Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #496 -- July 16, 2009

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/pubs/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement" Update: The following tables (.pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format) have been updated: "Figures 2.1-2.3 Medicare Enrollment"; "Figures 12.1-12.10 Medicare Managed Care"; and "Figures 11.1-11.2 Medicare ESRD."

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/list.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&intNumPerPage=10

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORTS:

A. "Fast Facts and Figures About Social Security, 2009" (July 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2009/index.html

B. "International Update, July 2009" (HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2009-07/index.html

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3. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Grandparents Day 2009: Sept. 13" (CB09-FF.16, July, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/013971.html

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING & EVALUATION REPORT: "Payment for Medicare Advantage Plans: Policy Issues and Options," by Audrey McDowell and Steven Sheingold (June 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 48p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/09/medicareadvantage/index.shtml

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Miscoded Claims for Power Wheelchairs in the Medicare Program" (OEI-04-07-00403, July 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

Eight percent of Medicare standard and complex rehabilitation power wheelchair claims from the first half of 2007 were miscoded. The supplier billed Medicare for these claims using procedure codes that did not match the power wheelchairs' model information.

We discovered the coding errors identified in this report while reviewing power wheelchair model information on manufacturer invoices, as part of a separate evaluation, to determine suppliers' costs to purchase these chairs. Power wheelchairs are assigned to procedure codes based on the manufacturers' model information. However, the supplier is not required to include the model information on the claim when requesting Medicare reimbursement.

Three percent of standard and complex rehabilitation power wheelchair claims were upcoded and 4 percent were downcoded. One percent of claims were miscoded but had insufficient model information to categorize as either upcoded or downcoded. Complex rehabilitation power wheelchair claims were miscoded more often than standard power wheelchair claims (23 percent and 7 percent, respectively). Complex rehabilitation power wheelchair claims were also upcoded more often than standard power wheelchair claims (12 percent and 3 percent, respectively). In the first half of 2007, suppliers submitted over 13 times more standard than complex rehabilitation power wheelchair claims. Therefore, the greater number of standard power wheelchair claims strongly influenced the combined error rates.

Our analysis indicates that suppliers may need further education to determine the correct power wheelchair procedure codes to bill Medicare, and that opportunities exist to improve CMS's review of power wheelchair claims. This report is being issued directly in final form because it contains no recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-07-00403.pdf

B. "Medicare Part B Billing for Ultrasound" (OEI-01-08-00100, July 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

We found that in 2007, 20 high-use counties accounted for 16 percent of Part B spending on ultrasound services despite having only 6 percent of Medicare beneficiaries. We also found that 3.2 million claims, or nearly one in five nationwide, had characteristics that raise concern about whether the claims were appropriate. These claims represent $403 million in Part B charges.

Medicare Part B covers ultrasound services provided in ambulatory settings, such as doctors' offices and testing centers. In 2007, Part B covered about 17 million ultrasound services at a cost of over $2 billion. Previous Office of Inspector General work has raised concern about the growth in other types of imaging covered under Part B and found that high geographic concentrations of providers or services may indicate weaknesses in Medicare's program safeguards. In this review, we found that average per-beneficiary spending on ultrasound in high-use counties was over three times that for beneficiaries in the rest of the country. We also found that certain providers billed for a large number of ultrasound claims with questionable characteristics.

We recommend that CMS monitor ultrasound claims data to detect questionable claims and review them prior to payment. We also recommend that CMS take action when providers bill for high numbers of questionable claims, including reviewing their claims to ensure that they are legitimate prior to payment and taking steps to revoke the Medicare billing numbers of providers that submit fraudulent claims.

CMS concurred with both of our recommendations and described actions it would take to address them.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-01-08-00100.pdf

C. "Variation in the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule" (OEI-05-08-00400, July 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

In 2007, 97 percent of lab tests had at least one carrier rate that varied from the national limit amount (NLA). However, 83 percent of all carrier rates were at the NLA and 89 percent of laboratory test claims were paid at the NLA.

Medicare Part B payments for laboratory tests are determined by fee schedules originally established by carriers in 1985. These carrier fee schedules are collectively known as the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Each laboratory test has a congressionally mandated NLA that caps payments at a percentage of the median carrier rate. Currently, the NLA for laboratory tests is 74 percent of the median carrier rate for each laboratory test.

