Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, RN, FAAN


Associate Dean for Innovation and Partnerships, Associate Professor

John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow

E-mail: popejoyl@missouri.edu
Phone: 573.884.9538

S420 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Temporary Physical Office Address
115 Business Loop 70W
Mizzou North, Room 421-A
Columbia, MO 65211


Program of Research

My program of research focuses on understanding the complex issues that surround the provision of care to elders in hospitals, nursing homes, community settings and primary care. The concept of Aging in Place as been pivotal to my research in terms of studying the impact of care coordination with and without the use of technology in identifying early illness and change in condition to support older adults’ independence in the home of their choice. I have played key roles in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Centers grants serving as a co-director/co-lead/co-investigator in three funded initiatives. The Leveraging Information Technology to Guide High Touch, High Tech Care and Phase 1 of the Missouri Quality Initiative (MOQI) were testing interventions to improve care coordination outcomes in primary and long term care. Phase 2 of the Missouri Quality Initiative tested nursing home health system change plus payment reform compared to payment reform alone. Additionally, my research teams have successfully translated the Re-engineered Discharge (RED) program developed for acute care to the short stay skilled nursing facility.  We have developed an ontology to quantify the work of nurse care coordinators. I am currently working with colleagues in the Sinclair School of Nursing and our partners to translate successful innovation into business models including the Missouri Quality Initiative and Aging in Place. 

Selected Grants, Honors and Awards
  • Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI)-Payment Reform (1E1CMS331489), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, Co-Investigator/Co-Lead (Rantz, PI); 3/21/16-10/23/20, $19.8 million
  • Missouri Quality Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents (1E1CMS331080),  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,  Co-Investigator/Co-Lead (Rantz, PI); 6/14/2012-9/30/16, $14.8 million
  • Leveraging Information Technology to Guide High Tech High Touch Care (1C1CMS331001-01-00), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Co-Investigator/Co-Director (Rantz, PI), 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015, $13.2 million
  • Building Patient Centered Outcomes Research: Care Transitions, Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (R24, 1R24HS022140-01A, Mehr, PI), Core Study, SNF to Home: Reengineering SNF Discharge (00041091, Popejoy, PI), 9/30/2013- 8/31/17, $587,095.
  • Care coordination for older adults: Process, outcomes, cost, National Institute of Nursing Research (R15NR012940), Principal Investigator, 8/17/2011-7/31/2014, $450,661
  • Best Paper, Patient Centered Care Coordination Section, Quantifying Care Coordination Using Natural Language Processing and Domain Specific Ontology, International Medical Informatics Association, August 2015.
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, October 2014
Selected Publications
  • Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., Boren, W., Martin, N., Kist, S., Rantz, M. Miller, S. (2020, e-press ahead of print). A coordinated response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Missouri. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. (Accepted May 30, 2020).
  • Popejoy, L.L, Vogelsmeier, A.A., Alexander, G.A., Galambos, C.M., Flesner, M., Lueckenotte, A., Crecelius, C., Ge, B., & Rantz, M. (2019). Analysis of potentially avoidable hospitalizations using INTERACT Acute Care Transfer Tools:  Lessons from MOQI.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66, 1953-1959.
  • Popejoy, L. L., Wakefield, B., Vogelsmeier, A., Galambos, C., Lewis, A., Huenke, D., Mehr, D. (2019).  Reengineering skilled nursing facility discharge: Analysis of implementation strategies using Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR).  Journal of Nursing Care Quality. May 27, 2019 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – pdoi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000413
  • Popejoy, L.L., Vogelsmeier, A., Wakefield, B.J., Galambos, C., Lewis, A. Huneke, D., & Mehr, D. (2018). Adapting Project RED (Reengineered Discharge) to Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Clinical Nursing Research. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1054773818819261
  • Popejoy, L.L., Stetzer, F., Hicks, L., Rantz, M.J, Galambos, C., Popescu, M., Khalilia, M.A. & Marek, K.D. (2015).  Comparing Aging in Place to Home Health Care: Impact of Nurse Care Coordination on Utilization and Costs. Nursing Economics, 33(6), 306-313.
  • Popejoy, L., Jaddoo, J., Sherman, J., Howk, C., Nguyen, R., & Parker, J. (2015). Monitoring Resource Utilization in a Healthcare Coordination Program. Professional Case Management, 20 (6), 310-320.
  • Popejoy, L.L., Khalilia, M., Popescu, M., Galambos, C., Lyons, V., Rantz, M., Hicks, L., & Stetzer, F. (2015). Quantifying Care Coordination Dose using Natural Language Processing and Domain Specific Ontology Corresponding. Journal of American Informatics Association, 22, e93–e103. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002702, Research and Applications
  • Rantz, M.J., Popejoy, L.L., Galambos, C., Phillips, L.J., Lane, K.R., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L., Musterman, K., Back, J., Miller, S.J., & Ge, B. (2014). The continued success of registered nurse care coordination in a state evaluation of aging in place in senior housing. Nursing Outlook, 62(4), 237-246.
  • Marek, K.D., Stetzer, F., Adams, S.J., Popejoy, L., Rantz, M. (2012). The effect of the aging in place program on costs to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5(12),123-129.
  • Popejoy, L.L, Galambos, C., Moylan, K, Madsen, R. Challenges of Hospital Discharge Planning for Rural and Urban Older Adults. (2012). Clinical Nursing Research, 21(4), 431-449. doi:10.1177/1054773812436373.
Complete list of published work in MyBibliography Here