Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #356--September 28, 2006


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:


I. Reports and articles:


A. OASDI (Old age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, August 2006 (September 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

B. SSI (Supplementary Security Income) Monthly Statistics, August 2006 (September 2006, HTML and .pdf format)

C. "International Update, August 2006" (HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

2. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTATS: "QuickStats: Annual Rate of Visits to Office-Based Physicians and Hospital Outpatient Departments During Which Combination Estrogen-Progestin Hormone Therapy Was Prescribed for Women Aged >40 years, by Age Group --- United States, 2001--2003" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 55, No. 38, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1047).



3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE COMPTROLLER GENERAL PRESENTATION: "21st Century Challenges: Retirement Insecurity," a presentation given at the Southern Employee Benefits Conference, Sep. 22, 2006, in Charlotte, North Carolina (GAO-06-1108CG, September 206, .pdf formatted Microsoft PowerPoint slides, 46 slides).


A. "Advisory Opinion document 06-14 (concerning a pharmaceutical manufacturer's proposal to establish a patient assistance program to provide the company's drugs to financially-needy Medicare Part D enrollees outside of the Part D benefit)" (September 2006, .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Nationwide Review of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities' Compliance With Medicare's Transfer Regulation" (A-04-04-00008, September 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).


Our objective was to determine whether inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) coded claims as "discharged to home" in compliance with Medicare's transfer regulation during fiscal year (FY) 2003. IRFs did not always code claims in compliance with Medicare's transfer regulation. Nationwide we identified 2,473 IRF claims coded and paid as discharges to home that potentially should have been paid as transfers. We visited or contacted seven IRFs that were responsible for 112 of these claims and found that all 112 claims should have been coded as transfers rather than as discharges. We recommended that CMS: (1) instruct the fiscal intermediaries to review the claims in question and to recover, as appropriate, the estimated $11,967,555 in potential overpayments, (2) instruct the fiscal intermediaries to review claims paid after our audit period for possible coding errors like those found in this review, and (3) implement edits in the Common Working File that match beneficiary discharge dates with admission dates to other providers to identify potentially miscoded claims. CMS concurred with the recommendations and requested that we furnish the necessary data to initiate recovery of the overpayments. We have provided CMS with the requested data.

5. US INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Federal Estate Tax Returns Filed for Nonresident Aliens, 2003, 2004, and 2005," by Brian G. Raub (_Statistics of Income Bulletin_, Summer 2006, .pdf format, p. 161-171). There are links at the site relevant data (Microsoft Excel format).,,id=162576,00.html

6. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: Pension Coverage and Retirement Savings of Canadian Families, 1986 to 2003," by Rene Morissette and Yuri Ostrovsky (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 286, September 2006, .pdf format, 48p.).

Click on "PDF version" for link to full text.

7. STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND/TATAURANGA AOTEARO REPORT: "A History of Survival in New Zealand: Cohort life tables 1876-2004" (September 2006, .pdf format, 133p.).


A. "Wisconsin Deaths, 2005" (September 2006, .pdf format, 86p.).

B. Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables)
2003-2005" (September 2006).


A. "7 in 10 Boomer+ Voters Oppose Private Accounts: AARP Election Watch Survey Finds Nearly 80 Percent More Likely to Support Candidates Who Will Strengthen Social Security" (News Release, Sep. 25, 2006).

B. "Caught in the NET: A Survey of Detroit Area Residents 40+ About Online Use and Safety," by Jennifer H. Sauer (Research Report, September 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).

C. "Losing Ground: Has The Economic Expansion Helped Or Hurt Older Americans?" by John Gist (Public Policy Institute Data Digest, September 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

D. "2006 Multi-State TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) Survey of AARP Members" (Allen Newman Research, 2006, .pdf format). Surveys are presently available for nine states.

E. AARP Prime Time Focus Radio: "The Dead Beat" (Sep. 30-Oct. 1, 2006, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required to hear this audio transcript, running time: 5 minutes 2 seconds). "A fascinating look at the people who write about the famous and non-famous people who've left us"


A. "Beneficiary Challenges in Using the Medicare Part D Appeals Process To Obtain Medically Necessary Drugs," by Vicki Gottlich (September 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Oversight and Enforcement of Medicare Part D Plan Requirements: Federal Role and Responsibilities," by Toby S. Edelman (September 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

11. PEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT: "Working After Retirement: The Gap Between Expectations and Reality" (September 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).


