|Easy Care Acupuncture, PC v MVAIC
|2017 NY Slip Op 51346(U) [57 Misc 3d 140(A)]
|Decided on October 11, 2017
|Appellate Term, First 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|This opinion is uncorrected and will not be
published in the printed Official Reports.|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 October 11, 2017
SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE TERM, FIRST
PRESENT: Lowe, III, P.J., Shulman, Gonzalez, JJ.
Easy Care Acupuncture, PC, a/a/o Shellice
Reid, Plaintiff-Appellant, -
Plaintiff appeals from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County
(Donald A. Miles, J.), entered September 4, 2015, which denied the parties' respective motions
for summary judgment.
Order (Donald A. Miles, J.), entered September 4, 2015, insofar as appealable, affirmed,
with $10 costs.
This action, seeking recovery of assigned first party no-fault benefits, is not ripe for
summary disposition. While the record reflects that defendant properly paid a portion of the
submitted claims for acupuncture services pursuant to the workers' compensation fee schedule
(see Akita Med. Acupuncture, P.C. v
Clarendon Ins. Co., 41 Misc 3d 134[A], 2013 NY Slip Op 51860 [U] [App Term, 1st
Dept 2013]), triable issues remain with respect to the claims denied in whole or part by defendant
on the stated basis that the maximum payment had already been made for the billed codes (see TC Acupuncture, P.C., v Tri-State
Consumer Ins. Co., 52 Misc 3d 131[A], 2016 NY Slip Op 50978[U] [App Term, 1st
Dept 2016]; Sunrise Acupuncture PC v
Tri-State Consumer Ins. Co., 42 Misc 3d 151[A], 2014 NY Slip Op 50435 [U] [App
Term, 1st Dept 2014]). The parties' respective submissions reveal the existence of triable issues
of fact as to whether defendant partially exhausted the coverage by payments to another provider,
and whether those payments were proper under the insurance department regulations.
Defendant's failure to deny the claim within 30 days does not preclude a defense that the
coverage limits have been exhausted (see New York & Presbyt. Hosp. v Allstate Ins. Co., 12 AD3d
Plaintiff was not aggrieved by that portion of the order which denied defendant's motion for
summary judgment, even though plaintiff disagrees with particular findings supporting the order
in its favor (see Peoples Natl. Bank of Rockland County v Weiner, 100 AD2d 841
). Thus plaintiff's appeal from that portion of the order is dismissed.
We have considered plaintiff's remaining contentions and find them unpersuasive.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE COURT.
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Decision Date: October 11, 2017