Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #298--August 4, 2005


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I. Data:

1. HRS:

A. "The Questionnaires page has been revised to include the HRS 2004 Core paper and pencil sections," (Health and Retirement Study, August 2, 2005).

B. "The HUMS 2001 Tuition Imputations data set has been added to the list of restricted data products," (Health and Retirement Study, August 2, 2005).

2. MEPS: "MEPS HC-075: 2004 P8R3/P9R1 Population Characteristics," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, July 2005, 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).

3. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: "2003 PSID Individual Data by Years Release 4," (August 1, 2005). Note: Release 4 contains corrections to several case ID's.

4. ICPSR UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research has recently updated the following datasets, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Survey on Health, Well-Being, and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2000 (#3546).

5. NCHS:

A. The National Center for Health Statistics has released the 2004 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data file. Data can be downloaded in ASCII format, along with SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements. Documentation (variable layout, summaries, and frequencies) is available in .pdf format.

B. On August 1, 2005, NCHS released new and updated data and documentation files for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

New file:

Dietary Supplement (DSQ_B 2001-2002)

Updated Laboratory files:

PHPYPA Urinary Phthalates (PHPYPA_B 2001-2002)
PHPYPA Urinary Phthalates (PHPYPA 1999-2000)
Lab 06HM Heavy Metals (Lab06hm_B 2001-2002)
Lab 06HM Heavy Metals (Lab06hm 1999-2000)
Lab 18T4 Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone and Thyroxine (Lab18t4 1999-2000)
Lab 21 Volatile Organic Compounds (Lab 21 1999-2000)
Lab 26 Pesticides (Lab 26pp_B 2001-2002)
Lab 26 Pesticides (Lab 26pp 1999-2000)
Lab 28 Dioxins (Lab 28poc_B 2001-2002)
Lab 28 Dioxins (Lab 28poc 1999-2000)
Lab 40T4 Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone and Thyroxine (Lab 40t4_B 2001-2002)


II. Reports and articles:

6. GAO CORRESPONDENCE: "Medicare: Concerns Regarding Plans to Transfer the Appeals Workload from SSA to HHS Remain," (US Government Accountability Office, GAO-05-703R, 2005, .pdf format, 68p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:


A. "Self-Declaration of U.S. Citizenship for Medicaid," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, OEI-02-03-00190, July 2005, .pdf format, 29p.).


The objective of this inspection was to describe the extent to which States allow self-declaration of U.S. citizenship for Medicaid and related programs. It also identifies potential vulnerabilities associated with quality control activities and evidence used to verify citizenship. In recent years, CMS has encouraged the practice of self-declaration in an effort to simplify Medicaid application procedures. However, CMS has also encouraged States to maintain program integrity by verifying the accuracy of citizenship statements with other, nonapplicant sources, such as State vital statistics databases and/or by conducting posteligibility-focused reviews. OIG found that currently 47 States allow self-declaration of U.S. citizenship for Medicaid; however, 44 of these require documentary evidence of citizenship if statements seem questionable. Twenty-seven States do not verify the accuracy of any U.S. citizenship statements as part of their posteligibility quality control activities. Further, some States use types of evidence to document citizenship for Medicaid that are not accepted by CMS or the Social Security Administration. Finally, other programs related to Medicaid, including TANF, Supplemental Security Income, and foster care, are more likely to document citizenship. Based on evidence gathered in this inspection, OIG recommends that CMS strengthen posteligibility quality controls in States that allow self-declaration; issue a complete list of evidence that States may reference when determining eligibility; and explore allowing State Medicaid staff to use citizenship verifications from other, Medicaid-related programs as an additional resource.

B. "Nurse Aide Registries: Long Term Care Facility Compliance and Practices," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, OEI-07-04-00140, July 2005, .pdf format, 18p.).


OIG found that the long term care facility administrators reported checking their State nurse aide registries prior to hiring potential nurse aides, as Federal regulation requires; the registry results affected some hiring decisions. However, 55 percent of administrators reported that they only check their own State's registry and thus are most likely not in compliance with Federal requirements to check other State registries they believe will include information on a potential nurse aide. Furthermore, 17 percent of long term care facilities employed individuals as nurse aides without required registrations. Eighty-five percent of administrators reported establishing additional screening procedures to better ensure that they do not hire or employ individuals with court convictions of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents; however, some of these methods may not be fully effective. OIG recommended that CMS: (1) utilize existing communication channels to emphasize that long term care facilities must comply with Federal regulations to check nurse aide registries of other States that they believe will contain information about an individual prior to hiring, and to not employ individuals as nurse aides for more than 4 months without registration; and (2) encourage long term care facilities to use available resources to ensure that nurse aides with substantiated adverse findings or criminal backgrounds are not employed. CMS concurred with our recommendations.

