Senior health policy and health services researcher
- BA, Philosophy and Psychology, Assumption College
- MA, Sociology, Georgia State University
- PhD, Sociology, Georgia State University
Michael Lepore’s research seeks to advance understanding of and improvement in the quality of long-term care services, especially services for older people residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other residential care settings in the United States and internationally. He leads and collaborates on a wide range of research—including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies—including the development and implementation of quality measures and quality reporting programs, the improvement and diffusion of specialized services for people with dementia and their caregivers, and the analysis of federal and state Medicaid policies influencing access to and use of home- and community-based services.
Currently, Dr. Lepore is helping launch the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ skilled nursing facility quality reporting program and providing expert technical guidance on dementia care to the Administration for Community Living and its state and community-based grantees who are implementing programs to improve their dementia capability. For the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, he recently served as the senior advisor for a technical expert panel on unlicensed care homes, and he recently led primary data collection for a National Center of Health Statistics’ study of gaps in available data on long-term care. A skilled interviewer and communicator, he interacts with health care consumers, employees, and caregivers, and helps turn our research findings into practice.
Dr. Lepore joined RTI in 2014. Previously, he served as director of quality, research, and evaluation at Planetree, a nonprofit organization focused on the cultural transformation of healthcare organizations, where he supported implementation of patient-centered care across North America and in Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts research with Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, where he is an adjunct faculty and completed a postdoctoral fellowship on health services research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.