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Alev Medical Supply, Inc. v. Praetorian Ins. Co.

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

November 26, 2013

Alev Medical Supply, Inc. as Assignee of HANNA DEVON, Respondent,
v.
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 (Carmen R. Velasquez, J.), entered March 1, 2011. 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, defendant moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, alleging that the claims at issue had been timely denied because the medical supplies at issue were not medically necessary. Defendant appeals from an order of the Civil Court which denied its motion.

The papers submitted by defendant in support of its motion were sufficient to establish that defendant had timely mailed (see St. Vincent's Hosp. of Richmond v Government Empls. Ins. Co., 50 A.D.3d 1123 [2008]; Delta Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. v Chubb Group of Ins., 17 Misc.3d 16 [App Term, 2d & 11th Jud Dists 2007]) the denial of claim forms at issue, which denied the claims on the ground of lack of medical necessity. Moreover, 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]). Therefore, defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint should have been granted (see 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 is reversed and defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing ...


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