Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 508 -- October 15, 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:


I. Reports and articles:

1. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "CMS Proposes New Rules for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans to Better Serve Beneficiaries" (Oct. 9, 2009).


2. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2008," by Patrick Purcell (RL32697, October 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).


3. US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY REPORT: "Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging" (July 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 32p.).


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Part D E-Prescribing Standards: Early Assessment Shows Partial Connectivity" (OEI-05-08-00320, October 2009, .pdf format, 33p.).


Nearly 80 percent of plan sponsors reported at least partial plan-to-prescriber connectivity but few reported complete connectivity. Problems implementing Formulary & Benefits Standard 1.0, one of the plan-to-prescriber standards, limit complete plan-to-prescriber connectivity.Plan sponsors reported that they experienced incomplete implementation of Formulary & Benefits Standard 1.0 because their systems are not fully compatible with the standard.

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 established the Medicare Part D e-prescribing program, which stipulates that plan sponsors must implement e-prescribing standards specified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary).On behalf of the Secretary, CMS established e-prescribing standards. These standards facilitate the communication of prescription information among prescribers (e.g., doctors), plan sponsors, and dispensers (e.g., pharmacies).The plan-to-prescriber standards include Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12N 270/271, SCRIPT 8.1, and Formulary & Benefits Standard 1.0.The plan-to-dispenser standard is Telecommunication 5.1. CMS required that plan sponsors implement ASC X12N 270/271 and Telecommunication 5.1 by January 2006 and SCRIPT 8.1 and Formulary & Benefits Standard 1.0 by April 2009. We surveyed all plan sponsors for plan year 2008 between August and September 2008 to determine the extent of their implementation of the standards.

Most plan sponsors had complete plan-to-dispenser connectivity. Only 5 percent of plan sponsors reported no plan-to-dispenser connectivity.

Based on these findings, we recommend that CMS ensure that plan sponsors completely implemented the plan-to-prescriber and plan-to-dispenser standards.We also recommend that CMS collaborate with plan sponsors and industry representatives to address barriers to full implementation of s Formulary & Benefits Standard 1.0.

CMS concurred with each of our recommendations. To address them, CMS will continue to educate plan sponsors about e-prescribing requirements. If necessary, CMS will also use available compliance mechanisms to bring plan sponsors into compliance.In addition, CMS plans to continue collaboration with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs to continually update and develop new e-prescribing standards.


5. US MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING TRANSCRIPT: The full transcript from the Oct. 8-9 meeting, held in Washington, DC, is available (.pdf format, 503p.). Click on "View Transcript" under "Past Meetings," Oct. 8-9.


6. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Investment in Parkinson's Disease Data Bank Yields Potential Therapy" (Oct. 12, 2009).


7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, October 2009" (HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).



A. "Healthy life years in the European Union: facts and figures 2005" (2009, .pdf format, 255p.).

B. "Sustainability Report 2009" (October 2009, .pdf format, 160p.). Note: there are several sections and tables in this report that may be of interest to researchers in aging.


9. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF WELFARE AND HEALTH REPORT: "Aged care packages in the community 2007-08: a statistical overview" (Aged care statistics series no. 29, October 2009, .pdf and Rich-text format [zipped and unzipped], 142p.).


10. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: "Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009" (October 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 62p.). Note: P. 42-48: "Fact sheet--Police-reported family violence against older adults" may be of interest to researchers in aging.


11. MAURITIUS CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Digest Of Social Security Statistics-2008" (October 2009, .pdf format, 163p.). Click on linked title for link to full text.


12. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Pension, Disability and Carers Service partnerships research," by Suzanne Hall, Stephen Bell, Paul Carroll and Jayesh Shah (Research Report 604, 2009, .pdf format, 66p.).


13. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Pension Buyouts: What Can We Learn From the UK Experience?" by Ashby H.B. Monk (IB#9-21, October 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


14. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Free Trade in Health Care: The Gains from Globalized Medicare and Medicaid," by Dean Baker and Hye Jin Rho (October 2009, .pdf format, 19p.).

More information about CEPR:


15. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "Supporting Culture Change: Working Toward Smarter State Nursing Home Regulation," by Robyn I. Stone, Natasha Bryant, and Linda Barbarotta (Vol. 68, October 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).


16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 20, Oct. 14, 2009).

More information about FCA:


17. JOSEPH ROUNTREE FOUNDATION REPORT: "Identifying a fairer system for funding adult social care," by Justin Keen and David Bell (October 2009, summary, .pdf format, 12p.).

More information about JRF:


18. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE (UK) REPORT: "Time to annuitise?" by Jackie Wells (October 2009, .pdf format, 17p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

More information about ILC-UK:


19. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? The MetLife Study of the New Realities of the Job Market for Aging Baby Boomers" (October 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).

