 9, Sep. 5, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1013).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v286n9/ffull/jpm10243-1.html
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8. _BMJ_ NEWS, ARTICLE, PRIMARY CARE, EDUCATION AND DEBATE:

A. "Life expectancy rates show health inequalities," by Lynn Eaton (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 323, No. 7311, Sep. 1, 2001, p. 471).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7311/471/c

B. "Prescribing of drugs for use outside their licence in palliative care: survey of specialists in the United Kingdom," by Hilary Pavis and Andrew Wilcock (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 323, No. 7311, Sep. 1, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 484-485).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7311/484

C. "Randomised controlled trial of an interactive multimedia decision aid on hormone replacement therapy in primary care," by Elizabeth Murray, Hilary Davis, Sharon See Tai, Angela Coulter, Alastair Gray, and Andy Haines (_British Medical Journal_ Primary Care, Vol. 323, No. 7311, Sep. 1, 2001, HTML and .pdf format).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7311/490

D. "Regulatiing Nursing Homes: Residential nursing facilities in the United States," by Charlene Harrington (_British Medical Journal_ Education and Debate, Vol. 323, No. 7311, Sep. 1, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 507-510).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7311/507
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9. _LANCET_ SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, POLICY AND PEOPLE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Report urges swift action on global ageing 'crisis'," by Jonathan Watts (_Lancet_ Science and Medicine, Vol. 358, No. 9283, Sep. 1, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 731).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9283/full/llan.358.9283.news.17502.1

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.358.9283.news.17502.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Singapore starts national screening programme for older people," by Salma Khalik (_Lancet_ Policy and People, Vol. 358, No. 9283, Sep. 1, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 736).

HTML:

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9283/full/llan.358.9283.news.17501.2

.pdf:

http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.358.9283.news.17501.2&x=x.pdf
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10. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Skin Problems in the Elderly," by Lina F. Kanj and Tania J. Phillips (_Wounds_, Vol. 13, No. 3, May/June 2001, p. 93-97).

http://www.medscape.com/42216.rhtml?srcmp=ms-083101

or

http://www.medscape.com/HMP/wounds/2001/v13.n03/w1303.02.kanj/w1303.02.kanj-01.html

B. "Medicare Coverage of Pharmacist Services," by Jane S. Ricciuti (Medscape Pharmacists In Focus, 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/42202.rhtml?srcmp=ms-083101

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/pharmacists/journal/2001/v02.n04/mph7810.ricc/mph7810.ricc-01.html

C. "Androgen Replacement in the Aging Man," by Randall B. Meacham (_Infections in Urology_, Vol. 14, No. 2, July/August 2001, p. 30).

http://www.medscape.com/42208.rhtml?srcmp=ms-083101

or

http://www.medscape.com/SCP/IIU/2001/v14.n02/u1402.06.meac/u1402.06.meac-01.html

D. "The Role of Physicians in Mammography Referral for Older Caribbean Women in Canada," by Ilene Hyman, Mony Singh, Farah Ahmad, Marta Meana, Usha George, Lilian M. Wells, and Donna Stewart (_Medscape Women's Health_, Vol. 6, No. 5, September/October 2001).

http://womenshealth.medscape.com/Medscape/WomensHealth/journal/2001/v06.n05/wh0903.hyma/wh0903.hyma-01.html
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11. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLES:

A. "Suddenly, Social Security matters to baby boomers," by Howard Fineman (_Newsweek_, Sep. 10, 2001).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/622753.asp

B. "Star Wars And Social Security: Personal-investment accounts sound good, but if they're set up, will they actually work?" by Jane Bryant Quinn (_Newsweek_, Sep. 3, 2001).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/619528.asp
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12. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "New Cash From Old Trusts," by Ashlea Ebeling (_Forbes_, Sep. 17, 2001).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2001/0917/144.html
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13. _FORTUNE_ ARTICLE: "The Oldest Living Inveterate Trader Tells All," by Andy Serwer (_Fortune_, Sep. 17, 2001).

http://www.fortune.com/indexw.jhtml?channel=artcol.jhtml&doc_id=204061

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III. Working Papers:

14. NBER: "Social Security," by Martin Feldstein and Jeffrey B. Liebman (National Bureau of Economic Research W8451, September 2001, .pdf format, 108p.).

Abstract:

This paper, a forthcoming chapter in the _Handbook of Public Economics_, reviews the theoretical and empirical issues dealing with Social Security pensions. The first part of the paper discusses pure pay-as-you-go plans. It considers the effects of introducing such a plan on the present value of consumption, the optimal level of benefits in such plans, and the empirical research on the effects of pay-as-you-go pension systems on labor supply and saving. The second part of the paper discusses the transition to investment-based systems, analyzing the effect on the present value of consumption of such a transition and considering such issues as the distributional effects and risk associated with such systems.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8451

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the abstract or submit your email address for full text.
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

15. Abstracts in Social Gerontology (Vol. 44, No. 2, June 2001). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) of this issue is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database.

16. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 154, No. 5, September 2001). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) of this journal may be available. Check your organization's library.

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol154/issue5/index.shtml

17. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 8, No. 5, 2001).

http://www.ejpc.co.uk/ejpc/ejpc8no5.htm

18. Health and Social Work (vol. 26, No. 2, May 2001). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) of this issue is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database.

19. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 20, No. 5, September 2001). Note: Full electronic text may be available. Check your organization's library.

http://www.elsevier.nl/homepage/sae/econbase/jhe/
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20. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 13, No. 3, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 49, No. 7, 2001).

Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 13, No. 1, 2001).

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 58, No. 3, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.
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21. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 5, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH NIA: "Aging, Race, and Ethnicity in Prostate Cancer (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-02-003, Aug. 29, 2001). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-02-003.html

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VI. Conferences/Workshops:

23. HCFA: 2001 Medicare Managed Care Enrollment and Payment Conference (US Health Care Financing Administration), to be held in Baltimore Maryland, Sep. 24-26, 2001. For more information see:

http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/mgd-sem.htm
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24. RESDAC MEDICARE DATA WORKSHOP: The Research Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota is offering "HCFA 101: Introduction to the Use of Medicare Data for Research," Oct. 29-31, 2001 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, including registration information see:

http://resdac.umn.edu/HCFA101.htm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

25. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Administration's Principles to Strengthen and Modernize Medicare," a hearing held Jul. 19, 2001.

Full hearing transcript:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/fullcomm/107cong/7-19-01/107-39final.htm

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

26. AOA INTERNET INFORMATION NOTES ADDITION: The US Administration on Aging has added a page of links to topics on "The Internet and Older Adults" to its Internet Information Notes meta-site.

The Internet and Older Adults:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/NAIC/Notes/olderadults.html

Internet Information Notes:

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/NAIC/Notes/default.htm
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27. MEDSCAPE RESOURCE CENTER: OSTEOPOROSIS: Medscape offers this meta-page of links concerning osteoporosis. Included are links to news, articles, practice guidelines, conference summaries, journal scans, and treatment updates, among other features.

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/features/ResourceCenter/Osteoporosis/public/RC-Index-Osteoporosis.html

 

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu