Yisrael Mordecai Safeek

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Yisrael Safeek
Yisrael Safeek.jpg
Residence Lexington, Kentucky
Nationality United States
Alma mater Austin Peay State University (BS)
East Tennessee State University (MD)
Vanderbilt University (Anesthesiology)
University of Tennessee (MBA)
Occupation Executive, Physician, Author, Software Developer
Employer The SafeCare Group
Title Chairman & CEO, 2010
Website safecaregroup.com

Yisrael Safeek (Listeni/ˈsɑːfɛk ˈɪzrəl/) is an American physician, author, and healthcare software company executive.[1][2] For the past 25 years, Safeek occupied a wide spectrum of roles within the US healthcare system - doctor, medical director, hospital co-owner, Joint Commission surveyor, Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners, health system Chief Medical Officer, book author, speaker, and software developer.[3] Safeek made the short list for United States Undersecretary of Health. [4] In 2010, he founded The SafeCare Group, a firm with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky with the motto of "we innovate software, analyze data, and publish outcomes".[5] Before founding The SafeCare Group, Safeek served in the dual roles as system Chief Quality Officer of Covenant Health System (at the time consisting of 18 leased and owned hospitals) and at the time the largest health system between Dallas and Los Angeles, and first Chief Medical Officer of (at the time) the second largest clinical integration program in the US,[6] Health Partners.[7] As Covenant, Safeek accelerated the implementation of advanced clinical technologies, facilitated the adoption of evidence-based medicine,and reduced the overuse and misuse of clinical resources. The network aligned hundreds of independent physicians with the health system's goals and yielded tangible outcomes in patient safety, quality, and efficiency of care. Between 2005 and 2014, Safeek was associated with The Joint Commission holding certifications in the Hospital Accreditation Program (2005–2014), and the Outpatient-Based Surgery Program (2009–2014). In 2007, he was the first Kentucky physician appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program.[8] Safeek is a diplomate Certified Physician Executive[9] from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management,[10][11] the American Board of Medical Specialties in Anesthesiology,[12] and the National Board of Medical Examiners.He is a Vanguard Advisory Member[13] of the American Association for Physician Leadership.[14] and Fellow .,[15][16] the “highest honor awarded to physician leaders who have made significant contributions in improving the delivery and outcomes in medicine."[17]


Early life and education[edit]

Safeek was born in South America, the eldest child of Nazmoon Safeek and Reverend Mark B. Safeek. [18] He attended Austin Peay State University graduating in two and a half years with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring with a double major in biology and chemistry. He attended the Quillen School of Medicine at East Tennessee State University graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree. .[19] After a general surgery internship, he completed his anesthesiology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Later, Safeek completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA program.[20]

Medical career[edit]

After medical training, Safeek became medical director at Cleveland Community Hospital while he established an independent anesthesia medical practice. Safeek implemented various patient safety and lean initiatives in various operating rooms like Crew Resource Management resulting in safer anesthesia care. He proactively instituted several steps to prevent awareness under anesthesia while serving as Pikeville Medical Center’s Vice President of Clinical Affairs.[21] In the early 1990s, Safeek was a shareholder in Cleveland Community Hospital, and CEO of medical practices and medical director of hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky.[22] He later served as CEO of a billing and collections company and was actively involved in revenue cycle management.

Business career[edit]

Having been a medical director for his entire medical career, in 2007, Safeek transitioned from the clinical arena to the business sector after obtaining his Master of Business Administration. In 2010, Safeek founded the SafeCare Group,[23] a firm with subsidiaries including SafeCare Analytics that innovates software [24][25] Other SafeCare Group subsidiaries analyze data to annually produce "100 SafeCare Hospitals" ratings,[26] and publish SafeCare Magazine, "Delivering information on the people, ideas and novel technologies affecting safe and quality healthcare to healthcare's most influential leaders".[27] The SafeCare Group developed and markets the comprehensive PULSE ℠ software for Clinical Integration and OPPE Readiness App (OPPERA℠)[28] for OPPE and FPPE regulatory compliance.[29]

