Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #449--August 7, 2008

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

Note: Next week's CAAR Report will be sent out on Wednesday (Aug. 13), rather then Thurs. (Aug. 14).

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS announced the following data release on August 6, 2008:"HRS ADAMS 1 data (Early, Version 2.0)".

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news249&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html

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2. CENSUS BUREAU: "The latest County and Puerto Rico Municipios Characteristics Population Estimates - for July 1, 2007 - were released August 7, 2008." Note: These estimates include tables by age.

http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php

Press Release:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012463.html

The Missouri Census Data Center has "updated [it's] series of pdf format reports that summarize the data at the state, county and CBSA (metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area) levels for each state."

http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/websas/estimate_reports.shtml

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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: "MEPS HC-101: 2007 P11R3/P12R1 Population Characteristics," (US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, July 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-101

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4. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: The Center has recently "posted two new sets of 2006 state and local pension data on its website." Data and documentation can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/frequently_requested_data/state_and_local_pension_data.html

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5. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently released the following data file (August 1, 2008):

- Updated PSID Individual Data by Years

http://simba.isr.umich.edu/News/DataNewsDet.aspx?ID=364

- Updated PSID Main Family Data

http://simba.isr.umich.edu/News/DataNewsDet.aspx?ID=363

PSID data and documentation can be downloaded at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Data/

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6. HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS TABLES: "Pensions," (August 2008, .pdf and Excel format).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/pensions/menu.htm

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II. Reports and articles:

7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 68, No. 1, August 2008).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v68n1/index.html

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8. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT:

A. "Medicare: Covert Testing Exposes Weaknesses in the Durable Medical Equipment Supplier Screening Process," (GAO-08-955, July 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-955

B. "Medicare and Medicaid: CMS and State Efforts to Interact with the Indian Health Service and Indian Tribes," (GAO-08-724, July 2008, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-724

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9. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PERIODICAL: Health Care Financing Review (Vol. 29, No. 4, Summer 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HealthCareFinancingReview/07_2008_Edition.asp

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10. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT:

A. "Review of Medicare Part D Contracting for Contract Year 2006 (A-06-07-00082, July 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

Summary:

We conducted this review at the request of 33 Senators, who raised concern about prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors' strategies for contracting with local, community pharmacies to provide Part D prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries. We found that 78 of the 100 local, community pharmacies in our sample relied on third-party contractors known as pharmacy services administrative organizations (PSAO) to contract with PDP sponsors. The pharmacies were generally satisfied with the services that their PSAOs provided. However, almost all of the 100 sampled pharmacies and all of their PSAOs reported that they had experienced problems when contracting with PDP sponsors. These problems related to PDP sponsors' network development methods, standard terms and conditions, extended-day supply terms, negotiations, and network requirements and contracting requirements.

We recommended that Congress and CMS consider the results of our review, including the data provided, in any deliberations regarding Medicare Part D contracting, and we provided specific recommendations related to the pharmaciesand PSAO's concerns. CMS concurred with five of our recommendations but did not concur with the remaining five recommendations, stating that they were contrary to the competitive market principles that are fundamental to the Part D program. After reviewing CMS's comments, we revised three recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region6/60700082.pdf

B. "Deficiency History and Recertification of Medicare Home Health Agencies," (OEI-09-06-00040, August 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Summary:

We found that 15 percent of home health agencies (HHA) repeated the same deficiency citation on three consecutive surveys (referred to as cyclically deficient HHAs). Cyclically deficient HHAs most frequently repeated deficiency citations related to patient plans of care. These HHAs received twice as many deficiency citations on past surveys compared to HHAs that did not repeat citations.

Among cyclically deficient HHAs, most are located in six States and tend to be concentrated in highly populated areas. Additionally, CMS's oversight of HHAs could be improved. Currently, CMS does not use all available deficiency history information in its oversight of HHAs. We found that deficiency history beyond the most recent survey can be an important indicator of performance on the next survey and can improve CMS's identification of at-risk HHAs. For HHAs with deficiency citations, termination from the Medicare program remains the only Federal sanction. Based on the findings of this report, OIG recommends that CMS use existing survey data to identify patterns of deficiency citations and at-risk HHAs and implement intermediate sanctions as directed by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. CMS generally concurred with our recommendations and indicated that, during the last several years, it has implemented improvements to the oversight of HHAs, many of which address the issue of repeated deficiencies. We responded to CMS's concerns about using existing survey data to identify at-risk HHAs.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-06-00040.pdf

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11. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT:

A. "Ambulatory Medical Care Utilization Estimates for 2006," by Susan M. Schappert and Elizabeth A. Rechtsteiner (National Health Statistics Reports No. 8, August 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr008.pdf

B. "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2006 Outpatient Department Summary," by Esther Hing, Margaret J. Hall, and Jianmin Xu (National Health Statistics Reports No. 4, August 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr004.pdf

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12. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR/SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION MEMORANDUM: "U.S. Labor Department and SEC to share information protecting retirement and investments of American workers," (August 2008).

Press Release:

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ebsa/ebsa20081051.htm

Memorandum:

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/reports/mou072908.pdf

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13. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASES:

A. "Medicare Increases Nursing Home Payment Rates, Recalibration of Rugs to be Studied Further," (July 31, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3217

B. "CMS Announces More Accurate Payments For Inpatient Rehabilitation Services in FY 2009," (July 31, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3215

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14. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING AGE PAGE: "Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health," (August 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/hyperthermia.htm

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15. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities: a caring system on your side, a life of your own," (June 2008, .pdf format, 168p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_085345

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16. STATISTICHES BUNDESAMT DEUTSCHLAND/FEDERAL STATISTICAL OFFICE [GERMANY] PRESS RELEASE: "47% of cost of illness arise from old age," (August 5, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/08/PE08__280__23631,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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17. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 8, August 2008, .pdf format). The article of interest for aging researchers is "Saving for Health Care in Retirement: The Use of Health Savings Accounts," by Paul Fronstin (p. 10).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3961

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18. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Examining Sources of Coverage Among Medicare Beneficiaries: Supplemental Insurance, Medicare Advantage, and Prescription Drug Coverage -- Findings from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, 2006," (August 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7801.cfm

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19. AARP REPORT: "Divided We Fail's Swing Voter Battleground State Survey," (August 2008, .pdf format). Reports are by state: Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

http://www.aarp.org/research/legis-polit/elections/swing_voters.html

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20. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. VIII, No. 16, August 6, 2008).

