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HIMSS Meaningful Use Fact Sheet
Published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Sept. 2014
As of the beginning of 2014, all EPs and EHs seeking to become “Meaningful Users” under the CMS EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use) are required to select and report on clinical quality measures (CQMs) from the menu sets adopted in the Stage 2 Final Rule and published on the CMS eCQM Library.

4 Ways to Improve Patient Throughput in the ED
Published by Becker’s Hospital Review, May 2013
One of the biggest challenges in a busy ED is moving patients in and out as quickly as possible; inefficient patient throughput not only leads to fewer patients getting the care they need, but also results in a loss of revenue for the organization.

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Fact Sheet
Published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Date Unavailable
The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative that rewards acute-care hospitals with incentive payments for the quality of care they provide to people with Medicare.

The Joint Commission R3 Report: Patient Flow Through the Emergency Department (Issue 4)
Published by The Joint Commission, Dec. 2012
Published for Joint Commission accredited organizations and interested health care professionals, R3 Report provides the rationale and references that The Joint Commission employs in the development of new requirements.

Federal Cloud Computing Strategy
Published by the U.S. Department of Defense, July 2012
The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy characterizes cloud computing as a: “…profound economic and technical shift (with) great potential to reduce the cost of federal Information Technology (IT) systems while … improving IT capabilities and stimulating innovation in IT solutions.”

Patient Throughput: A Critical Strategy for Success (White Paper)
Published by The Chartis Group, Fall 2007
In a hospital environment characterized by increasing patient demand, constrained physical resources and a rising cost of capital, optimizing inpatient throughput (the cycling of patients through a hospital’s physical resource base) is an essential operations management strategy.