Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #184--May 1, 2003

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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.html

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I. Data:

1. AHRQ MEPS:

A. "MEPS HC-051D: 2000 Hospital Inpatient Stays File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, April 2003, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation [codebooks in HTML or .pdf format] and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "The Hospital Inpatient Stays Public Use Data File is an event-level data file containing characteristics associated with the hospital inpatient stay event such as: the date of the hospital inpatient stay, reason for the stay, types of services received, condition(s) and procedure(s) associated with the hospital inpatient stay, and whether or not medicines were prescribed and imputed expenditure data."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=124

B. "MEPS HC-051A: 2000 Prescribed Medicines File," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, April 2003, data files are available in compressed ASCII and SAS transport format, documentation [codebooks in HTML or .pdf format] and SAS programming statements are also available). Note: "Each record represents one household-reported prescribed medicine that was purchased or obtained during calendar year 2000. These data were collected during the 2000 portion of Round 3 and Rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 4, as well as Rounds 1, 2 and the 2000 portion of Round 3 for Panel 5 of the MEPS HC. Each record on this event file represents a unique prescribed medicine event; that is, a prescribed medicine reported as being purchased or otherwise obtained by the household respondent, and includes the following: an identifier for each unique prescribed medicine; detailed characteristics associated with the event (e.g., national drug code (NDC), medicine name, etc.); conditions, if any, associated with the medicine; the date on which the person first used the medicine; total expenditure and sources of payments; types of pharmacies that filled the household's prescriptions; and a full-year person level weight."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=125

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II. Reports and articles:

2. GAO REPORT: "Retirement Income: Intergenerational Comparisons of Wealth and Future Income," (US General Accounting Office, GAO-03-429, April 25, 2003, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-429

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always be available at:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml
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3. NIH ANNOUNCEMENT: "Temporary NIA Policy on Funding Human Testosterone Intervention Studies," (US National Institutes on Health, National Institute on Aging, NOT-AG-03-001, April 21, 2003).

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-03-001.html
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4. DHHS PRESS RELEASE: "HHS Releases Quality Data About Home Health Agencies," (US Department of Health and Human Services, May 1, 2003). Note: See Item #32 of this report for more information about the Home Health Compare database.

http://www.dhhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030501.html
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5. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Inactivation of androgen receptor coregulator ARA55 inhibits androgen receptor activity and agonist effect of antiandrogens in prostate cancer cells," by Mujib M. Rahman, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Henry Lardy, and Chawnshang Chang (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 9, April 29, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5124-5129).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/9/5124

B. "Cancer-related changes in prostate DNA as men age and early identification of metastasis in primary prostate tumors," by Donald C. Malins, Paul M. Johnson, Edward A. Barker, Nayak L. Polissar, Thomas M. Wheeler, and Katie M. Anderson (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 9, April 29, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5401-5406).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/9/5401

C. "Cyclooxygenase-2 is instrumental in Parkinson's disease neurodegeneration," by Peter Teismann, Kim Tieu, Dong-Kug Choi, Du-Chu Wu, Ali Naini, Stphane Hunot, Miquel Vila, Vernice Jackson-Lewis, and Serge Przedborski (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 100, No. 9, April 29, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5473-5478).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/9/5473
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6. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Loss of bidirectional striatal synaptic plasticity in L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia," by Barbara Picconi, Diego Centonze, Kerstin Hkansson, Giorgio Bernardi, Paul Greengard, Gilberto Fisone, M. Angela Cenci and Paolo Calabresi (_Nature Neuroscience_, Vol. 6, No. 5, May 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 501-506).

http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/neuro/journal/v6/n5/abs/nn1040.html
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7. _SCIENCE MAGAZINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Initiation and Synergistic Fibrillization of Tau and Alpha-Synuclein," by Benoit I. Giasson, Mark S. Forman, Makoto Higuchi, Lawrence I. Golbe, Charles L. Graves, Paul T. Kotzbauer, John Q. Trojanowski, and Virginia M.-Y. Lee (_Science_, Vol. 300, No. 5619, April 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 636-640).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/5619/636