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs037/1101399948055/archive/1102198750063.html

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21. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Lancet requirers free registration prior to providing access. "Influenza vaccination and risk of community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent elderly people: a population-based, nested case-control study," by Dr. Michael L. Jackson, Jennifer C. Nelson, Prof. Noel S. Weiss, Kathleen M. Neuzil, Prof. William Barlow, and Prof. Lisa A. Jackson (Vol. 372, No. 9636, August 2, 2008, p. 398-405).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673608611605/abstract

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22. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "GATA transcription factors directly regulate the Parkinson's disease-linked gene {alpha}-synuclein," by Clemens R. Scherzer, Jeffrey A. Grass, Zhixiang Liao, Imelda Pepivani, Bin Zheng, Aron C. Eklund, Paul A. Ney, Juliana Ng, Meghan McGoldrick, Brit Mollenhauer, Emery H. Bresnick, and Michael G. Schlossmacher (Vol. 105, No. 31, August 5, 2008, p. 10907-10912).

http://www.pnas.org/content/105/31/10907.abstract

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23. NATURE MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Amyloid-{beta} protein dimers isolated directly from Alzheimer's brains impair synaptic plasticity and memory," by Ganesh M. Shankar, Shaomin Li, Tapan H. Mehta, Amaya Garcia-Munoz, Nina E. Shepardson, Imelda Smith, Francesca M. Brett, Michael A. Farrell, Michael J. Rowan, Cynthia A. Lemere, Ciaran M. Regan, Dominic M. Walsh, Bernardo L. Sabatini, and Dennis J. Selkoe (Vol. 14, No. 8, August 2008, p. 837-842).

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v14/n8/abs/nm.1782.html

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24. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE, PERSPECTIVE ABSTRACT:

A. "Monoclonal B-Cell Lymphocytosis and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," by Andy C. Rawstron, Fiona L. Bennett, Sheila J.M. O'Connor, Marwan Kwok, James A.L. Fenton, Marieth Plummer, Ruth de Tute, Roger G. Owen, Stephen J. Richards, Andrew S. Jack, and Peter Hillmen (Vol. 359, No. 6, August 7, 2008, p. 575-583).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/359/6/575

B. "Medicare Showdown," by John K. Iglehart (Vol. 359, No. 6, August 7, 2008, p. 556-558).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/359/6/556

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25. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Dichotomous Dopaminergic Control of Striatal Synaptic Plasticity." by Weixing Shen, Marc Flajolet, Paul Greengard, and D. James Surmeier (Vol. 321, No. 5890, August 8, 2008, p. 848-851).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/321/5890/848

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26. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Alzheimer's disease: A tangled tale," (July 31, 2008).

http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11839254

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III. Working Papers:

27. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Preparing for Policy Changes: Social Security Expectations and Pension Scheme Participation," by Karen M. van der Wiel (Discussion Paper No. 3623, July 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

Western governments are currently contemplating how to adapt their Pay-As-You-Go pension systems so that these remain financially sustainable, even with an aged population. To the extent that policy-makers haven't already adapted their old age social security schemes, an ageing population thus leads to policy uncertainty in first pillar pensions. This paper sheds more light on the relationship between public and private savings by analyzing private pension scheme participation in the presence of such policy uncertainty. To do so, I assess the influence of subjective policy change expectations on voluntary pension scheme participation in the Netherlands. I find that participation in private pension schemes is higher for those who assign a high probability to the dismantlement of old age social security - in terms of lower benefits levels but more so in terms of a higher eligibility age. In addition, subjectively short-lived individuals who believe an eligibility age increase to be more likely than a benefit level cut, participate more. This could be explained by the fact that the relative cost of an eligibility age increase is larger for those who expect to live shorter. Individuals hence do prepare themselves for anticipated policy changes in old age social security and policy uncertainty in social security thus seems to lead to an increase in, or crowding in of, private savings.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3623.pdf

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

28. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 8, August 2008).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol16/issue8/?etoc

29. Dementia (Vol. 7, No. 3, August 2008).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol7/issue3/

30. The Gerontologist (Vol. 48, No. I, August 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol48/suppl_1/

31. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2008).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t762319447/title~content=g901340740~db=all

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32. 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 August 6, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 6, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 6, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 6, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 6, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 6, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

33. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)," (PA-08-226, reissue of PA-06-468, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, August 1, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-226.html

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35)," (PA-08-227, reissue of PA-05-117, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, August 1, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-227.html

C. "Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03)," (PAR-08-222, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, July 31, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-222.html

D. "Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Behavioral and Social Sciences (FIRCA-BSS) Research Award (R03)," (PAR-08-223, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, July 31, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-223.html

E. "Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health (R21)," (PAR-08-224, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, August 1, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-224.html

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VI. Conferences:

34. NETSPAR/PENSIONS INSTITUTE/HOLLAND FINANCIAL CENTRE/PENSIONSUMMIT: "Fourth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference," (September 25-26 2008, Naarden and Amsterdam).

http://www.longrisk.com/

 

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Thanks,

Charlie

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