In establishing the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule in 1985, carriers used laboratory charge data that may not have reflected laboratory tests' costs. Since then, methods used to update carrier rates have incrementally added to the variation in carrier rates. As a result, carrier rates in 2007 were inconsistent both across carriers and within each carrier. The variation did not appear to reflect geographic differences in cost.

Carriers pay different rates for the same laboratory test, so Medicare payments also vary. Medicare paid over $3.4 billion for laboratory tests in 2007. Medicare payments would have been $3.5 billion if all tests had been paid at the NLA or $2.4 billion if the NLA had been reduced to 50 percent of the median carrier rate. Setting all carrier rates at 73 percent of the median carrier rate would have eliminated variation without a change in overall Medicare payments.

Based on these findings, we recommend that CMS seek legislative authority to establish a new process for setting accurate and reasonable payment rates for laboratory tests.

CMS did not concur, at this time, with our recommendation to seek legislation that would allow it to set accurate and reasonable payment rates for lab tests. Although it did not concur at this time, CMS stated that it will consider our recommendation and that it is committed to improving payment policies for lab tests and to refining methodologies for establishing new payment rates. We encourage CMS to pursue legislation that would allow it to set accurate and reasonable payment rates for lab tests.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-08-00400.pdf

D. "Review of Place-of-Service Coding for Physician Services Processed by Medicare Part B Carriers During Calendar Years 2005 and 2006" (A-01-08-00528, June 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

We estimated that carriers nationwide overpaid physicians $20.2 million for incorrectly coded services provided during the 2-year period that ended December 31, 2006. The overpayments occurred because physicians did not always correctly code the office place of service on Medicare claims submitted to and paid by Part B carriers. For 129 of the 150 services that we sampled, physicians incorrectly coded the claims by using the office place-of-service code for services that were actually performed in outpatient hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers, resulting in approximately $7,000 in overpayments.

We recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instruct its Part B carriers to (1) recover the $7,000 in overpayments for the sampled services, (2) review our information on the 857,761 nonsampled services to identify services estimated at $20.2 million that were potentially billed with incorrect place-of-service codes and work with the physicians who provided the services to recover any overpayments, (3) strengthen their education process and reemphasize to physicians and their billing agents the importance of correctly coding the place of service and the need for internal controls to prevent Medicare billings with incorrect place-of-service codes, and (4) work with fiscal intermediaries and program safeguard contractors to develop a data match that will identify physician services at high risk for place-of-service miscoding and recover any identified overpayments. CMS concurred with our recommendations and described the actions that it planned to take to implement them.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/10800528.pdf

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6. US AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY, HEALTHCARE COST AND UTILIZATION PROJECT STATISTICAL BRIEF: "U.S. Hospitalizations Involving Osteoporosis and Injury, 2006," by Allison Russo, Laurel Holmquist, and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief No. 76, July 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

HTML:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb76.jsp

.pdf:

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb76.pdf

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7. US NATIONAL INSTISTUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Novel Drug Discovery Tool Could Identify Promising New Therapies for Parkinsonís Disease" (Jul. 13, 2009).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2009/ninds-13.htm

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8. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Working together to keep Meals on Wheels rolling across Queensland" (Jul. 16, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je087.htm

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9. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUTE CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Antipsychotic Use in Seniors: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims, 2001 to 2007," (July 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_2210_E&cw_topic=2210&cw_rel=AR_2970_E

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10. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Shaping the future of care together," (July 2009, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_102338

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11. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "Pensions industry responses to the workplace pension reforms: Qualitative research with pension providers and intermediaries," by Andrew Wood, John Leston and Marisa Robertson (Research Report No. 592, 2009, .pdf format, 84p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_592.asp

B. "Current practices in the workplace personal pension market: Qualitative research with pension providers and intermediaries," by Andrew Wood, John Leston and Marisa Robertson (Research Report No. 591, 2009, .pdf format, 80p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_591.asp

C. "The business case for LinkAge Plus," by Peter Watt and Ian Blair (Research Report No. 573, 2009, .pdf format, 84p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_573.asp

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12. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "What Does Consistent Participation in 401(k) Plans Generate?" by Jack VanDerhei, Sarah Holden, and Luis Alonso (Issue Brief #332-SR, July 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4315

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13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE QUICKPOLL: Grandparents Generous with Money, Not with Advice" (July 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/quick-facts/mmi-grandparents-generous-money-not-advise.pdf

