Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #340--June 1, 2006

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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. US CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: HOSPITAL PAYMENT INFORMATION. "To help consumers, providers, and payers make more informed health care decisions, the Department of Health and Human Services through its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted information on what Medicare pays for 30 common elective procedures and other hospital admissions (.zip compressed Microsoft Excel format)." Data is available under "downloads" near the bottom of the page.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HealthCareConInit/01_Overview.asp
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2. US MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY:

A. MEPS HC-081: Risk Adjustment Scores File (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, May 2006, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=196

B. "MEPS 04HC/NHISLinkFile: 2004 MEPS/2003 & 2002 NHIS Link File" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, May 2006, data available on CD-ROM only. This data is available by request only. More information is available at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=199

C. "MEPS HC-082: 2004 Full Year Population Characteristics (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, May 2006, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=197

D. MEPS HC-083: 2004 Jobs File (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, May 2006, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=198

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL, REPORTS:

A. _Social Security Bulletin_ (Vol. 66, No. 2, May 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v66n2/index.html

B. "SSI Disabled Recipients Who Work, 2005," (May 2006, .pdf, Excel, and HTML format, 43p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_workers/2005/index.html

C. "Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2004," (May 2006, .pdf, Excel, and HTML format, 164p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/income_pop55/2004/index.html
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4. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Social Security Administration: Additional Actions Needed to Prevent Improper Benefit Payments under Social Security Protection Act," (GAO-06-196, April 2006, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06196.pdf

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

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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5. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Families and Living Arrangements: 2005" (May 2006, comma separated value [.csv] format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Americans Marrying Older, Living Alone More, See Households Shrinking, Census Bureau Reports" (CB06-83, May 25, 2006).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/006840.html
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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, REPORT: "Determining Average Manufacturers Prices for Prescription Drugs Under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005,"(A-06-06-00063, May 2006, .pdf format, 67p.).

Summary:

Our objective was to review the requirements for, and manner in which, manufacturers determine (average manufacturer prices) AMPs under section 1927 of Social Security Act. Existing requirements for determining certain aspects of AMPs are not clear and comprehensive, and manufacturers' methods of calculating AMPs are inconsistent. Our discussions with industry groups confirmed the need to clarify requirements and raised additional issues related to the implementation of DRA provisions. We recommended that the Secretary direct CMS, in promulgating the AMP regulation, to: (1) clarify requirements in regard to the definition of retail class of trade and the treatment of pharmacy benefit manager rebates and Medicaid sales; and, (2) consider addressing issues raised by industry groups, such as: (a) administrative and service fees, (b) lagged price concessions and returned goods, (c) the frequency of AMP reporting, (d) AMP restatements, and (e) baseline AMP. We also recommend that the Secretary direct CMS to: (1) issue guidance in the near future that specifically addresses the implementation of the AMP-related reimbursement provisions of the DRA and (2) encourage States to analyze the relationship between AMP and pharmacy acquisition cost before using AMP for their reimbursement methodology.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region6/60600063.pdf
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7. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE COVERAGE DATABASE DECISION MEMOS:

A. "Decision Memo for Addition of ICD-9-CM 289.81, Primary Hypercoagulable State as a Covered Indication for the Prothrombin Time" (CAG-00328N), May 31, 2006).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=181

B. "Decision Memo for Addition of ICD-9-CM 289.81, Primary Hypercoagulable State as a covered indication for the Partial Thromboplastin Time NCD"(CAG-00327N, May 31, 2006).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=182

C. "Decision Memo for Addition of ICD-9-CM 600.00, Hypertrophy (benign) of Prostate Without Urinary Obstruction, as a covered indication for the Prostate Specific Antigen" (CAG-00326N), May 31, 2006).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=183
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8. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Retirement Savings and Household Wealth: Trends from 2001 to 2004," by Patrick Purcell (May 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL30922_20060522.pdf
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9. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "Easy-to-Read Booklets on Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss Offered by NIA," (May 31, 2006). Note: This press release links to two new booklets.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/NewsReleases/PR20060531EasytoRead.htm
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10. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE NOTES ARTICLE: "Changes in the OASI Benefit Distribution Under Various Social Security Reform Alternatives," (Vol. 27, No. 4, April 2006, p. 2-7).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3632
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11. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "Retirement Planning Survey Among U.S. Adults Age 40 and Older," by Hana Holley (May 2006, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/retirementsaving/ret_planning.html

B. "An Assessment of Beneficiary Knowledge of Medicare Coverage Options and the Prescription Drug Benefit," by Judith Hibbard, Jessica Greene, and Martin Tusler (2006-12, May 2006, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/medicare/advantage/2006_12_medicare.html

C. "Nursing Home Quality and Long-Term Care in the District of Columbia: A Survey of Registered Voters Age 35+," by Erica L. Dinger (May 2006, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/nursinghomes/dc_nh_ltc.html
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12. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Retired Steelworkers and Their Health Benefits: Results from a 2004 Survey," (May 2006, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.kff.org/insurance/7518.cfm
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13. ROPER CENTER (UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT) PUBLIC OPINION MATTERS: The latest "Public Opinion Matters" concerns "Social Security." Included are relevant poll results, as well as links to pertinent articles.

http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/roperweb/pom/pom.htx;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=social_security
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14. HEALTH ECONOMICS AT WHARTON ARTICLE: "The Business of Hospice Care" (May 31, 2006, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania).