The SafeCare Group Chairman[edit]

SafeCare Analytics® Saas-based Joint Commission OPPE[edit]

External video
You may watch OPPE Readiness App for Joint Commission OPPE and FPPE compliance, here

Safeek supervised the software architect and design team at SafeCare Analytics, a subsidiary of The SafeCare Group, to produce the EMR-based OPPE Readiness App (OPPERA℠) for Joint Commission OPPE and FPPE compliance.[30][31] OPPERA℠ is a specialty-specific credentialing tool centered around the six core competencies. It consists of a care management module, an incident management module, and an educational management module for 54 medical specialties and allied health.

SafeCare Analytics® SaaS-based for CMS Reimbursement Programs[edit]

Safeek supervised the software architect and design team [32] at SafeCare Analytics to produce EMR-based analytical Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based applications using SafeCare's proprietary technology to identify conditions that contribute to poor CMS reimbursement programs result.[33] These include analytical software applications for CMS Hospital Value Based Purchasing,[34] Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program,[35] and Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program.[36]

SafeCare Analytics® SaaS-based DNVGL Quality[edit]

Safeek also supervised the engineered SaaS applications for DNV Hospital Quality Management System.[37]

SafeCare Magazine®[edit]

Out of the need to educate hospital leaders – CEOs and boards - on topics that are important for safe patient care, Safeek created SafeCare magazine, "Delivering information on the people, ideas and novel technologies affecting safe and quality healthcare to healthcare's most influential leaders."[38] SafeCare Person of the Year is an annual issue of SafeCare Magazine that recognizes the individual who has contributed significantly toward improving patient safety and healthcare quality across the globe.[39] Previous SafeCare Person of the Year include Joe Kiani, Masimo Corp CEO, and Otto Cars, ReAct Group Sweden, Founder.

100 SafeCare Hospitals®[edit]

Only about two percent of US hospitals earn the prestigious 100 SafeCare Hospitals® distinction, with the top 50 hospitals representing the top one percent of US hospitals.[40] The hospitals are ranked based upon performance with infections, complications, and readmissions.

CAUTI Bundle[edit]

Safeek published a simple, easy-to-remember urinary tract infections open source bundle (CAUTI Bundle)[41] in Physician Executive, the journal of the American College of Physician Executives to prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections. The CAUTI Bundle was later reprinted by Healthcare Financial Management Journal upon request as a tool to decrease unnecessary financial cost from hospital acquired urinary tract infections.[42] The CAUTI Bundle is similar to the bundles for prevention and treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia, sepsis, and central line-related infections from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It consists of five steps: CDC Hand Hygiene, sterile Foley catheter insertion, maintenance of a closed system, perineal care, daily review of catheter need and earliest removal.

I AM FOR SAFETY Surgical Checklist[edit]

Safeek also authored and published an open source safe surgery checklist in Physician Executive Journal based upon his experience as an anesthesiologist overseeing operating rooms in several states. The checklist is a modified version of the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist and includes safety checks required by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Joint Commission. It utilizes the mnemonic I AM FOR SAFETY that documents the sequence of patient safety exercises for caregivers to employ.[43]

The I AM FOR SAFETY checklist incorporated key patient safety exercises designed to be performed during distinctly critical and vulnerable peri-operative time periods for surgical patients:

Sign in: Joint Commission two identifiers, medication allergy and reconciliation, site markings requirements, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) fasting, oxygen, and airway status requirements, transfusion and fluid requirements, and equipment availability before taking the patient into the operative suite.

Time out: Medicare Core Measure SCIP 1a, and Joint Commission Universal Protocol before surgical incision.

Sign out: Yield of final instrument/supply count and specimen tally before closure of the operative wound.

