Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #91--July 5, 2001

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/caar-index.htm

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I. Data:

1. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added nine studies to its holdings on Jun. 27, 2001. Of possible interest to researchers in aging is:

GERMAN SOCIAL SURVEY (ALLBUS), 1992 (#6160)
GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEYS, 1972-2000: [CUMULATIVE FILE] (#3197)
NATIONAL AMBULATORY MEDICAL CARE SURVEY, 1999 (#3159)
NATIONAL HOSPITAL AMBULATORY MEDICAL CARE SURVEY, 1999 (#3156)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/recadd.html

Note: This is a temporary address. ICPSR studies can always be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/search-basic.html

Search on title or study number.

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2. AOA: "Summary Table of Age Characteristics of the Older Population for the United States and for States: 2000," (US Administration on Aging, HTML format, June 29, 2001). Note: "Compiled by AoA [the table] show[s], by state, the age group breakdowns, the 60+ and the 65+ populations (numbers and percent) as well as the increase in the 60+ and 65+ populations from 1990 to 2000."

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/Census2000/stateprofiles/ageprofile-states.html
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II. Reports and articles:

3. DHHS OIG OIE REPORTS:

A. "Duplicate Medicare Payments by Individual Carriers," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, OEI-03-00-00091, June 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, 21p.).

Report Summary:

For 15 procedure codes that should never or rarely be billed more than once per day, we found 3,152 services involving potential duplicate payments made by the same carrier. We estimated questionable allowances for these 15 codes to be approximately $2.25 million. We also found other potential duplicate payments involving over 2,000 other procedure codes. We recommended the CMS investigate Medicare's claims processing systems to determine why potential duplicate services were not detected, and that payments for inappropriate services should be recovered. We also recommended that CMS implement corrective edits within the claims processing systems to detect and reject inappropriate services. If this is not cost effective, then CMS should conduct post-payment reviews, particularly in areas where high numbers of duplicate payments were detected. The CMS concurred with our recommendations

HTML format: http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/oei-03-00-00091.htm
.pdf format: http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/a526.pdf

B. "Medicare Coverage of Non-Physician Practitioner Services," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, OEI-02-00-00290, June 2001, .pdf and HTML formats, 29p.).

Report Summary:

Non-physician practitioner billings are rising rapidly. It is unclear how much of the increase is due to real growth in services and how much is due to changes in billing practices. Additionally, payment controls, which are based on broad State scopes of practice, are limited. As such, carriers do not have sufficient guidance to distinguish which non-physician practitioner services should be reimbursed by Medicare, and which should not. This creates potential vulnerabilities, both from payment and quality of care standpoints. Therefore, it may be appropriate to consider other additional controls for Medicare payments to non-physician practitioners. We plan to monitor non-physician practitioner services for both overall trends and for complex services.

HTML format: http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/oei-02-00-00290.htm
.pdf format: http://www.hhs.gov/oig/oei/reports/a525.pdf
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4. CDC MMWR: "Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Levels Among Persons Aged >65 Years --- United States, 1999," (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 50, No. 25, .pdf and HTML formats, June 29, 2001, p. 532-537).

The HTML version of this article can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5025a2.htm

To view the entire report in .pdf format go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5025.pdf
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5. _LANCET_ ARTICLE AND EDITORIAL: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content

A. "A three-item scale for the early prediction of stroke recovery," by Alison E Baird, James Dambrosia, Sok-Ja Janket, Quentin Eichbaum, Claudia Chaves, Brian Silver, P Alan Barber, Mark Parsons, David Darby, Stephen Davis, Louis R Caplan, Robert E Edelman, and Steven Warach (_Lancet_ Original Research, Vol. 357, No. 9274, .pdf and HTML formats, June 30, 2001, p. 2095-2099).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/iss9274/full/llan.357.9274.original_research.16729.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.357.9274.original_research.16729.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Some workmen can blame their tools: artistic change in an individual with Alzheimer's disease," by Sebastian J Crutch, Ron Isaacs, Martin N Rossor (_Lancet_ Medicine and Art, Vol. 357, No. 9274, .pdf and HTML formats, June 30, 2001, p. 2129-2133).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol357/iss9274/full/llan.357.9274.editorial_and_review.16724.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.357.9274.editorial_and_review.16724.1&x=x.pdf
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6. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library. "Prospective measurements of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate in a cohort of elderly subjects: Relationship to gender, subjective health, smoking habits, and 10-year mortality," Lise Mazat, Sylviane Lafont, Claudine Berr, Brigitte Debuire, Jean-Franois Tessier, Jean-Franois Dartigues, and Etienne-Emile Baulieu (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 14, .pdf and HTML formats, July 3, 2001, p. 8145-8150).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/14/8145
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7. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Evaluation of Decision Rules for Referring Women for Bone Densitometry by Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry," by Suzanne M. Cadarette, Susan B. Jaglal, Timothy M. Murray, Warren J. McIsaac, Lawrence Joseph, and Jacques P. Brown (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 1, July 4, 2001, p. 57-63).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc01835.html
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8. ILCUSA PERIODICAL: "ILC Report, June 2001" (International Longevity Center USA, .pdf format, 7p.). The "ILC Report" is "a monthly update of longevity and aging issues from the government -- federal, state, local, and international -- and the private sector."

