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Urban Radiology, P.C. As Assignee of andre Murat and Cathy Williams v. Geico General Insurance Company

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE TERM: 2nd, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS


December 10, 2010

URBAN RADIOLOGY, P.C. AS ASSIGNEE OF ANDRE MURAT AND CATHY WILLIAMS,
RESPONDENT,
v.
GEICO GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY,
APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Lisa S. Ottley, J.), entered July 16, 2009. The order, insofar as appealed from, denied defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.

Urban Radiology, P.C. v GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

Appellate Term, Second Department

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.

Decided on December 10, 2010

PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., GOLIA and STEINHARDT, JJ

ORDERED that the order, insofar as appealed from, is reversed, without costs, and defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, plaintiff moved for summary judgment and defendant cross-moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint. Although plaintiff did not submit written opposition to the cross motion, the Civil Court denied both motions, holding that the sole issue to be determined at trial was the medical necessity of the services at issue. The instant appeal by defendant ensued.

The papers submitted in support of defendant's cross motion for summary judgment included an affidavit of an employee of its claims division, which established that the denial of claim forms, which denied the claims at issue on the ground of lack of medical necessity, were timely mailed in accordance with defendant's standard office practices and procedures (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond v Government Empls. Ins. Co., 50 AD3d 1123 [2008]; Residential Holding Corp. v Scottsdale Ins. Co., 286 AD2d 679 [2001]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Chubb Group of Ins., 17 Misc 3d 16 [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]). Also included were two affirmed peer review reports, both of which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the opinions of the peer reviewers that there was a lack of medical necessity for the medical services at issue. Since defendant established its prima facie entitlement to summary judgment, and plaintiff submitted no written opposition to the cross motion, plaintiff failed to rebut defendant's prima facie showing that there was a lack of medical necessity for the services (see Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Integon Natl. Ins. Co., 24 Misc 3d 136[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 51502[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v American Tr. Ins. Co., 18 Misc 3d 128[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 52455[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists, 2007]; A. Khodadadi Radiology, P.C. v NY Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 16 Misc 3d 131[A], 2007 NY Slip Op 51342[U] [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]). Accordingly, defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint should have been granted.

Pesce, P.J., Golia and Steinhardt, JJ., concur.

Decision Date: December 10, 2010

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