More information about MMI:


20. NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER REPORT: "Subprime Revisited: How Reverse Mortgage Lenders Put Older Homeowners Equity at Risk," by Tara Twomey and Rick Jurgens (October 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

More information about NCLC:


21. SCOTTISH WIDOWS REPORT: "Women and Pensions Report: Pensions for Today and Tomorrow" (October 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

More information about SW:


22. TIME ARTICLE: "Why It's Time to Retire the 401(k)," by Stephen Gandel (Oct. 9, 2009).,8599,1929119,00.html



A. "Repressive Effects of Resveratrol on Androgen Receptor Transcriptional Activity," by Wen-feng Shi, Melanie Leong, Ellen Cho, Joseph Farrell, Han-chun Chen, Jun Tian, and Dianzheng Zhang (PLoS ONE 4(10): e7398. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007398, HTML, XML and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Cost-Effectiveness of an Intervention to Reduce Emergency Re-Admissions to Hospital among Older Patients," by Nicholas Graves, Mary Courtney, Helen Edwards, Anne Chang, Anthony Parker, and Kathleen Finlayson (PLoS ONE 4(10): e7455. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007455, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

C. "Post-Training Dephosphorylation of eEF-2 Promotes Protein Synthesis for Memory Consolidation," by Heh-In Im, Akira Nakajima, Bo Gong, Xiaoli Xiong, Takayoshi Mamiya, Elliot S. Gershon, Min Zhuo, and Ya-Ping Tang (PLoS ONE 4(10): e7424. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007424, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 17p.).


24. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Multimodal techniques for diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer's disease," by Richard J. Perrin, Anne M. Fagan and David M. Holtzman (Vol. 461, No. 7266, Oct. 15, 2009, p. 916-922).



A. "Comparative Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive vs Open Radical Prostatectomy," by Jim C. Hu, Xiangmei Gu, Stuart R. Lipsitz, Michael J. Barry, Anthony V. DAmico, Aaron C. Weinberg, and Nancy L. Keating (Vol. 302, No. 14, Oct. 14, 2009, p. 1557-1564).

B. "Incidence and Mortality of Hip Fractures in the United States," by Carmen A. Brauer, Marcelo Coca-Perraillon, David M. Cutler, and Allison B. Rosen (Vol. 302, No. 14, Oct. 14, 2009, p. 1573-1579).

C. "Functional Status Assessment in the Preoperative Evaluation of Older Adults," by Preeti N. Malani (Vol. 302, No. 14, Oct. 14, 2009, p. 1582-1583).

D. "Medicare Physician Payments," by Mike Mitka (Vol. 302, No. 14, Oct. 14, 2009, p. 1522).



A. "The Clinical Course of Advanced Dementia," by Susan L. Mitchell, Joan M. Teno, Dan K. Kiely,, Michele L. Shaffer, Richard N. Jones, Holly G. Prigerson,Ladislav Volicer, Jane L. Givens, and Mary Beth Hamel (Vol. 361, No. 16, Oct. 15, 2009, p. 1529-1538).

B. "Functional Status of Elderly Adults before and after Initiation of Dialysis," by Manjula Kurella Tamura, Kenneth E. Covinsky, Glenn M. Chertow, Kristine Yaffe, Seth Landefeld, and Charles E. McCulloch (Vol. 361, No. 16, Oct. 15, 2009, p. 1539-1547).


27. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Oestrogen plus progestin and lung cancer in postmenopausal women (Women's Health Initiative trial): a post-hoc analysis of a randomised controlled trial," by Rowan T. Chlebowski, Ann G. Schwartz, Heather Wakelee, Garnet L. Anderson, Marcia L. Stefanick, JoAnn E Manson, Rebecca J. Rodabough, Jason W. Chien, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Margery Gass, Jane Morley Kotchen, Karen C. Johnson, Mary Jo O'Sullivan, Judith K. Ockene, Chu Chen, and F. Allan Hubbell, for the Women's Health Initiative Investigators (Vol. 374, No. 9697, October 10, 2009, p. 1243-1251).


28. LANCET NEUROLOGY LEADING EDGE, ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content.

A. "Neurology in the elderly: more trials urgently needed," ( Vol. 8, No. 11, November 2009, p. 969.). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Prevalence, incidence, and factors associated with pre-stroke and post-stroke dementia: a systematic review and meta-analysis," by Sarah T. Pendlebury and Peter M. Rothwell (Vol. 8, No. 11, November 2009, p. 1006-1018).



A. "Fall prevention with supplemental and active forms of vitamin D: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials," by H. A. Bischoff-Ferrari, B. Dawson-Hughes, H. B. Staehelin, J. E. Orav, A. E. Stuck, R. Theiler, J. B. Wong, A. Egli, D. P. Kiel, and J. Henschkowski (BMJ 2009;339:b3692, October 10, 2009).