B. "DAF-16 Target Genes That Control C. elegans Life-Span and Metabolism," by Siu Sylvia Lee, Scott Kennedy, Andrew C. Tolonen, and Gary Ruvkun (_Science_, Vol. 300, No. 5619, April 25, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 644-647).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/5619/644
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8. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Effects of Comprehensive Lifestyle Modification on Blood Pressure Control: Main Results of the PREMIER Clinical Trial," by Writing Group of the PREMIER Collaborative Research Group (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 16, April 23, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2083-2093).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/16/2083

B. "Decreased beta Amyloid (1-42) and Increased Tau Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Patients With Alzheimer Disease," by Trey Sunderland, Gary Linker, Nadeem Mirza, Karen T. Putnam, David L. Friedman, Lida H. Kimmel, Judy Bergeson, Guy J. Manetti, Matthew Zimmermann, Brian Tang, John J. Bartko, and Robert M. Cohen (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 16, April 23, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2094-2103).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/16/2094
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9. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effectiveness of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine in Older Adults," by Lisa A. Jackson, Kathleen M. Neuzil, Onchee Yu, Patti Benson, William E. Barlow, Annette L. Adams, Christi A. Hanson, Lisa D. Mahoney, David K. Shay, and William W. Thompson, for the Vaccine Safety Datalink (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 348, No. 18, May 1, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1747-1755).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/348/18/1747?query=TOC
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10. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

"Initiation of population-based mammography screening in Dutch municipalities and effect on breast-cancer mortality: a systematic review," by Suzie J. Otto, Jacques Fracheboud, Caspar W. N. Looman, Mireille J. M. Broeders, Rob Boer, Jan H. C. L. Hendriks, Andr L. M. Verbeek, Harry J. de Koning, and the National Evaluation Team for Breast Cancer Screening (_Lancet_, Vol. 361, No. 9367, April 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML, p. 1411-1417).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol361/iss9367/abs/llan.361.9367.original_research.25411.1
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11. _BMJ_ LETTERS: "Effectiveness of hip protectors," by David Torgerson, Jill Porthouse, Pekka A. Kannus, Susan E. Kurrle, Ian D. Cameron, Gabriele Meyer, Andrea Warnke, and Ingrid Mhlhauser (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 326, No. 7395, April 26, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, p. 930).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/326/7395/930
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12. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "CMS Report Analyzes Factors Affecting the Marketing of Prescription Drugs," by Judith A. Waltz (_Drug Benefit Trends_, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2003, p. 23-27, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/452211?mpid=12670

B. "Expanding Role of Beta-Blockade in the Management of Chronic Heart Failure," by J. Herbert Patterson and Jo E. Rodgers (_Pharmacotherapy_, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2003, p. 451-459, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/451855?mpid=12670

C. "Radical Radiation for Localized Prostate Cancer: Local Persistence of Disease Results in a Late Wave of Metastases," (_Abstracts in Hematology and Oncology_, Vol. 6, NO. 1, 2003, p. 12-13, via Medscape). Note: This article is an abstract of an article appearing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Vol. 20, p. 3199-3205, by Coen JJ, Zietman AL, Thakral H, Shipley WU).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/452191?mpid=12670
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13. AARP REPORT: "Beyond 50.03: A Report to the Nation on Independent Living and Disability," by Mary Jo Gibson, Marc Freiman, Steven Gregory, Enid Kassner, Andrew Kochera, Faith Mullen, Sheel Pandya, Don Redfoot, Audrey Straight and Bernadette Wright (AARP, April 2003, .pdf format, 213p.). Note: "This report, the third in AARP's Beyond Fifty series, takes an in-depth look at the roles of supportive services, family and community, and our social and physical environments in enhancing the independence of persons 50+ with disabilities."

