Case Studies Health Care Underwriting Program Design

PAG helps medical-services client build $50M patient loan program in under a year

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Predictive Analytics Group (PAG) was engaged in May 2021 by a U.S. medical-services group that provides outpatient plastic surgery, dental cosmetic surgery, and vision surgery (including Lasik). Our client wanted to offer term loans to help its customers finance these services. The client faced several challenges — multiple legacy systems whose data did not talk to each other, no data infrastructure, and little to no reporting or analytics. PAG was asked to quickly resolve this problem on a fixed monthly budget to help the client move in a more structured, data-driven manner.

PAG Solution:

PAG leveraged our internal Enterprise Data Platform, GOBLIN, to help consolidate data housed within five different systems. GOBLIN, which was built by experienced team members from the healthcare industry, is HIPPA compliant and was able to merge all five data streams into a relational database infrastructure, allowing both the client and PAG to access the full suite of data the client had acquired over the years.

Next, after passing a HIPPA audit, PAG built a robust underwriting model to help the client offer term loans to customers while managing risk and line/term assignments to help patients finance their medical expenses.

Finally, PAG built a comprehensive set of performance and monitoring reports that enable the client to manage the portfolio’s risk through monthly Corporate Risk and Pricing Committee meetings. PAG has served as an advisor on these calls for the past 12 months to help the client make informed decisions on managing its growing portfolio.

Client Benefits:

1. PAG consolidated five data streams into an easy-to-navigate, relational database used by both the client and PAG.
2. PAG helped the client pass an internal and external HIPPA audit for data privacy and information security.
3. The underwriting model exceeded Year 1 growth targets by 8% while simultaneously coming under projected losses by 5%.
4. PAG built the infrastructure for the program in less than 90 days and helped build the portfolio to $50 million in under 12 months.
5. The client has, with PAG’s assistance, hired a five-person risk department and used our initial reports to monitor the portfolio’s performance and make recommendations to senior management.

Client Satisfaction:

The client has re-engaged PAG to provide a PAG subject-matter expert for its Corporate Risk and Pricing Committee to help guide account-management strategies while ensuring that what is learned is passed back to the Underwriting team. These wins are seen in the initial book of business for future portfolio bookings.


Student Internships Are Just One Way PAG Offers Bright Career Paths

This excerpt is part of an article that included internships at the Gene Editing Institute and Chemours Discovery Lab. It was written by Tracey Bryant and Karen Roberts and published on UD Daily on June 14, 2022. You can read the full article here.

UD’s STAR Campus shines as a place for student internships

The University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus is sparking joint research projects between UD and a number of companies that reside on the 272-acre site where a Chrysler auto assembly plant once stood. Clean energy, biopharmaceuticals, sustainable materials, and financial technology (fintech) are just a few areas being explored.

And that’s not all. Alongside these collaborations, student internship programs are taking shape. And that’s a big win for both the University and its students, and for companies struggling to recruit top talent in a still-hot hiring market.

“This is the toughest hiring market I’ve seen,” said David LaRoche, managing partner for U.S. operations at Predictive Analytics Group. The company is headquartered in the 10-story Tower at STAR, which USA Today highlighted in a 2019 roundup of “amazing” university and college buildings.

“But the University of Delaware is a great recruiting pool for us,” LaRoche said. “We know students come out of UD prepared, with a certain skill set and mentality to do the job.”

Business analytics on the rise at Predictive Analytics Group

Predictive Analytics Group (PAG) analyzes data in complex ways and breaks it down into easy-to-understand formats to identify key business trends and provide recommendations to improve their clients’ businesses.

A proud Blue Hen, LaRoche is a co-owner of the company with CEO Stephen Hoops and Chief Data Analytics Officer Dee Ridgeway. All three are former classmates and graduates of the Class of 1998 in UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. The company employs 25 people, and 40% are UD graduates, LaRoche said.

“By working with student interns 10 to 12 hours a week for a year or more, almost in a part-time employee model, we get to assess their strengths and opportunities,” LaRoche said. “But their UD education comes first. That is the priority.”

Predictive Analytics Group student internships
David LaRoche (left), managing partner at Predictive Analytics Group and a University of Delaware alumnus, works with Carson Furci, who graduated with his degree in entrepreneurship from UD this past May. Furci did a student internship with the company and is now employed there full-time as a marketing/business analyst.
David LaRoche (left), managing partner at Predictive Analytics Group and a University of Delaware alumnus, works with Carson Furci, who graduated with his degree in entrepreneurship from UD this past May. Furci did a student internship with the company and is now employed there full-time as a marketing/business analyst.

Carson Furci interned with the company over the past year and a half, working on projects ranging from developing the company website to learning the Structured Query Language (SQL) used in database management. He graduated from UD in May with his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and in mid-June started working full-time at the company as a marketing/business analyst.

“There’s a lot of opportunity here, and I already feel like I’m a member of the family,” said Furci, who is from Yorktown Heights, New York. “My boss has over 25 years of experience, and my goal is to just do the best I can and to learn as much as I can. Ever since I started working for my dad in seventh grade, I’ve always enjoyed putting in the work, growing, learning and becoming proficient at something.”

In addition to offering a student internship program, PAG’s leadership team mentors students in the Horn Entrepreneurship Program, which has been ranked again among the best in the nation. The company also recently established an endowed scholarship in business analytics for UD students.