The adoption of hospitalist programs is one of a number of proven methods to improve patient flow. Hospitals & Health Networks has a good overview on things to consider when contemplating the use of hospitalists. Here's an excerpt:
Some of the most common needs regarding service include:
- Managing admissions on behalf of the physicians, which improves their lifestyle and allows them to focus on outpatient volume.
- Providing prompt, attending physician services to patients without
regular physicians and often without insurance or financial resources.
- Providing on-site, 24/7 physician coverage to hospitalized patients.
Some of the most common needs regarding care management include:
- Efficient use of resources, resulting in a decreased cost per case.
- Improved patient satisfaction due to increased physician presence.
- Improved quality of care due to the physician's increased familiarity with hospital procedures and processes.
- Improved compliance with order sets and standards of care.
- Improved throughput, better capacity management and decreased length of stay.
- Improved ED performance due to facilitated admission procedures.