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.