Other Healthcare innovations[edit]

Patient Safety innovations[edit]

Safeek is credited with several other patient safety innovations. These include measures to reduce patient falls in hospitals, mitigate pressure ulcers from becoming a problem, and supporting safe surgeries through a checklist. DON'T SPLAT Fall Prevention Checklist[44] SAFE SKIN Pressure Ulcers Checklist[45]

Efficiency of Care innovations[edit]

BLUE (Better Lean & Utilization Exchange) Huddles[46]

Readiness Early Disposition Plan[edit]

RED (Readiness Early Disposition) Discharge Plan[47] that focuses on utilization management, care facilitation, discharge planning, and clinical integration for safe,timely, and effective hospital discharges.

Joint Commission affiliation[edit]

From 2005-2014, Safeek was intermittently employed by The Joint Commission, holding certifications in the Hospital Accreditation Program (2005–2014), and the Outpatient-Based Surgery Program (2009–2014). Between 2005 - 2014, Safeek participated with JCAHO in patient safety task forces, sentinel event /root cause activity, failure mode and effect analyses, and special cause hospital inspections. As part of hospital inspections, Safeek analyzed care systems for risk-points which impacted CMS deemed status, and communicated adverse decisions to hospital boards, leadership, and medical staffs.

In 2010, Safeek worked with a team at The Joint Commission to develop the Systems Tracer, "Evaluating Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) Processes."[48] This effort culminated in the accrediting body's OPPE and FPPE Booster Pak and is the gold standard for evaluation of credentialing and privileging processes. In 2012, Safeek was interviewed on several occasions for his position regarding the impact of physician credentialing on patient safety.[49] In 2008, Safeek was recognized by The Joint Commission for his work in formulating a new patient flow tracer that addressed capacity and throughput issues in patient care areas.

National presentations[edit]

Safeek addressing the AMP Symposium at Chicago in 2011

Since 2005, Safeek has mentored hospital boards, executive leadership, and medical staffs on quality, patient safety, teamwork initiatives, disruptive behavior, and the OPPE and FPPE.[50] He presented the keynote address for doctors and teamwork.[51]

Safeek has been a vocal advocate for physician leadership to improve healthcare quality, patient safety, and the patient experience.[52][53] Safeek advocated for more physician leaderships in government and leading healthcare organizations.[54] Safeek stated, "the role of medical administrators (Chief Medical Officer) is no longer that of a diplomatic liaison between the medical and the administrative staff. They are now responsible for customer satisfaction, financial performance and clinical results."[55]

Safeek addressing the 32nd Annual FAMSS conference in Orlando in 2013

In 2013, Safeek presented at the Florida Association of Medical Staff Services on OPPE and FPPE. His topics were, "Linking FPPE/OPPE to Privileges" and "Best Practices for FPPE/OPPE."[56][57]

In 2012, he was featured by the American College of Physician Executives Knowledge Worth Sharing Series for his video teleconference of "Credentialing and Privileging: A Prescription for Accountable Care". Safeek highlighted how passage of national health care legislation created a need for better credentialing of physicians to participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), citing the "patient safety vacuum".[58][59][60]

In 2012, Safeek was also interviewed regarding the current state of OPPE and FPPE across the nation, highlighting the struggles for healthcare organizations.[61]

External video
You may watch Yisrael Mordecai Safeek discussing Accountable Care in Chicago, here
Safeek addressing the 15th AHAP at Lake Buena Vista in 2012

In 2012, Safeek was the keynote speaker at The 15th Annual Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals Symposium[62] focusing on "Accountable Credentialing and Privileging: Adopting Strategies for Better Health, Better Care, and Better Value."[63] In 2012, Safeek was also the featured speaker at the 6th Annual Credentialing Resource Center Symposium focusing on "Preparing for The Joint Commission's OPPE and FPPE Systems Tracer".[64][65]

