December 19, 2019

1. Ballad Health reports flu levels typical of late January
2. Facebook, Instagram influencers can no longer get paid to promote vaping Full story

3. VA discontinues star ratings system for hospitals Full story

4. The state of chronic wound care — 7 hospital leaders weigh in opportunities and challenges. Click here to read the white paper.

5. Thrilled to welcome keynotes Magic Johnson, Laura Bush and George W. Bush, as well as a moderated keynote discussion between Karl Rove and Donna Brazile, to Becker's 11th Annual Meeting, April 6-9, 2020. Register here. For exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, email Jessica Cole at

6.  Chicago hospital CEO credited with helping save stroke patient Full story
7. How Jefferson Health is promoting nurse safety with a new alert system Full story

8.  High drug costs are pushing patients to abandon medication. Click here to learn what providers can do about it.

9. Teen marijuana vaping soars as drinking, cigarette use falls Full story

10. PrEP lowers HIV anxiety, study finds Full story

11. How this Arkansas health system is reimagining the physician-hospital relationship. Click here to hear from the system's CEO during this live discussion.

12. 29 hospital closures, state by state Full story