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AMA Claim Toolkit

The American Medical Association offers educational materials to help clinicians process claims more efficiently. The “Heal the Claims Process” toolkit includes resources to help doctors in preparing a claim, following it, and appealing it. The tools include template appeal letters and claim management checklists. There also is a physician claims process checkup resource. For more information, contact the AMA by visiting the Web site

ama-assn.org/go/pmc

Free Asthma Screening

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology is offering free asthma screenings for adults and children at more than 200 sites nationwide. Most screenings will take place in May. For a list of locations and dates, visit the National Asthma Screening Program at the Web site

www.acaai.org/public/lifeQuality/nasp/index.htm

Fact Sheets on Thyroid Disorders

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, has produced four new fact sheets for consumers and health care providers. The subjects of the four publicationsare hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Graves' disease, and pregnancy and thyroid disease. More information about NIDDK and its programs is available at

www.niddk.nih.gov

Booklet for Pregnant Diabetic Women

A 44-page guide to pregnancy for women with preexisting diabetes is being offered by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “For Women With Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy” (DM-269) outlines a diabetes care plan, and includes forms for recording blood glucose levels, food intake, medication, and physical activity. A single copy is free; packages of 25 cost $10. To order, call 800–860–8747. For a PDF copy, visit the Web site

diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pub/pregnancy

Postmarket Drug Safety Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a Web page with a wide variety of safety information about prescription drugs for health care professionals and consumers. The page,

www.fda.gov/cder/drugsafety.htm

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