A. "Do Older Workers Face Greater Risk of Displacement?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Steven Sass, Mauricio Soto, and Natalia Zhivan (IB #53, September 2006, .pdf format, 10p.). Note: this IB is adapted from the BCCR working paper referenced below under "Working Papers."

B. "Will Reverse Mortgages Rescue the Baby Boomers?" by Andrew D. Eschtruth, Wei Sun, and Anthony Webb (IB #54, September 2006, .pdf format, 5p.).

13. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report," (International Longevity Center, USA, September 2006, .pdf format, 5p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

14. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING [N4A] REPORT: "The Maturing of America: Getting Communities on Track for an Aging Population,"(2006, .pdf format, 32p.).

Press Release:

More information on N4A:

15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Combinatorial activities of Akt and B-Raf/Erk signaling in a mouse model of androgen-independent prostate cancer," by Hui Gao, Xuesong Ouyang, Whitney A. Banach-Petrosky, William L. Gerald, Michael M. Shen, and Cory Abate-Shen (Vol. 103, No. 39, Sep. 26, 2006, p. 14477-14482).


A. "Stem-cell ageing modified by the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p16," by Viktor Janzen, Randolf Forkert, Heather E. Fleming, Yoriko Saito, Michael T. Waring, David M. Dombkowski, Tao Cheng1, Ronald A. DePinho, Norman E. Sharpless, and David T. Scadden (Vol. 443, No. 7110, Sep. 28, 2006, p. 421-426).

B. "Increasing p16INK4a expression decreases forebrain progenitors and neurogenesis during ageing," by Anna V. Molofsky, Shalom G. Slutsky, Nancy M. Joseph, Shenghui He, Ricardo Pardal, Janakiraman Krishnamurthy, Norman E. Sharpless, and Sean J. Morrison (Letter Abstract, Vol. 443, No. 7110, Sep. 28, 2006, p. 448-452).

C. "p16INK4a induces an age-dependent decline in islet regenerative potential," by Janakiraman Krishnamurthy, Matthew R. Ramsey, Keith L. Ligon, Chad Torrice1, Angela Koh, Susan Bonner-Weir, and Norman E. Sharpless (Letter Abstract, Vol. 443, No. 7110, Sep. 28, 2006, p. 453-457).

17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS ROUNDUP EXTRACT: "Over 70s should also get screening for bowel cancer," by Rebecca Coombes (Vol. 333, No. 7569, Sep. 23, 2006, p. 620).

18. TIME GENERATIONS UPDATES: Time has updated its special Generations section with the following new articles for October 2006. Time Generations articles can be accessed from:

"Taking the Slow Road: Short-term vacation rentals provide more space and privacy than a hotel room--and let travelers explore at their own pace," by Elizabeth Pope.

"A Doctor in the House: Physicians are reviving a bygone practice to keep tabs on aging patients," by Lois Gilman.

"Retro Revival: Classic candies and other treats help boomers recapture the
joy of childhood," by Francine Russo.

"Look, Ma, No Cork! Good wines now come with screw caps, pop tops and paper 'bottles'," by Sharon Kapnik.

"Life and Death: Author Mitch Albom knocks on heaven's door a third time," by Andrea Sachs.

"Unreal Estate: Now is not the time to count on your house to prop up your retirement," by Daniel Kadlec.

19. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Britain: Age-discrimination legislation: Hire the aged: New laws to regulate Britain's growing army of old workers" (Sep. 30, 2006).

20. TOMDISPATCH.COM ARTICLE: "Border Invaders: The Perfect Swarm Heads South," by Mike Davis (Sep. 19, 2006).

More information about and the Nation Institute:


II. Working Papers:

21. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA WHARTON SCHOOL PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: The PRC has recently released 15 new working papers that may be of interest to researchers in aging. They are WPs No. 2006-11 -- 2006-25 and are available at:

Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

22. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Effects of Attrition and Non-Response in the Health and Retirement Study," by Arie Kapteyn, Pierre-Carl Michaud, James P. Smith, and Arthur van Soest (WR-407, July 2006, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

23. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Has the Displacement of Older Workers Increased?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Steven Sass, Mauricio Soto, and Natalia Zhivan (WP 2006-17, September 2006, .pdf format, 43p.). Note: An issue brief adapted from this paper is linked to above in the "Reports and Articles" section.

24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Medicaid Crowd-Out of Private Long-Term Care Insurance Demand: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey," by Jeffrey R. Brown, Norma B. Coe, and Amy Finkelstein (w12536, September 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).


