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Right Aid Diagnostic Medicine, P.C. v. GEICO Ins. Co.

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

November 26, 2013

Right Aid Diagnostic Medicine, P.C. as Assignee of RENE THERMIDOR, Respondent,
v.
GEICO Ins. Co., 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 (Richard G. Latin, J.), entered June 13, 2011. 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 reversed, with $30 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, the Civil Court denied plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and defendant's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, stating that the only issue for trial was the medical necessity of the services at issue (see CPLR 3212 [g]).

In support of its cross 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 services at issue. Defendant's prima facie showing was not rebutted by plaintiff. Since 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]).

Pesce, P.J., Aliotta and Solomon, JJ., concur.


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