Ebola outbreak may infect as many as 20,000 people; Parkland Memorial Hospital cited for safety violation again;

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> The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, and warned that an international effort to stop the spread of the virus could cost almost half a million dollars. Report (.pdf)

> Federal authorities determined that staff at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas endangered a patient in their care, the third time the hospital was cited for safety issues since promising to reform its psychiatric services, SFGate reports. Article

Health Finance News

>  Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC. Article

>  Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient. Article

Payer News

> Insurers have a bone to pick with certain New Jersey hospitals. Bayonne Medical Center, in particular, is reaping the benefits of the state's regulation that restricts balance billing, according to Healthcare Drive. Article

And finally…A skull-brained idea. Article