http://research.aarp.org/il/beyond_50_il.html

Links to the report are available in the middle of the page.
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14. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, April 2003, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ilc200304.pdf

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III. Working Papers:

15. NBER: "Household Portfolios in Japan," by Tokuo Iwaisako (National Bureau of Economic Research w9647, April 2003, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This paper provides an in-depth review and analysis of household portfolios in Japan. (1) Using both aggregate and disaggregate data, it is shown that the shares of equities in household financial wealth have been decreasing throughout the 1990s. Stock market participations of Japanese households also have declined in the last decade. This is in sharp contrast to the U.S. and European countries in which increasing trends in household stock holdings are observed. (2) Using survey data, age-related variation in stock shares in financial wealth is analyzed. Equity shares in financial wealth increases with age among young households, peaking in the fifties age group, then becoming constant. This peak comes in a much later stage of the life-cycle compared to other countries. Stock market participation varies in a way very similar to unconditional equity shares, while equity shares conditional on ownership exhibit no significant age-related pattern. This implies the age-related patterns are mostly explained by the decision to hold or not to hold stocks at all. Such a mechanism is the same as previous studies reporting about western countries. (3) Owner-occupied housing has significantly positive effect on stock market participation and stock shares in financial wealth. This suggests that the age-related pattern observed in stock holding cannot be analyzed separately from household's tenure choice of housing. Therefore any serious attempt at modeling Japanese households' dynamic portfolio choice should incorporate the effect of housing tenure choice.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W9647

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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16. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR [IZA], UNIVERSITY OF BONN:"Micro-Simulation of Social Security Reforms in Belgium by Raphal Desmet, Alain Jousten, Sergio Perelman, Pierre Pestieau (IZA Discussion Paper No. 735, March 2003, .pdf format, 22p.)

Abstract:

The present paper analyzes the budgetary impact of various Social Security reforms in the Belgian institutional setting. Our approach relies on parameters that were derived in Dellis et. al. (2002) using a micro-modeling strategy. Focusing our attention on a hypothetical age cohort, we illustrate the budgetary impact that the reforms considered might have on the budget of the federal government.

ftp://ftp.iza.org/dps/dp735.pdf
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17. BROWN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS: "The Baby Boom and the Stock Market Boom," by Kyung-Mook Lim and David N. Weil (Working Paper 2003-07, March 2003, .pdf format, 16p.).

Abstract:

This paper addresses two issues. The first is whether demographic change was plausibly responsible for the run-up in stock prices over the last decade, and whether the attempt by the baby boom cohort to cash out of its investments in the period 2010-30 might lead to an asset meltdown. The second issue is whether the rise in dependency that will accompany the retirement of the baby boom cohort calls for an increase in national saving. We analyze these issues using a forward-looking macro-demographic model, and show that they are related via the existence of installation costs for capital. If such costs are sufficiently large, then demographics do have the power to affect stock prices, "but saving for America's old age" is less optimal. However, conventional estimates of capital installation costs are not large enough to explain large stock price movements in response to actual demographic change.

http://www.econ.brown.edu/2003/2003-7_paper.pdf
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18. TINBERGEN INSTITUTE [UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM]: "Lifetime Labor Supply in a Search Model of Unemployment," by Leon J.H. Bettendorf and D. Peter Broer (Discussion Paper # 03-032/2, March 2003, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates the age-dependency of participation and unemployment by integrating job search with intertemporal optimizing behavior of finitely-lived households. We find that search frictions and tax rates distort the decisions of older workers to a much larger extent than that of young workers. This finding provides an explanation of the observed fall of participation rates of elder workers as a result of the post-war increase in tax rates and replacement rates. We show that the age pattern of search unemployment does not match observed unemployment and we propose a new concept of 'voluntary' unemployment that agrees well with observations.

http://www.tinbergen.nl/discussionpapers/03032.pdf

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

19. Age and Ageing (Vol. 32, No. 3, May 2003). Note: Full electronic text may be available at the site. Check your organization's library.

http://ageing.oupjournals.org/content/vol32/issue3/index.shtml

20. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 93, No. 5, May 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol93/issue5/index.shtml?etoc
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21. 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 "browse by publication"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box, click the "fax/ariel" radio button, and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Ageing International (Vol. 28, No. 1, 2003).

