For the 18th year in a row, nurses are the most-trusted profession, according to Gallup

Nurses are the most honest and trusted profession in America, according to a new Gallup poll—and Advisory Board's Anne Herleth and Lauren Rewers are not surprised. They outline the best way hospitals can provide nurses the time and support to top the list every year.

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Our take: A new study casts doubt on 'hotspotting'—but don't abandon your program just yet

A program designed to reduce health care spending and improve health care quality among "super-utilizers" did not result in lower hospital costs or fewer readmissions, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Advisory Board's Solomon Banjo and Darby Sullivan share why the study doesn't mean hospitals should "slash and burn" current programs based on the approach.

Major drugstores file lawsuit against doctors, saying they bear responsibility for the opioid epidemic

On Monday, six major drugstore chains—including CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens—filed a lawsuit in the ongoing opioid litigation arguing that physicians and other health care practitioners who write opioid prescriptions should be held liable for contributing to the opioid epidemic, not the pharmacists.

Do you really need 8 glasses of water a day? Here's what experts say.

While many people have made New Year's resolutions to drink more water, research suggests the recent emphasis on water as a "cure all" is overblown, Catherine LeClair writes for the New York Times.

Weekend reads: Just how important is flossing, anyway?

The science behind that daily flossing recommendation, what this "new" waffle maker sold on Amazon teaches us about buying products online, and more.

A mysterious illness has struck 59 people in China. Now, experts may have found the cause.

A mysterious pneumonia had sickened at least 59 people in the Chinese city of Wuhan as of Sunday, and now Chinese researchers say a new coronavirus could be the cause.

Weekly line: 3 ways states could become health policy battlegrounds in 2020

While it often seems like the nation's biggest health care debates happen on the federal level, states often serve as testing grounds for innovative policy ideas—and we can expect that to continue in 2020. Here are three key ways states could help to transform health care this year.

Trump admin's 'public charge' rule cannot take effect—at least not yet

A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to lift a lower court's nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its so-called "public charge" rule, which would allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

Around the nation: Appeals court dismisses lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the lawsuit after Kentucky's recently-elected governor, Andy Beshear (D), withdrew the state's Medicaid waiver to implement the work requirements, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Kentucky, and New York.