Between 2010 and 2011, he served on the Advocacy and Patient Safety task forces[66] of the American College of Physician Executives. At the AMP Symposium in 2011 in Chicago, he presented the importance of physician leadership in attaining the Triple Aims of Accountable Care.[67]

Safeek participated in the featured webcast: Assessing the competence of low- and no-volume practitioners[68][69] In 2011, Safeek was the featured speaker at Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners Physician Leadership Academy, discussing strategic solutions to the OPPE and FPPE.[70]

In 2009, Safeek represented Covenant Health System in a Texas statewide executive panel with diverse politicians and executives on healthcare reform.[71][72] Safeek was recognized as 2007 Outstanding Physician Leader of the Year.[73][74] Safeek left Covenant Health System to found The SafeCare Group to enhance quality, patient safety, and efficiency to national healthcare.

Selected publications[edit]


Book cover

Safeek is the author of the book Credentialing and Privileging for Accountable Care: A Prescription for the Ailing Stethoscope and the Dull Scalpel, published through the American College of Physician Executives.[75][76] The reviews for the book were positive.[77][78][79] There were book signings in Chicago at the Summer Institute of the American College of Physician Executives.[80][81]

  • Credentialing and Privileging for Accountable Care: A Prescription for the Ailing Stethoscope and the Dull Scalpel, American College of Physician Executives. April 2012 ISBN 978-0-98254-825-7


Safeek has spoken and written on the impact of the Core Measures, National Patient Safety Goals, and IHI bundles to enhance patient safety, and decrease preventable deaths. There are also several publications on healthcare efficiency dealing with decreased lengths of stay and improved discharges. Safeek is published in such prestigious journals as "Physician Executive Journal" and "Healthcare Financial Management Association".[82][83]

  • [1] A Hospital Length of Stay Reduction Strategy, September–October 2010[84]
  • [2] Protocols,Prompters,Bundles,Checklists,and Triggers, August 2010[85]
  • [3] A Preventable Mortality Reduction Strategy, March–April 2010[86]
  • [4] No Outcomes, No Incomes, July–August 2009[87]
  • [5] The Expanding Roles of the Chief Medical Officer, July–August 2008[88]


