Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Carolyn E. Wade, J.), entered July 28, 2009.
Perfect Point Acupuncture, P.C. v Clarendon Ins. Co.
Appellate Term, Second Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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PRESENT: PESCE, P.J., WESTON and RIOS, JJ
The order, insofar as appealed from, denied defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
ORDERED that the order, insofar as appealed from, is affirmed, without costs.
In this action by a provider to recover the unpaid balances of assigned claims for first-party no-fault benefits, defendant appeals from so much of an order as denied its cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
In support of its cross motion, defendant submitted an affidavit by
its claims examiner which was sufficient to establish that defendant
had timely denied (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond v Government
Empls. Ins. Co., 50 AD3d 1123 ; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C.
v Chubb Group of Ins., 17 Misc 3d 16 [App Term, 2d
& 11th Jud Dists 2007]) the portions of plaintiff's claims at issue on the ground that the amounts
that had been charged by plaintiff for the acupuncture services rendered exceeded the amounts set forth in the workers'
compensation fee schedule. That affidavit, however, was sufficient neither to warrant the dismissal of plaintiff's claim for
the initial acupuncture visit of April 18, 2006 (see Raz Acupuncture, P.C. v AIG Indem. Ins. Co., 28 Misc 3d 127[A], 2010 NY
Slip Op 51177[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2010]) nor to establish defendant's contention that the amounts that had
been charged by plaintiff for the acupuncture services rendered exceeded the relevant rates set forth in the workers'
compensation fee schedule (see Megacure Acupuncture, P.C. v Clarendon Natl. Ins. Co., 33 Misc 3d 141[A], 2011 NY Slip
Op 52199[U] [App Term, 2d, 11th & 13th Jud Dists 2011]). Accordingly, the Civil Court properly denied defendant's cross
motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and the order, insofar as appealed from, is affirmed.
Pesce, P.J., Weston and Rios, JJ., concur.
Decision Date: March 05, 2012
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