New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, SECOND DEPARTMENT, 2d, 11th and 13th JUDICIAL DISTRICTS
May 11, 2012
SIGMA PSYCHOLOGICAL, P.C. AS ASSIGNEE OF SASHA ALTIDOR, RESPONDENT, --
Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Wavny Toussaint, J.), entered March 1, 2010.
Sigma Psychological, P.C. v GEICO
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This opinion is uncorrected and will not be published in the printed Official Reports.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 May 11, 2012
PRESENT: WESTON, J.P., PESCE and RIOS, JJ
The order, insofar as appealed from as limited by the brief, denied defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
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. The Civil Court denied both the motion and the cross motion, finding that plaintiff had established its prima facie case, that defendant had demonstrated that it had timely and properly denied plaintiff's claim, and that the sole issue for trial was the medical necessity of the psychological services provided to plaintiff's assignor. Defendant appeals, as limited by its brief, from so much of the order as denied its cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
In support of its cross motion, defendant submitted, among other things, a sworn peer review report which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the psychologist's determination that there was a lack of medical necessity for the services at issue. Defendant's showing that the services were not medically necessary was unrebutted by plaintiff.
As plaintiff has not challenged the Civil Court's finding, in effect, that defendant is otherwise entitled to judgment, defendant's cross 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]).
Accordingly, the order, insofar as appealed from, is reversed, and defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint is granted.
Weston, J.P., Pesce and Rios, JJ., concur.
Decision Date: May 11, 2012
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