This paper provides empirical evidence of Medicaid crowd out of demand for private long-term care insurance. Using data on the near- and young-elderly in the Health and Retirement Survey, our central estimate suggests that a $10,000 decrease in the level of assets an individual can keep while qualifying for Medicaid would increase private long-term care insurance coverage by 1.1 percentage points. These estimates imply that if every state in the country moved from their current Medicaid asset eligibility requirements to the most stringent Medicaid eligibility requirements allowed by federal law -- a change that would decrease average household assets protected by Medicaid by about $25,000 -- demand for private long-term care insurance would rise by 2.7 percentage points. While this represents a 30 percent increase in insurance coverage relative to the baseline ownership rate of 9.1 percent, it also indicates that the vast majority of households would still find it unattractive to purchase private insurance. We discuss reasons why, even with extremely stringent eligibility requirements, Medicaid may still exert a large crowd-out effect on demand for private insurance.

25. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAXWELL SCHOOL CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH: "Pinning Down The Value Of Statistical Life," by Thomas J. Kniesner, W. Kip Viscusi, Christopher Woock, and James P. Ziliak (WP 85, September 2006, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

26. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]:" Elder Parent Health and the Migration Decision of Adult Children: Evidence from Rural China," by John Giles and Ren Mu (Discussion Paper 2333, September 2006, .pdf format, p.).


Recent research has shown that participation in migrant labor markets has led to substantial increases in income for families in rural China. This paper asks how participation is affected by elder parent health. We find that younger adults are less likely to work as migrants when a parent is ill. Poor elder parent health has less impact on the probability of employment as a migrant when an adult child has siblings who may be available to provide care. We also highlight the potential importance of including information on non-resident family members when studying how parent illness and elder care requirements influence the labor supply decisions of adult children.

27. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Estate Taxation with Both Accidental and Planned Bequests," by Pierre Pestieau and Motohiro Sato (WP 1799, September 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=13498

Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.


A. "Macroeconomic implications of demographic developments in the euro area," by Angela Maddaloni, Alberto Musso, Philipp Rother, Melanie Ward-Warmedinger, and Thomas Westermann (Occasional Paper 51 August 2006, .pdf format, 63p. Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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B. "The importance of being mature - the effect of demographic maturation on global per-capita GDP," by Rafael Gomez and Pablo Hernandez de Cos (Working Paper 670, August 2006, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on "download..." at the bottom of the page for link to full text.


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

29. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 14, No. 10, October 2006).

30. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 63, No. 2, 2006).

31. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

32. Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 114, No. 4, August 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

33. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 10, October 2006).

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Educational Gerontology (Vol. 32, No. 10, November-December 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

35. 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."

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B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 27, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 27, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sep. 27, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 27, 2006:

F. Opthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 27, 2006:

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IV. Books:

36. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE MONOGRAPH: Retirement Security in the United States--Current Sources, Future Prospects, and Likely Outcomes of Current Trends, by Jack VanDerhei, Craig Copeland, and Dallas Salisbury (2006, .pdf format, 157p.).

37. US INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE MONOGRAPH: Rewarding Provider Performance: Aligning Incentives in Medicare (Pathways to Quality Health Care Series), Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs (2006, OpenBook format, 190p.). Ordering information for a print or .pdf format copy is available at the site.


V. Funding Opportunities:

38. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP) Repository" (RFA-RR-06-005, Sep. 20, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

39. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Choices for Independence: 2006," a" national leadership summit" to be held Dec. 5-6, 2006 in Washington, D.C. For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Employment and Community Service for Low-Income Seniors: Are We Getting the Job Done?" a hearing held Apr. 6, 2006 (Senate Hearing 109-528, ASCII text and .pdf format, 98p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-528" (without the quotes).

41. US HOUSE EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Older Americans Act: Strengthening Communities to Support the Next Generation of Older Americans," a field hearing held Apr. 3, 2006 (House Serial Publication 109-33, ASCII text and .pdf format, 37p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-33" (without the quotes).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND EDUCATION REFERRAL (ADEAR) "AD Lib": "Here you can search AD Lib, the ADEAR Center's collection of nearly 8,500 materials related to Alzheimer's disease. This database includes fact sheets, textbook chapters, journal articles, brochures, teaching manuals, directories, videos and other media, bibliographies, program descriptions, monographs, newsletters, and reports that are available from a wide variety of sources. Many of these materials are not found in other libraries or databases."

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706