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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Effects of Medicare Advantage Enrollment on Beneficiary Risk Scores: Working Paper 2017-08

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53270

Explores differences in the methods used to determine federal payments for Medicare Advantage versus Fee for Service patients and why the former are assigned higher risk scores leading to higher government payments.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Prescription Opioids: Medicare Needs to Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687629.pdf

Examines federal oversight of Medicare beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions under Part D and oversight of providers who prescribe opioids.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Measuring the Adequacy of Retirement Income: A Primer

Categories: Elderly,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53191-retirementadequacy.pdf

Examines various measures and approaches for quantifying the adequacy of retirement income.  Includes factors considered when measuring retirement income adequacy, and measures of adequacy for both single-year and multi-year analyses.  From the Congressional Budget Office

Low Wage Workers: Poverty and Use of Selected Federal Social Safety Net Programs Persist Among Working Families

The Nation’s Retirement System: A Comprehensive Re-evaluation is Needed to Better Promote Future Retirement Security

Categories: Elderly,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687797.pdf

Examines the challenges to retirement security posed by disappearing pensions.  Draws on recommendations from a panel of experts who see the need for a new evaluation of the American retirement system.  Includes selected federal legislation shaping retirement, and retirement systems in selected countries.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Living Arrangements of People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Implications for Services and Supports: Issue Brief

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Welfare/Social Services

https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/257966/LivingArran.pdf

Provides an overview of where people with dementias live and reviews use of services, quality of care, hospital and emergency department use, costs of care, and types of end-of-life care.  Contract report prepared for the Office of the Assistant Secretasry for Planning and Evaluation of the Health and Human Services Department

 

Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2015-2016

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db289.pdf

The overall hypertension rate was 29% and increased with age from 7.5% for ages 18-39 up to 63.1% for those 60+.  Also looks at differences by races and gender. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Participate in the Arts

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health

https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/StayingEngaged_0917.pdf

Examines such health characteristics as cognitive ability, physical function, and hypertension rates among elderly Americans who participate in arts activities.  From the National Endowment for the Arts

 

Unpaid Eldercare in the United States—2015-16 Data from the American Time Use Survey

Categories: Elderly,Statistics,Women

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/elcare_09202017.pdf

Estimates that 16% of the U.S. civilian population age 15+ provided unpaid eldercare during a recent two year period.  Provides demographic characteristics of those providers and recipients of care, the time spent, and the activities provided.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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