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14. RAND CORPORATION TECHNICAL REPORT: "Estimates of Potential Eligibility for Low-Income Subsidies Under Medicare Part D," by Erik Meijer, Lynn A. Karoly, and Pierre-Carl Michaud (TR-686-SSA, 2009, .pdf format, 168p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR686/

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15. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] REPORT: "Recent Progress & Innovation in Dementia Diagnosis, Treatment and Care: Report from the Expert Roundtable Discussion" (July 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/files/pdf_pdf_91.pdf

More information about ILCUK:

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=requiredPage&ID=2

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16. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "The Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages," by Cybele Weisser (Jul. 20, 2009).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1909607,00.html

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17. _PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE_ ARTICLE: "Expression of the Bcl-2 Protein BAD Promotes Prostate Cancer Growth," by Adrienne J. Smith, Yelena Karpova, Ralph D'Agostino, Jr, Mark Willingham, and George Kulik (PLoS ONE 4(7): e6224. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006224, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0006224

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18. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACTS:

A. "Rapamycin fed late in life extends lifespan in genetically heterogeneous mice," by David E. Harrison, Randy Strong, Zelton Dave Sharp, James F. Nelson, Clinton M. Astle, Kevin Flurkey, Nancy L. Nadon, J. Erby Wilkinson, Krystyna Frenkel, Christy S. Carter, Marco Pahor, Martin A. Javors, Elizabeth Fernandez, and Richard A. Miller (Vol. 460, No. 7253, Jul. 16, 2009, p. 392-395).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v460/n7253/abs/nature08221.html

B. "A conserved ubiquitination pathway determines longevity in response to diet restriction," by Andrea C. Carrano, Zheng Liu1, Andrew Dillin, and Tony Hunter (Vol. 460, No. 7253, Jul. 16, 2009, p. 396-399).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v460/n7253/abs/nature08130.html

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19. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hormone Therapy and Ovarian Cancer," by Lina Steinrud Morch, Ellen Lokkegaard, Anne Helms Andreasen, Susanne Kruger-Kjaer, and Ojvind Lidegaard (Vol. 302, No. 3, Jul. 15, 2009, p. 298-305).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/3/298?etoc

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20. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACTS, EDITORIAL EXTRACT:

A. "Disclosure of APOE Genotype for Risk of Alzheimer's Disease," by Robert C. Green, J. Scott Roberts, L. Adrienne Cupples, Norman R. Relkin, Peter J. Whitehouse, Tamsen Brown, Susan LaRusse Eckert, Melissa Butson,A. Dessa Sadovnick, Kimberly A. Quaid, Clara Chen, Robert Cook-Deegan, and Lindsay A. Farrer (Article abstract, Vol. 361, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2009, p. 245-254).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/361/3/245

B. "Longitudinal Modeling of Age-Related Memory Decline and the APOE {varepsilon}4 Effect," by Richard J. Caselli, Amylou C. Dueck, David Osborne, Marwan N. Sabbagh, Donald J. Connor, Geoffrey L. Ahern, Leslie C. Baxter, Steven Z. Rapcsak, Jiong Shi, Bryan K. Woodruff, Dona E.C. Locke, Charlene Hoffman Snyder, Gene E. Alexander, Rosa Rademakers, and Eric M. Reiman (Article abstract, Vol. 361, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2009, p. 255-263).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/361/3/255

C. "Effect of Genetic Testing for Risk of Alzheimer's Disease," by Rosalie A. Kane, and Robert L. Kane (Editorial extract, Vol. 361, No. 3, Jul. 16, 2009, p. 298-299).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/361/3/298

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21. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE: "Association between mid-life marital status and cognitive function in later life: population based cohort study," by Krister Hakansson, Suvi Rovio, Eeva-Liisa Helkala, Anna-Riitta Vilska, Bengt Winblad, Hilkka Soininen, Aulikki Nissinen, Abdul H. Mohammed, and Miia Kivipelto (BMJ 2009;339:b2462, Vol. 339, No. 7712, Jul. 11, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 86-99). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/jul02_2/b2462

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III. Working Papers:

22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Why do the Elderly Save? The Role of Medical Expenses," by Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French, and John Bailey Jones (w15149, July 2009, .pdf format, 57p.).

