Former CMS Administrator Don Berwick joins think tank; Too many applicants delay Health Care Innovation Challenge funding;

> After New York suspended its lab in February and a court-appointed trustee took charge this month, bankrupt Peninsula Hospital will not reopen, reported Crain's New York Business. The trustee is looking into using the closed hospital for other healthcare uses, such as turning it into an urgent care center. Article

> New research published online by the New England Journal of Medicine shows that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, according to the Associated Press. Article     

> Catholic Health Initiatives agreed to exclusive negotiations to divest St. Joseph Medical Center to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), reported The Baltimore Sun. The deal with UMMS will uphold St. Joseph's Catholic identity and religious heritage. Article

> Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick is joining the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Blog post

> CMS is delaying funding to the Health Care Innovation Challenge because of the high volume of applications, the agency announced yesterday. CMS has received about 3,000 applications. Statement

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