Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Kathryn E. Freed, J.), entered September 25, 2009.
Radiology Today, P.C. v Mercury Ins. Co.
Decided on January 24, 2012
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This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.
PRESENT: GOLIA, J.P., WESTON and RIOS, JJ
The order, insofar as appealed from as limited by the brief, denied defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
ORDERED that the order, insofar as appealed from, is reversed, without costs, and defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted.
In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, defendant moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and plaintiff cross-moved for summary judgment. The Civil Court found that the sole issue for trial was the medical necessity of the services rendered to plaintiff's assignor. Defendant appeals, as limited by its brief, from so much of the order as denied its motion.
In support of its motion, defendant submitted, among other things, an affirmed peer review report, which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the doctor's determination that there was a lack of medical necessity for the medical services at issue.
In opposition to the motion, plaintiff submitted a doctor's affirmation and the claim forms, which identified the doctor as plaintiff's owner. In its reply papers, defendant objected to the affirmation on the ground that it failed to comply with CPLR 2106. Plaintiff's submission of the doctor's affirmation was improper because the doctor is a principal of plaintiff professional corporation, which is a party to the action (see CPLR 2106; Slavenburg Corp. v Opus Apparel, 53 NY2d 799 ; Samuel & Weininger v Belovin & Franzblau, 5 AD3d 466 ; High Quality Med., P.C. v Mercury Ins. Co., 29 Misc 3d 132[A], 2010 NY Slip Op 51900[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2010]). Thus, plaintiff failed to proffer any evidence in admissible form which raised an issue of fact (see Zuckerman v City of New York, 49 NY2d 557 ).
Even if the affirmation of plaintiff's doctor could properly be considered, plaintiff nevertheless failed to raise an issue of fact, as the doctor's affirmation did not meaningfully refer to, let alone rebut, the conclusions set forth in defendant's peer review report (see Pan Chiropractic, P.C. v Mercury Ins. Co., 24 Misc 3d 136[A], 2009 NY Slip Op 51495[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2009]).
As plaintiff has not challenged the Civil Court's finding, in effect, that defendant is otherwise entitled to judgment, defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted (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]).
Golia, J.P., Weston and Rios, ...