Health Policy and Strategy

As new models of payment and healthcare delivery rapidly emerge, we must increasingly align efforts across the hospital, physician group, community health centers, and the 7 health sciences colleges to ensure that our patients receive comprehensive, coordinated care. We also must have a solid grasp on how the Affordable Care Act and changes to Medicare and Medicaid affect what we do every day and what we should be preparing to do in the future.

The Health Policy and Strategy section of the VCHA office was created to provide policy expertise, programmatic leadership, coordination, and support for initiatives that have two defining features: 1) they stem from policy changes and government activity at the state and federal levels, and 2) they involve multiple units of the UI Health enterprise that must work together to achieve goals.

Below are some highlights of what we do. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us to discuss any of these projects further.

  • Medicaid policy
  • Medicare policy
  • UI Health Plus
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Innovation grants and contracts
  • Government relations: Serve as liaisons between the university’s Office of Government Relations and UI Health, including helping assess the likely impact of policy changes, identify positions on legislation, and communicate directly with elected officials in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, DC to advance our healthcare priorities. Office contact: Amy Sagen.
  • Telemedicine: Provide leadership and coordination on UI Health efforts to support the strategic expansion of telemedicine services. Office contact: Anna Wojcik.
  • Employee healthcare initiative: Co-lead group to define and implement strategies for encouraging UIC employees to receive their healthcare at UI Health locations. Office contact: Amy Sagen.
Amy Sagen, Assistant Director, Health Policy and Strategy

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Amy Sagen is the Assistant Director, Health Policy and Strategy for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health).  Her role is to monitor federal, state, and local health policy changes, analyze and communicate to internal and external audiences their potential impacts, and provide strategic guidance for UI Health leadership. She also provides programmatic leadership for initiatives related to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Her current areas of focus include: payment and delivery system reform, workforce, Medicaid managed care and health system operations. Prior to her role at UI Health, Ms. Sagen served as a Health Policy Analyst to Governor Pat Quinn, and provided policy expertise on long-term care rebalancing, behavioral health, the ACA, Medicaid reform and public health.  She was appointed to the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board in January 2015, and developed recommendations and strategies related to reimbursement and certification options for community health workers in Illinois.

Ms. Sagen received her BA in Political Science from Marquette University, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Ms. Sagen can be reached at 312.355.5710 or amys@uic.edu.

Anna Wojcik, Strategic Project Manager

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Anna Wojcik is the Strategic Project Manager for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). She provides comprehensive project management and guidance in the planning, development, and implementation of strategic health system initiatives. Her current areas of focus are related to value-based payment/population health models, quality improvement and practice transformation, Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance enrollment, and community engagement. Ms. Wojcik received her MPH in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health and her BA in biology from Yale University.

Ms. Wojcik can be reached at 312.413.6024 or awojci7@uic.edu