  1. ^ SafeCare Analytics
  2. ^ SafeCare Group CEO
  3. ^ Yisrael Safeek
  4. ^ Undersecretary of Health
  5. ^ The SafeCare Group
  6. ^ Chief Medical Officer
  7. ^ Health Partners
  8. ^ Paynter, Teddy. "Safeek Named To Board". Medical Leader. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  9. ^ Board Certified Physician Executive
  10. ^ Certified Physician Executive
  11. ^ ACPE welcomes new physician executives
  12. ^ Board Certified Anesthesiologist
  13. ^ "Vanguard Member" (PDF). Physician Executive Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  14. ^ Diplomate
  15. ^ of Fellows
  16. ^ "New Fellows" (PDF). Physician Executive Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  17. ^ Fellows honored in San Antonio
  18. ^ Undersecretary of Health
  19. ^ Texas Medical Board
  20. ^ 2007 Physician Executive MBA
  21. ^ Vice President of Clinical Affairs
  22. ^ CEO, Anesthesia Practices
  23. ^ Our History
  24. ^ SafeCare Analytics
  25. ^ Baylor Online Newsroom
  26. ^ 100 SafeCare Hospitals
  27. ^ SafeCare Magazine
  28. ^ OPPE Readiness App
  29. ^ OPPE Readiness App
  30. ^ OPPE Software Developer
  31. ^ OPPE Readiness App
  32. ^ SafeCare Software Architect
  33. ^ SafeCare Software Solutions
  34. ^ HVBP software
  35. ^ HRRP software
  36. ^ HACRP software
  37. ^ DNV Accreditation Software
  38. ^ SafeCare Magazine
  39. ^ SafeCare Person of the Year
  40. ^ 100 SafeCare Hospitals
  41. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "Safeek UTI Bundle" (PDF). American College of Physician Executives. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  42. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "UTI Bundle". Healthcare Financial Management. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  43. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "I AM FOR SAFETY checklist". Healthcare Financial Management. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  44. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "DON'T SPLAT Falls checklist". Healthcare Financial Management. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  45. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "SAFE SKIN pressure ulcers checklist" (PDF). Physician Executive Journal. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  46. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "BLUE (Better Lean & Utilization Exchange) Huddles". Physician Executive Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  47. ^ Safeek, Yisrael. "RED (Readiness Early Disposition) Discharge Plan" (PDF). Physician Executive Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  48. ^ Linking OPPE to Privileges
  49. ^ Safeek Press Clip
  50. ^ Accreditation or Certification and The Joint Commission
  51. ^ Doctors and Teamwork
  52. ^ Physicians & Policy Decisions
  53. ^ Seminar Faculty
  54. ^ Physician Leadership Advocate
  55. ^ Role of Medical Administrators
  56. ^ Best Practices for FPPE/OPPE
  57. ^ Linking Privileges to OPPE
  58. ^ A Prescription for Accountable Care
  59. ^ Leadership on Physician Credentialing
  60. ^ Leadership on Physician Credentialing
  61. ^ Safeek on Current State of OPPE and FPPE
  62. ^ 15th Annual Credentialing Resource Center Symposium
  63. ^ Accountable Care Speaker
  64. ^ Keynote Speaker
  65. ^ Speakers
  66. ^ ACPE Task Forces
  67. ^ Physician Leadership
  68. ^ Solving-the-low-and-no-volume-issue
  69. ^ Low- and No-volume Practitioners Webinar
  70. ^ Physician Leadership Academy
  71. ^ Clashing Paradigms: A New America?
  72. ^ Dr. Safeek of Covenant Health System
  73. ^ "Yisrael M. Safeek". Physician Executive. 2008. 
  74. ^ Members on the Move
  75. ^ Amazon
  76. ^ Barnes and Noble
  77. ^ A Must Read
  78. ^ Solid Credentialing Book
  79. ^ Book Review
  80. ^ Book Signing
  81. ^ Safeek Book Signing
  82. ^ Fromberg, Robert (2010). "Attacks from all sides". Healthcare Financial Management. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  83. ^ hfm Magazine: August 2010?
  84. ^ Safeek, Yisrael; Padaco, Gina (2010-09-04). "A Hospital Length of Stay Reduction Strategy". Physician Executive Journal. 36: 34–8, 40–1. PMID 20860289. 
  85. ^ Safeek, Yisrael (2010-03-24). "Protocols,Prompters,Bundles,Checklists,and Triggers". Healthcare Financial Management. 
  86. ^ Safeek, Yisrael; May, Pam (2010-03-24). "A Preventable Mortality Reduction Strategy". Physician Executive Journal. 64: 70–5. PMID 20707264. 
  87. ^ Safeek, Yisrael; Safeek, Abraham (2009-07-18). "No Outcomes, No Incomes". Physician Executive Journal. 35: 30–4. PMID 19711678. 
  88. ^ Safeek, Yisrael (2008-07-17). "The Expanding Roles of the Chief Medical Officer". Physician Executive Journal. 34: 18–22. PMID 18816961. 

External links[edit]

  • [6] Dr. Safeek's Blog
  • [7] Biographical
  • [8] Credentialing & Privileging for Accountable Care
  • [9] Credentialing & Privileging for Accountable Care
  • [10] Credentialing & Privileging for Accountable Care
  • [11] Outstanding Physician Leader of the Year
  • [12] Expanding Roles of the CMO
  • [13] No Outcomes, No Incomes
  • [14] A Preventable Mortality Reduction Strategy
  • [15] A Length of Stay Reduction Strategy
  • [16] Texas Annual Health Symposium
  • [17] Clashing Paradigms: A New America – Health Care Reform
  • [18] Accountable Care Organization
  • [19] Assignable Causes