http://www.ilcusa.org/_lib/pdf/ILC200106.pdf

For more information about ILCUSA see:

http://www.ilcusa.org/
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9. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Statistical Analysis for Comparing Antifracture Efficacy among Antiresorptive Agents: Alendronate versus Alfacalcidol and Calcitonin," by Kiyoshi Aoyagi, Masataka Shiraki, Masako Ito, and Toshitaka Nakamura (_Clinical Drug Investigations_ via Medscape, Vol. 21, No. 4, HTML format, June 2001, p. 371-381).

http://www.medscape.com/39676.rhtml?srcmp=ms-062901

or

http://www.medscape.com/adis/CDI/2001/v21.n06/cdi2106.01.aoya/cdi2106.01.aoya-01.html

B. "Individualizing Hormone Therapy: Principles and Practice," by Morris Notelovitz (_Women's Health Clinical Management - Volume 2_ via Medscape Women's Health, HTML format, released June 28, 2001). Note: Continuing medical education credits are available.

http://www.medscape.com/39735.rhtml?srcmp=ms-062901

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/WomensHealth/ClinicalMgmt/CM.v02/public/index-CM.v02.html
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10. _HCFA_ MEDICARE COVERAGE POLICY DECISION: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Urge Urinary Incontinence," (_Health Care Financing Administration_ CAG-00058, Word, HTML, and .pdf formats, June 29, 2001). Note: This page provides links to the coverage policy decision memorandum, a literature review, and two technical assessments of the decision.

http://www.hcfa.gov/coverage/8b3%2Dv.htm
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11. _AARP BULLETIN_ ARTICLES: Selected articles from the July/August 2001 issue of _AARP Bulletin_ have been made electronically available.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/home.html
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12. NCHS HEALTH UNITED STATES LISTSERV: "The Health, United States (HUS) list provides a mechanism for dissemination of information regarding Health, U.S. activities, products, and release dates. Listserv members can expect to receive notices of updates to existing tables throughout the year." For more information, including subscription information, see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hus/huslistserv.htm
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III. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

13. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 27, No. 3, July 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text via EbscoHost. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/frameloader.html?http://www.catchword.co.uk/titles/tandf/0361073X/v27n3/contp1-1.htm

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14. 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 "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Demography (Vol. 38, No. 2, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 29, No. 4, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 20, No. 2, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in ProQuest Research Library and EbscoHost. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 63, No. 2, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 58, No. 2, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.
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15. 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 June 29, 2001:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 29, 2001:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 29, 2001:

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

AMADEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Books:

16. NAP: "Preparing for an Aging World: The Case for Cross-National Research," (Panel on a Research Agenda and New Data for an Aging World, Committee on Population, Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council, National Academy Press, June 2001, 328p. contents can be viewed on line in Open Book format).

http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074215/html/index.html

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V. Funding Opportunities:

17. NIH: "The Role of Antioxidents in the Prevention of Diabetic Complications," (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Eye Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and Office of Dietary Supplements, PA-01-112, released June 27, 2001).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-112.html

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VI. Websites of Interest:

18. President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security:

The President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security (CSSS) was created to evaluate and recommend ways to keep the Social Security program fiscally sound. The Web site will provide information about the Commission's meetings, minutes from the meetings, as well as the final report issued by the Commission. People can use the Web site to contact the Commission with any comments or ideas.

http://csss.gov/

19. "Medscape Women's Health Journal Scan - Menopause," (Vol. 4, No. 11, updated June 25, 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/39625.rhtml?srcmp=ms-062901

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/features/JournalScan/WomensHealth/2001/js-wh0411.html

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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