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As hospitalists become increasingly central to the clinical, financial and operational success of their facilities, hospital management must think through their expectations for their hospitalist service in order to promote alignment with the goals and mission of their hospital. This is equally important whether the hospital employs its own hospitalist practice (either directly or indirectly through a foundation) or chooses to outsource to an independent practice. Amidst the search for the model of employment for their hospitalists, many hospitals continue to reach the conclusion that alignment with an outsourced hospitalist group is more economical, more flexible and easier to work with than with an employed group. Team-oriented and interdisciplinary by nature, a good outsourced hospitalist practice will measure its success by how effectively it is able to meet the goals and objectives of the hospital.