Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #534 -- April 29, 2010

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 CENSUS BUREAU DATA TABLES: "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems - Fourth Quarter 2009," (April 2010, .pdf, HTML, ASCII text, and Excel format).

http://www.census.gov/govs/qpr/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Contracting Reform: Agency Has Made Progress with Implementation, but Contractors Have Not Met All Performance Standards," (GAO-10-71, March 2010, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-71

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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Comparison of Third-Quarter 2009 Average Sales Prices and Average Manufacturer Prices: Impact on Medicare Reimbursement for First Quarter 2010," (OEI-03-10-00150, April 2010, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

We identified a total of 26 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes with average sales prices (ASP) that exceeded average manufacturer prices (AMP) by at least 5 percent in the third quarter of 2009. If reimbursement amounts for these 26 codes had been based on 103 percent of the AMPs, Medicare expenditures would have been reduced by $2.7 million during the first quarter of 2010.

Pursuant to section 1847A(d)(3) of the Social Security Act (the Act), OIG must notify the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (the Secretary) if the ASP for a particular drug exceeds the drug's AMP by a threshold of 5 percent. If that threshold is met, the Act authorizes the Secretary to disregard the ASP for that drug and substitute the payment amount for the drug code with the lesser of the widely available market price for the drug (if any) or 103 percent of the AMP. This is OIG's 16th report comparing ASPs to AMPs; however, CMS has yet to make any changes to reimbursement as a result of OIG's findings.

Of the 26 HCPCS codes that met the threshold for price adjustment, 16 had AMP data for every drug product that CMS used to establish reimbursement amounts. Eight of these sixteen drugs were also eligible for price adjustments in one or more of the previous four quarters, with three drugs meeting the 5-percent threshold in all five quarters under review. The remaining 10 of 26 HCPCS codes also met the 5-percent threshold in the third quarter of 2009 but did not have AMP data for every drug product that CMS used when calculating reimbursement. We could not compare ASPs and AMPs for an additional 66 HCPCS codes because AMP data were not submitted for any of the drug products that CMS used to calculate reimbursement. Manufacturers for 16 percent of those drug products had Medicaid drug rebate agreements and were therefore generally required to submit AMPs. OIG will continue to work with CMS to evaluate and pursue appropriate actions against manufacturers that fail to submit required data.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-10-00150.pdf

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4. NIH CONSENSUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DRAFT STATEMENT: "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline: Draft Statement," (April 2010, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/alzstatement.htm

Related NIH press release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2010/od-28.htm

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5. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL: Program Perspectives on Defined-Benefit Plans (Vol. 2, No. 3, April 2010, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/perspectives/program_perspectives_vol2_issue3.pdf

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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicaid," (2009 Edition, Apr. 2010, tables 13.1-13.27, compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel [.xlsx] format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1234855&intNumPerPage=10

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7. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF FAMILY STUDIES REPORT: "Divorce and the wellbeing of older Australians," by Matthew Gray, David de Vaus, Lixia Qu and David Stanton (Research Paper No. 46, April 2010, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/rp46/rp46a.html

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8. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE AND RESEARCH BRIEF: "Informal Carers: Who Takes Care of Them?" by Frederique Hoffmann and Ricardo Rodrigues (April 2010, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1714

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9. GENWORTH FINANCIAL REPORT: "Genworth 2010 Cost of Care Survey: Home Care Providers, Adult Day Health Care Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes," (April 2010, .pdf format, 91p.).

http://www.genworth.com/content/products/long_term_care/long_term_care/cost_of_care.html

Scroll down to "Full Report" to access the full-text report.

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10. AARP REPORT: "Hybrids and Other Alternatives to the Traditional Pension," by Sandy Mackenzie (April 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/econ-sec/pensions/articles/2010-04-pensions.html

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11. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "How To Close the Funding Gap in Dutch Pension Plans? Impact on Generations," by Niels Kortleve and Eduard Ponds (IB No. 10-07, April 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/how_to_close_the_funding_gap_in_dutch_pension_plans_impact_on_generations.html

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12. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "How Quickly Do Older Adults Spend Their Wealth?" by Rudolph G. Penner and Karen E. Smith (No. 24, April 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412077.html

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13. MDRC BRIEF: "Providing Health Benefits and Work-Related Services to Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries: Six-Month Results from the Accelerated Benefits Demonstration," by David Wittenburg, Anne Warren, Deborah Peikes, and Stephen Freedman (April 2010, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.mdrc.org/publications/554/overview.html

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14. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medicare: A Primer," (April 2010, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7615.cfm

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15. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION REPORT: "Talking Mats help involve people with dementia and their carers in decision making," by Joan Murphy, Tracey M. Oliver, and Sylvia Cox (April 2010, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/talking-mats-decision-making

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16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "EGCG remodels mature {alpha}-synuclein and amyloid-{beta} fibrils and reduces cellular toxicity," by Jan Bieschke, Jenny Russ, Ralf P. Friedrich, Dagmar E. Ehrnhoefer, Heike Wobst, Katja Neugebauer, and Erich E. Wanker (Vol. 107, No. 17, April 27, 2010, p. 7710-7715).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/17/7710.abstract

