Alev Medical Supply, Inc. as Assignee of JAREA T. COOK, Respondent,
Praetorian Insurance Company, Appellant.
PRESENT:: PESCE, P.J., ALIOTTA and SOLOMON, JJ
Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Queens County (Cheree A. Buggs, J.), entered December 8, 2010. The order denied defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
ORDERED that the order is reversed, with $30 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, the Civil Court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff had raised a triable issue of fact and stating that the only issue for trial was the medical necessity of the supplies at issue (see CPLR 3212 [g]).
In support of its motion, defendant submitted a sworn peer review report which set forth a factual basis and medical rationale for the reviewer's determination that there was no medical necessity for the medical supplies at issue. In opposition, plaintiff submitted an affirmation by a doctor which failed to meaningfully refer to, let alone rebut, the conclusions set forth in the 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]). In view of the foregoing, and as plaintiff has not challenged the Civil Court's finding, in effect, that defendant is otherwise entitled to judgment, the order is reversed and defendant's motion for summary judgment ...