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The Phia Group Is Proud to Announce That Ujwal Shrestha and Caitlin Lankston Have Joined Their Team

For Immediate Release


CANTON, MA—The Phia Group continues to reinforce its commitment to offering elite technology and advanced analytics by recently hiring Ujwal Shrestha, VP, Business Analytics and Data Services, and Caitlin Lankston, Senior Data Scientist.

With an impressive track record leading data analysis and data strategy work in the self-funded industry as well as in management consulting firms, Ujwal will expand Phia’s data-driven decision algorithms that optimize business process efficiencies, data identifications and client results. He will serve as a conduit to executive leaders by applying techniques such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and predictive analytics to present data insights in a digestible and actionable format.  As Phia is poised for considerable growth, Ujwal will channel his data analysis skills toward pushing technical boundaries to spur innovation while spearheading analytics geared toward optimizing recovery opportunities.

“The main reason I joined Phia is I wanted to be in a growing company in the healthcare industry,” states Ujwal. “I believe I can help the company make better business decisions that are data-driven, based on the expansive healthcare claims data we have.”

Adds Chief Operating Officer Joe Montalto, “We are delighted to welcome Ujwal to The Phia Group. With his diverse background in the self-funded space and his experience at D2Hawkeye, Inc., Ujwal will be an invaluable resource to our company as we look to take our Data Services Group to the next level. I am very excited to see Ujwal grow into this role and continue to help Phia make a positive impact for our clients.”

As Phia’s Senior Data Scientist, Caitlin, a graduate of the University of Montana, where she received her master’s degree in Statistics, will be engaging in hands-on data analysis work relying heavily on Python and Tableau reporting as a means of optimally aggregating data, streamlining internal processes, and leveraging Predictive Analytics and advanced algorithms. Prior to joining Phia, Caitlin handled case prioritization work for DataSmart Health Solutions.

“Advanced and predictive analytics offer extremely exciting potential at Phia in our recovery efforts allowing us to look at our data in a new prescriptive and proactive way,” says Caitlin. “Until now, Phia relied on strong industry knowledge and robust logic to prioritize case workflow. Predictive analytics, however, leverages machine learning to discover hidden patterns and trends. Identifying these patterns will help Phia find new business opportunities and answer complex questions.”

To learn more about The Phia Group, what it is doing to empower plans, and to learn more about its Provider Relations solutions, please contact Garrick Hunt by email at or by phone at 781-535-5644.

About The Phia Group: The Phia Group, LLC, headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, and with offices in Hartford, Boise, and Louisville, is an experienced provider of health care cost containment techniques offering comprehensive claims recovery, plan document and consulting services designed to control health care costs and protect plan assets.  By providing industry leading consultation, plan drafting, subrogation and other cost containment solutions, The Phia Group is truly Empowering Plans.