WV patients to sue docs who got them hooked on painkillers; Family physicians becoming more connected; and much more

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> West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the nation. In a drastic move to help curb the epidemic, the state is allowing patients to sue the doctors who got them hooked, CBS News reports. Article

> Now that the presidential debates are heating up, managers should be mindful not to discuss political views with their employees, according to a post from the Society for Human Resource Management. Post

> Patients are raving about the ability to get virtual care from their family physicians, according to the Deseret News. Article

Health IT News

> The blanket hardship exemption for reporting year 2015 recently signed into law by President Barack Obama indicates that the Meaningful Use program has "probably passed the end of its productive life," according to a blog post from Dan Haley, senior vice president and general counsel of EHR vendor athenahealth. Article

> The Massachusetts eHealth Institute has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to behavioral health providers in Massachusetts to advance their use of health IT. Article

And Finally… Winter is a state of mind. Article