B. "Life expectancy in relation to cardiovascular risk factors: 38 year follow-up of 19,000 men in the Whitehall study," by Robert Clarke, Jonathan Emberson, Astrid Fletcher, Elizabeth Breeze, Michael Marmot, and Martin J. Shipley (BMJ 2009;339:b3513, October 10, 2009).

C. "Adiposity and weight change in mid-life in relation to healthy survival after age 70 in women: prospective cohort study," by Qi Sun, Mary K. Townsend, Olivia I. Okereke, Oscar H. Franco, Frank B. Hu, and Francine Grodstein (BMJ 2009;339:b3796, October 10, 2009).

D. " Ethical care in dementia," by Marja-Liisa Laakkonen and Kaisu Pitkala (BMJ 2009;339:b3993, October 10, 2009).


II. Working Papers:


A. "Income, Material Hardship, and the Use of Public Programs among the Elderly," by Helen Levy (WP2009-208, September 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Investor Behavior and Fund Performance under a Privatized Retirement Accounts System: Evidence from Chile," by Elena Krasnokutskaya and Petra Todd (WP2009-209, September 2009, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Social Security Literacy and Retirement Well-Being," by Hugo A. Benitez-Silva (WP 2009-210, September 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Buffering Shocks to Well-Being Late in Life," by Matthew D. Shapiro (WP 2009-211, September 2009, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "The Displacement Effect of Public Pensions on the Accumulation of Financial Assets," by Michael Hurd, Pierre-Carl Michaud and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2009-212, September 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


31. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER: "Personal Attributes and the Financial Well-Being of Older Adults: The Effects of Control Beliefs," by Karen A. Zurlo (WP 2009-09), October 2009, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


32. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers. Links to abstracts and full text are available at the sites.

A. "Rebuilding Workers' Retirement Security: A Labor Perspective on Private Pension Reform," by Damon Silvers (WP2009-19, October 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

B. "Longevity Risk and Annuities in Singapore," by Joelle H.Y. Fong, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Benedict S. K. Koh (WP2009-20, October 2009, .pdf format, 32p.).

C. "Outsourcing Pension Longevity Protection," by Igor Balevich (WP2009-21, October 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).

D. "Comparing Spending Approaches in Retirement," by John Ameriks, Michael Hess, and Liqian Ren (WP 2009-22, October 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).

E. "Risk Budgeting for the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board," by Sterling Gunn and Tracy Livingstone (WP 2009-23, October 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

F. "Can VEBAs Alleviate Retiree Health Care Problems?" by Aaron Bernstein (WP 2009-24, October 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).


33. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Effects of Pension Rights and Retirement Age on Training Participation: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," by Raymond Montizaan, Frank Corvers, and Andries de Grip (Discussion Paper 4462, October 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


34. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Social Security Incidence under Uncertainty Assessing Italian Reforms," by Devis Geron (WP2812, October 2009, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


35. 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 Sep. 26 - Oct. 3, 2009).


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

36. Ageing and Society (Vol. 29, No. 7, October 2009, No 8. Special Issue, November 2009.


November: this is a special issue: "Minimal Families: Childlessness and Intergenerational Transfers"

37. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 170, No. 9, Nov. 1, 2009).

38. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 17, No. 10, October 2009).

Note: This issue is linked at the BOTTOM of the page.

39. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 99, No. 11, November 2009).

40. Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 49, No. 9, Nov. 1, 2009).

41. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 69, No. 3, 2009).

42. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 64A, No. 11, November 2009).

43. Journals of Gerontology (B): Psychological and Social Sciences (Vol. 64B, No. 5, September 2009).

44. Population Policy and Research Review (Vol. 28, No. 5, October 2009).


45. 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 Oct. 12, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 12, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 12, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Oct. 12, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Oct. 12, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Oct. 12, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

46. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NOTICE: "Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)," (NOT-MH-10-003, October 9, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).


47. "RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging." Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2010. For more information see:


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


V. Legislation Information Updates:

49. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY/TRANSCRIPT: "Sticker Shock: What's the True Cost of Federal Long-Term Care Insurance," a hearing held Oct. 14, 2009 (.pdf format). In addition to print testimony, a video transcript of the hearing is available at the site: running time: about 2 hours. Click on "Click here" for link to video transcript.


VI. Websites of Interest:

50. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The Supplier Directory was updated on Oct. 15, 2009. For all of's suite of interactive web databases see:


51. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: On Oct. 6, 2009, has updated its information through 2008 on "Distribution of Medicare Enrollees by Age, states (2007-2008), U.S. (2008)."


It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.


Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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