B. "Modeling familial Danish dementia in mice supports the concept of the amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease," by Janaky Coomaraswamy, Ellen Kilger, Heidrun Wfing, Claudia Scher, Stephan A. Kaeser, Bettina M. Wegenast-Braun, Jasmin K. Hefendehl, Hartwig Wolburg, Matthew Mazzella, Jorge Ghiso, Michel Goedert, Haruhiko Akiyama, Francisco Garcia-Sierra, David P. Wolfer, Paul M. Mathews, and Mathias Jucker (Vol. 107, No. 17, April 27, 2010, p. 7964-7974).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/17/7969.abstract

C. "Transgenic ablation of doublecortin-expressing cells suppresses adult neurogenesis and worsens stroke outcome in mice," by Kunlin Jin, Xiaomei Wang, Lin Xie, Xiao Ou Mao, and David A. Greenberg (Vol. 107, No. 17, April 27, 2010, p. 7993-7998).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/17/7993.abstract

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17. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ARTICLE: "Adiposity Predicts Cognitive Decline in Older Persons with Diabetes: A 2-Year Follow-Up," by Angela Marie Abbatecola, Fabrizia Lattanzio, Liana Spazzafumo, Anna Maria Molinari, Michele Cioffi, Raffaele Canonico, Luigi DiCioccio, and Giuseppe Paolisso (PLoS ONE 5(4): e10333. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010333, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010333

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18. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Antitumour activity of MDV3100 in castration-resistant prostate cancer: a phase 1-2 study," by Howard I. Scher, Tomasz M. Beer, Celestia S Higano, Aseem Anand, Mary-Ellen Taplin, Eleni Efstathiou, Dana Rathkopf, Julia Shelkey, Evan Y. Yu, Joshi Alumkal, David Hung, Mohammad Hirmand, Lynn Seely, Michael J. Morris, Daniel C. Danila, John Humm, Steve Larson, Martin Fleisher, and Charles L. Sawyers, the Prostate Cancer Foundation/Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (Vol. 375, No. 9724, April 24, 2010, p. 1437-1446).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2960172-9/abstract

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19. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Effect of preventive primary care outreach on health related quality of life among older adults at risk of functional decline: randomised controlled trial," by Jenny Ploeg, Kevin Brazil, Brian Hutchison, Janusz Kaczorowski, Dawn M. Dalby, Charles H. Goldsmith, and William Furlong (BMJ 2010;340:c1480, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/340/apr16_1/c1480

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20. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Changes in the Use and Costs of Diagnostic Imaging Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Cancer, 1999-2006," by Michaela A. Dinan, Lesley H. Curtis, Bradley G. Hammill, Edward F. Patz Jr., Amy P. Abernethy, Alisa M. Shea, and Kevin A. Schulman (Vol. 303, No. 16, April 28, 2010, p. 1625-1631).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/16/1625?etoc

B. "The Older Adult Driver With Cognitive Impairment: "It's a Very Frustrating Life"," by David B. Carr and Brian R. Ott (Vol. 303, No. 16, April 28, 2010, p. 1632-1641).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/16/1632?etoc

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III. Working Papers:

21. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Getting to the Top of Mind: How Reminders Increase Saving," by Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Jonathan Zinman (WP No. 2010-04, April 2010, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/getting_to_the_top_of_mind_how_reminders_increase_saving.html

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22. 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 Apr. 17, 2010.

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

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

23. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 14, No. 3, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713404778~db=all/title~db=all~content=g921678714

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24. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 5, May 2010).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/pages/currenttoc.aspx

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25. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 61, No. 1, 2010).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0030-2228&volume=61&issue=1

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26. 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 Apr. 26, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

27. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Advanced Tools and Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation (STTR [R41/R42])," (PA-10-175, a reissue of PA-07-395, April 27, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-175.html

B. "Advanced Tools and Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-10-176, a reissue of PA-07-396, April 27, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-176.html

C. "Aging Studies in the Pulmonary System (R01)," (PA-10-179, April 28, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-179.html

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VI. Conferences:

28. WORLD DEMOGRAPHIC AND AGEING FORUM: "6th World Ageing & Generations Congress 2010," (Aug. 25-28, 2010; University of St. Gallen, Switzerland).

http://www.wdassociation.org/_project/docs/_pub/articles/8/100330_Congress2ndAnnouncement_e_Web_cs.pdf

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29. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "18th International Congress on Palliative Care," to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Oct. 5-8, 2010.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca160mmx

Conferencealerts.com Palliative Care:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/hospice.htm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

30. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, AD HOC SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONTRACTING OVERSIGHT HEARING TESTIMONY: "Oversight of Contract Management at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services," a hearing held April 28, 2010 (witness statements are in .pdf format, and the full hearing can be viewed in Window Media Player format).

http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=78c3f57a-cd44-4ea9-8806-22cf5004f06c

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31. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Joint Hearing on the Social Security Disability Claims Backlogs," a hearing held April 27, 2010 (statements in .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Hearings/hearingDetails.aspx?NewsID=11143

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

32. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated on Apr. 23, 2010: "Supplier Directory".

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

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Thanks,

Charlie

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