The American Medical Association is content to watch from the sidelines as insurance corporations are subjected to public outcry for the first time over the industry practice of rescission. Surprisingly, the American Medical Association chooses not to mention the $40 million dollars in revenue the organization generates by selling access to their Masterfile Physician Database. Your information is collected and sold to pharamceutical companies and health information brokers through the AMA’s Masterfile, UNLESS your Doctor as opted-out. Have you EVER asked your Doctor if she has opted-out collection of your information in the American Medical Association’s Masterfile Physician Database, which is sold to pharmaceutical and health information companies?
Although the health and insurance industry seems to agree that they are “taking heat for the the lack of transparency,” there is no mention of consumer “medical report” files. Likewise, the corporations have yet to advocate a secure, centralized, source to request, review, and dispute your medical report file. Under Federal law, every consumer is entitled to a free annual medical report from the Medical Information Bureau, MedPoint, and IntelliScript. Have you EVER checked your free annual medical report?
More details on the practices of rescission, purging, and red-flagging, from the American Medical Association coverage of testimony before the U.S. Senate and Congress, “Insurers defend Rescissions, take Heat for Lack of Transparency. A former health plan executive calls their intentions into question before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology.” (by Emily Barry)