Abstract:

This paper constructs a rich model of saving for retired single people. Our framework allows for bequest motives and heterogeneity in medical expenses and life expectancies. We estimate the model using AHEAD data and the method of simulated moments. The data show that out-of-pocket medical expenses rise quickly with both age and permanent income. For many elderly people the risk of living long and requiring expensive medical care is a more important driver of old age saving than the desire to leave bequests. Social insurance programs such as Medicaid rationalize the low asset holdings of the poorest. These government programs, however, also benefit the rich because they insure them against their worst nightmares about their very old age: either not being able to afford the medical care that they need, or being left destitute by huge medical bills.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w15149

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23. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO (ILLINOIS): "Why do the Elderly Save? The Role of Medical Expenses," by Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French, and John Bailey Jones (WP-2009-02, July 2009, .pdf format, 57p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/wp_abstract.cfm?pubsID=29214

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24. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Impact of a Phased Retirement Program: A Case Study," by Marta Lachowska, Annika Sund, and Eskil Wadensjo (Discussion Paper No. 4284, July 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=4284

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25. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) (MCMASTER UNIVERSITY) [HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Cohort Working Life Tables for Older Canadians," by Frank T. Denton, Christine H. Feaver, and Byron G. Spencer (SEDAP Working Paper No. 247, June 2009, .pdf format, 67p.).

Abstract:

We construct cohort working life tables for Canadian men and women aged 50 and older and, for comparison, corresponding period tables. The tables are derived using annual single age time series of participation rates for 1976-2006 from the master files of the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey. The cohort calculations are based on stochastic projections of mortality coupled with alternative assumptions about future participation rates. Separate tables are provided for the years 1976, 1991, and 2006, thus spanning a period of substantial gains in life expectancy and strong upward trends in female participation.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap247.pdf

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26. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESIFO) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "Response to Baker and Fugh-Berman's Critique of my Paper, "Why has Longevity Increased more in some States than in others?" by Frank Lichtenberg (WP 2712, July 2009, .pdf format, 11p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=16839

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27. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY [LONDON, UK]: "Securitizing and Tranching Longevity Exposures," by Enrico Biffis and David Blake (PI-0824, July 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

We consider the problem of optimally designing longevity risk transfers under asymmetric information. We focus on holders of longevity exposures that have superior knowledge of the underlying demographic risks, but are willing to take them off their balance sheets because of capital requirements. In equilibrium, they transfer longevity risk to uninformed agents at a cost, where the cost is represented by retention of part of the exposure and/or by a risk premium. We use a signalling model to quantify the effects of asymmetric information and emphasize how they compound with parameter uncertainty. We show how the cost of private information can be minimized by suitably tranching securitized cashflows, or, equivalently, by securitizing the exposure in exchange for an option on mortality rates. We also investigate the benefits of pooling several longevity exposures and the impact on tranching levels.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp0824.pdf

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28. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK: "Ageing Asia's Looming Pension Crisis," by Donghyun Park (No. 165, July 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Due to population ageing, weakening of family-based support, and other factors, old-age income support is becoming an issue of growing importance throughout Asia. This is especially true in East Asia and Southeast Asia where the demographic transition is already well under way. This paper provides a broad overview of the current state of the pension systems in Peoples Republic of China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam; diagnoses the pension systems; and identifies their major structural weaknesses. Key systemic failures were found to be low coverage, inadequate benefits, lack of financial sustainability, and insufficient support for the elderly poor. The paper concludes with some specific policy directions for pension reform to strengthen the capacity of Asian pension systems in delivering economic security for the looming large and growing army of the elderly in the region.

http://www.adb.org/Documents/Working-Papers/2009/Economics-WP165.pdf

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29. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for Jul. 3, 2009.

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age/

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

30. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 49, No. 2, October-November 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943

31. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 4, August 2009).

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol28/issue4/?etoc

32. Journal of Population Ageing (Vol. 1 Nos. 2-4, July 2009).

http://springerlink.com/content/120987/

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33. 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 Jul. 13, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 13, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 13, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 13, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 13, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 13, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities

34. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 15, 2009.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VI. Websites of Interest:

35. US CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE.GOV UPDATES: The following Medicare.gov sites were updated Jul. 16, 2009: "Medicare Options Compare"; "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder"; and "Physician and Other Healthcare Professional Directory."

http://www.medicare.gov/Updates.asp

Thanks,

Charlie

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