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 3, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 11, No. 2, 2003).
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22. 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 April 29, 2003:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 29, 2003:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 29, 2003:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 29, 2003:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities, Position Annoucements:

23. NIH: "Development and Application of Pet and Spect Ligands for Brain Imaging Studies (Phased Innovation Award)," (US National Institutes on Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-03-112, April 21, 2003).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-112.html
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24. SSA RFA: "As authorized under section 1110 of the Social Security Act, SSA announces the solicitation of applications for a cooperative agreement to create a Retirement Research Consortium to help inform the public and policymakers about Social Security issues. Initially, the Consortium will be composed of one or more Centers." (Social Security Administration, Program Announcement No. SSA-ORES-03-01, April 25, 2003). For more information, including an application package, go to:

http://www.ssa.gov/oag/grants/ssagrant_current.htm
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25. SSA POSITION ANNOUCEMENT: The Social Security Administration is looking for a Deputy Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. For more information go to:

http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/summary.asp?OPMControl=IN0253
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26. CRS POSITION ANNOUCEMENT: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is looking for a Specialist in Demography. "The Specialist in Demography will perform analyses of survey, census, or other types of quantitative data to determine the impacts of characteristics of the U.S. population on proposed policies aimed at dealing with an aging population. The scope of these analyses will be broad and the analyst will prepare demographic analyses that explore the implications of an aging population for policies and programs targeting the aged: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security."

For more information go to:

http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/summary.asp?OPMControl=TX0289

Click on "Show the vacancy announcement".
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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

27. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Assisted Living: Examining The Assisted Living Workgroup Final Report," a hearing held April 29, 2003.

Hearing Testimony:

http://www.senate.gov/~aging/hr98.htm

Note: The hearing can be viewed in its entirety (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, running time: 1 hour 13 minutes, at:)

http://www.senate.gov/~aging/hearings.htm

Under 04/29/03 hearing.
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28. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT REVENUE MEASURES HEARING TESTIMONY: "Challenges Facing Pension Plan Funding," a hearing held April 30, 2003.

Hearing Testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=62
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29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Social Security Provisions Affecting Public Employees," a hearing held May 01, 2003.

Hearing Testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=61
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30. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Cost-Sharing and Medigap," a hearing held May 01, 2003.

Hearing Testimony:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=63
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31. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Analyzing Social Security: GAO Weighs the President's Commission's Proposals," a hearing held January 15, 2003 (US Senate Hearing 108-4, 2003, .pdf and HTML format, 56p.). Note: Right now the link to the PDF version of the Hearing Publication does not work. If you want the PDF verison you can follow the link to the ASCII version of the hearing, then change the end of the URL from 'wais' to 'pdf' (this was the only way I could find to access the PDF).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh108.html

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-4" (without the quotes).
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32. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Security: Picking up the Enron Pieces," a hearing held February 27, 2002 (US Senate Hearing 107-751, 2002, .pdf format, 87p.).

http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/82618.pdf

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VII. Websites of Interest:

33. CMMS DATABASE: On May 1, 2003, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced "Home Health Compare". The site is designed to provide users with quality measures for Medicare-certified home health agencies. At present, data is available for only eight states (Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin). "Measures will be available nationwide in late Fall 2003. Quality measures give you information about how well home health agencies provide care for some of their patients. The measures provide information about patients' physical and mental health, and whether their ability to perform basic daily activities is maintained or improved. Quality information can be used to help you compare home health agencies."

http://www.medicare.gov/HHCompare/home.asp

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
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Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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