AMA develops contracting toolkit; Medicare Part A out of money;

> The American Medical Association has developed a toolkit to help doctors, preferred provider networks and payers understand each other better during contract discussions. Article

> Medicare Part A isn't doing so well. Auditors have concluded that with payroll tax income dropping due to lost jobs, the trust fund will be exhausted in 2017, two years earlier than expected. Article

> A new study looking at healthcare systems in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany has concluded that if handled appropriately, comparative effectiveness studies can improve care and lower costs for Americans. Article

> Urgent care centers are growing more popular of late, as they don't charge any more than traditional primary care physician office visits, researchers say. Article

And Finally... Buddy, if you can't get out of jury duty, just sit there and take it like a man. Article