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/1493.cfm
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15. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE COMPENDIUM: _Australian hospital statistics 2004-05_ (Health services series No. 26, May 2006, .pdf format and Microsoft Excel format, 350p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10305
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16. _NATURE NEUROSCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "RGS4-dependent attenuation of M4 autoreceptor function in striatal cholinergic interneurons following dopamine depletion," by Jun Ding, Jaime N. Guzman, Tatiana Tkatch, Songhai Chen, Joshua A. Goldberg, Philip J. Ebert, Pat Levitt, Charles J. Wilson, Heidi E. Hamm and D. James Surmeier (Vol. 9, No. 6, June 2006, p. 832-842).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v9/n6/abs/nn1700.html
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17. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Thymic output in aged mice," by J. Scott Hale, Tamar E. Boursalian, Gail L. Turk, and Pamela J. Fink (Vol. 103, No. 22, May 30, 2006, p. 8447-8452).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/22/8447
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18. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_, VARIOUS:

A. "The First Months of the Prescription-Drug Benefit -- A CMS Update," by Peter B. Bach and Mark B. McClellan (Perspective, Vol. 354, No. 22, Jun. 1, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2312-2314). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/22/2312

B. "Medicare Part D -- The Product of a Broken Process," by Louise M. Slaughter (Perspective, Vol. 354, No. 22, Jun. 1, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2314-2315). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/22/2314

C. "Unintended Consequences of Caps on Medicare Drug Benefits," by John Hsu, Mary Price, Jie Huang, Richard Brand, Vicki Fung, Rita Hui, Bruce Fireman, Joseph P. Newhouse, and Joseph V. Selby (Special Article, Vol. 354, No. 22, Jun. 1, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2349-2359). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/22/2349

D. "Cost Sharing, Caps on Benefits, and the Chronically Ill -- A Policy Mismatch," by Kenneth E. Thorpe (Editorial, Vol. 354, No. 22, Jun. 1, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2385-2386). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/22/2385
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19. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Prospective study of alcohol drinking patterns and coronary heart disease in women and men," by Janne Tolstrup, Majken K. Jensen, Anne Tjonneland, Kim Overvad, Kenneth J. Mukamal, and Morten Gronbaek (Vol. 332, No. 7552, May 27, 2006, p. 1244-1248).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/332/7552/1244
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20. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Hedge Your Bets," by Jane Bryant Quinn (June 5, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13006795/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

21. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Savings, Portfolio Choice, and Retirement Expectations," by Arthur van Soest and Arie Kapteyn (WP 2006-119, May 2006, .pdf format, 22p.). An abstract and full-text for this paper are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=413
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22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Population Aging, Fiscal Policies, and National Saving: Predictions for Korean Economy," by Young Jun Chun (Working Paper No. w12265, May 2006, .pdf format, 35p.)

Abstract:

This paper evaluates the effects of population aging and fiscal policies on national saving in Korean situation. For the prediction of the national savings rate of Korea for the next several decades, we employ a life-cycle model, which incorporates the generational accounting approach needed to assess the distribution of fiscal burden across generations. We found that the rapid population aging and long-term budgetary imbalance will substantially lower the national savings rate in Korea. A sensitivity analysis based on an alternative model, an altruistic family model, shows that these predictions are robust to the specification of altruism among generations. In addition, the estimation results of consumption functions with respect to various kinds of wealth suggest that the annuitization of wealth due to maturing of public pensions and introduction of reverse annuity mortgage is likely to further decrease the savings rate in the future.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12265
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23. CENTRE D'ETUDES PROSPECTIVES ET D'INFORMATIONS INTERNATIONALES [Paris, Ile de France, France]: "Disparities in Pension Financing in Europe: Economic and Financial Consequences," by Jean Chateau and Xavier Chojnicki (WP 06-09, May 2006, .pdf format, 66p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cepii.fr/anglaisgraph/workpap/summaries/2006/wp06-09.htm

Click on "Full text (pdf) at the bottom right side of the page.

More information on CEPII:

http://www.cepii.fr/anglaisgraph/cepii/cepii.htm
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24. UPPSALA UNIVERSITY [SWEDEN] DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS: "Estimating retirement behavior with special early retirement offers," by Matias Eklof and Daniel Hallberg (wp 2006-13, May 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/hhsuunewp/2006_5F013.htm

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

25. Age and Ageing (Vol. 35, Suppl. No. 1, May 2006).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol35/suppl_1/index.dtl?etoc

26. The Gerontologist (Vol. 46, No. 3, June 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and issue.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol46/issue3/?etoc

27. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 29, No. 3, June 2006).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/33706
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28. INGENTACONNECT Tables of Contents: INGENTACONNECT provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/

B. click on "advanced search"
C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button
D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button.
E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 32, No. 6, June-July 2006). 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 issue.
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29. 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 May 31, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 31, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 31, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 31, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 31, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 31, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

30. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Human Biospecimen Resources for Aging Research (R03)" (PA-06-443, May 31, 2006, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-443.html

B. "International Research Collaboration -- Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) [R03] (PAR-06-436, May 31, 2006, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PAR-05-072). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-436.html

C. "International Research Collaboration -- Behavioral, Social Sciences (FIRCA-BSS) [R03] (PAR-06-437, May 31, 2006, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with several other agencies, reissue of PAR-05-073). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-437.html
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31. US NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: "Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)," (NSF06571, May 26, 2006, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.). For more information see:

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06571

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VI. Conferences:

32. AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY: "MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data Users' Workshop: Conditions, Expenditures and Utilization," to be held July 24-25, 2006 in Rockville, Maryland. For more information see (.pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/workshop/WS_Jul2006/wsdesc_jul06.pdf
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33. 4TH CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION GERIATRIC MEDICINE SOCIETY: Final Announcement of a conference to be held Aug. 23-26, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information see:

http://www.eugms2006.org/

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING REPORT: "The Retirement Policy Challenges And Opportunities of Our Aging Society," a hearing held May 19, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-18, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS70144

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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