All consumers are entitled by law to receive an annual copy of their medical report file kept by Milliman, Inc. Under an order from the Federal Trade Commission in 2008, Milliman, Inc. and all healthcare and insurance companies that utilize the IntelliScript prescription profiling technology, agreed to abide by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Milliman, Inc. prescription profiling technology product IntelliScript is a service that enables underwriters to access prescription medical records through the Internet. Consumers should be aware that IntelliScript is a data aggregation service that provides individual medical profiles, including, but not limited to, prescription drug purchase histories of insurance applicants, to health and life insurance companies.
The medical profile generated by IntelliScript includes, but is not limited to: all prescription drugs, including dosage and number of refills filled by the insurance applicant for the previous five years. It also includes, for each drug, the name and address of the dispensing pharmacy, as well as the name and address of the prescribing doctor, including medical specialty. The medical profile generated by IntelliScript analyzes the individual’s prescription drug history and provides a “map” of the risk levels associated with each drug, based on information provided by the insurer.” (Source, FTC complaint, February 2008).
The two options for obtaining an annual copy of your medical report file directly from Milliman Inc. are:
- CALL – To obtain a copy of your consumer medical report file, U.S. residents may call Milliman Inc. by telephone at 1-877-211-4816. Please be prepared to provide the following information: Full Name (please spell your name if you’re leaving a message); Mailing Address; Date of Birth; Last four digits of your Social Security Number; Name of Insurance Company to which you Applied for Insurance.
- MAIL – U.S. residents can request a copy by writing to Milliman, Inc. at the following address: “Milliman, Inc. IntelliScript, 15800 Bluemound Road, Suite 400, Brookfield, WI 53005.”
How does the IntelliScript prescription profiling technology work? Milliman, Inc. creates the profiles by acquiring extensive databases of prescription drug histories kept by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which help insurers process drug claims. When an insurer makes an online query about an applicant, Milliman’s servers scour the data and within minutes or less return reports to a central server at the company. The Milliman server aggregates the information going back as far as five years, including the drugs and dosages prescribed, dates filled and refilled, the therapeutic class and the name and address of the prescribing doctor.
Then comes the analysis. Milliman Inc.’s IntelliScript codes pharmaceutical drugs for classification, for instance red, yellow or green, according to the insurer’s instructions, with red signaling the greatest risk. Red codes could include the so-called AIDS cocktail drugs and cancer medications. Higher scores imply higher medical costs. (More information about Milliman, Inc. and the IntelliScript prescription profiling tool.)
- Order Your Medical Report File from MedPoint by Ingenix Inc.
- FTC Complaint against Milliman, Inc. (2008) (Fair Credit Reporting Act)
- FTC Decision and Order against Milliman, Inc. (2008) (Fair Credit Reporting Act)
- The Washington Post Says Prescription Data is Used to Assess Consumers
- Check Your Yearly Medical Report File from Insurance Reporting Companies
- Do a Total Background Check on Yourself – Annual Consumer Reporting Agencies
- Prescription Analytics: Corporate Databases Track What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet
- Ingenix Inc. & Milliman Inc. Agree to Comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act