C. "Nursing Home Enforcement: Collection of Civil Money Penalties," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, OEI-06-03-00420, July 2005, .pdf format, 27p.).


This report found that as of March 2004, CMS did not fully collect 4 percent of the civil money penalties (CMPs) imposed in 2002 and collected another 8 percent well after their due dates. CMS did not take all required actions to collect 94 percent of past-due CMPs, but did take some actions beyond those required that improved collection results. Responsibilities for CMP collections are neither clearly defined nor commonly agreed upon. OIG also found that the databases used for tracking CMP collections contained inaccurate and incomplete information, causing collection errors and frustrating staff. OIG recommends that CMS provide oversight to ensure that all required actions for collecting CMPs are taken, educate CMS staff using written guidelines to clarify responsibilities for CMP collections, and ensure the accuracy of information contained in databases used for tracking CMP collections while making them easier to use. CMS concurred with OIG's recommendations.


A. "Nursing Home Payments to Increase in 2005, CMS Announces," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, July 28, 2005).

B. "CMS Announces Payment Increases, Policy Changes for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, August 1, 2005).

C. "CMS Announces FY 2006 Rate Increases for Inpatient Stays in Acute Care Hospitals," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, August 1, 2005).

9. AARP POLICY AND RESEARCH REPORT: "Sus vidas y amores (Their Lives and Loves...) Latino Singles At Midlife and Beyond," (August 2005, .pdf format, 141p.).

10. CENTER ON AN AGING SOCIETY [GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY] DATA PROFILE: "Caregiving and Paid Work," (Caregivers of Older Persons Data Profile No. 4, August 2005, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).

11. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE: "Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Show Up Across Cognitive Areas Years Before Official Diagnosis," (APA, July 31, 2005). Note: The press release highlights the publication of an article in Neuropsychology ("Cognitive impairment in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: A meta-analysis," by Lars Bäckman, Sari Jones, Anna-Karin Berger, Erika Jonsson Laukka, and Brent J. Small (Neuropsychology, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 520-531)).

Link to full-text article:

12. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA eNews," (Administration on Aging, August 2005, .pdf and Word format, 10p.).

13. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "The Prognostic Value of a Nomogram for Exercise Capacity in Women," by Martha Gulati, Henry R. Black, Leslee J. Shaw, Morton F. Arnsdorf, C. Noel Bairey Merz, Michael S. Lauer, Thomas H. Marwick, Dilip K. Pandey, Roxanne H. Wicklund, and Ronald A. Thisted (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 353, No. 5, August 4, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 468-475).

14. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, for July 19, 2005 & July 26, 2005, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

The Debate Over Assisted Suicide (Part I)

The Debate Over Assisted Suicide (Part II)

Start Late, Finish Rich


III. Working Papers:

15. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Global Aging and Fiscal Policy with International Labor Mobility: A Political Economy Perspective," by Mehmet Serkan Tosun (Working Paper No. 05/140, July 2005, .pdf format, 35p.).


This paper uses an overlapping generations model with international labor mobility and a politically responsive fiscal policy to examine aging in developed and developing regions. Migrant workers change the political structure composed of young and elderly voters in both labor-receiving and labor-sending countries. Numerical simulations show that the developed region benefits more from international labor mobility through the contribution of migrant workers as laborers, savers, and voters. The developing region experiences significant growth in all specifications but benefits more under international capital mobility. Restricting political participation of migrant workers in the developed region produces inferior growth results.


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

16. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 162, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2005).

17. The Gerontologist (Vol. 45, No. 4, August 1, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

18. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (Vol. 60, No. 7, June 1, 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

19. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

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Educational Gerontology (Vol. 31, No. 7 & No. 8, August & September 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EbscoHost Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

20. 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 3, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 3, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 3, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 3, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 3, 2005:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 3, 2005:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Position Announcement:

21. NIH: "Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-06-001, August 3, 2005).

22. AOA: "Aging Services Network Integrated Care Management," (Administration on Aging, HHS-2005-AoA-IC-0509, 2005). Note: The deadline for application is Sept. 6, 2005.

23. NIA: The National Institute on Aging, Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) Program is seeking applicants for two Health Scientist Administrator positions:

A. "Health Scientist Administrator; Specialist in Behavioral/Population Genetics," (NIA-05-66442A).

B. "Health Scientist Administrator; Specialist in Biodemography," (NIA-05-66442B).


VI. Websites of Interest:

24. COMMONWEALTH FUND: "Medicare at 40: Selected Commonwealth Fund Resources," is a collection of resources available at the Commonwealth Fund that have been brought together in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Medicare program.

25. HRS OVERVIEW: "The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA U01AG09740), the study paints an emerging portrait of an aging America's physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning. The full scope of the study is described in this graphical overview of the data collection process."




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