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> Michigan hospital regulators have re-affirmed rules which require hospitals to perform at least 300 open-heart surgeries a year to maintain their programs. Article

> The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill which would require health plans to offer equivalent coverage for mental and physical illnesses when policies cover both. Article

> The state of Minnesota is backing an effort to build a state-wide health information exchange. FierceHealthIT

> Texas medical malpractice insurer Medical Protective is cutting rates an average of 7.3 percent, the fifth reduction in the last three years since tort reform passed there. Article

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