WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER v. AIG INC

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER, etc., et al., appellants, v. AIG, INC., respondent.

Decided: January 30, 2007

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., GABRIEL M. KRAUSMAN, GLORIA GOLDSTEIN, and ROBERT J. LUNN, JJ. Joseph Henig, P.C., Bellmore, N.Y., for appellants. Bryan M. Rothenberg, Hicksville, N.Y. (Fiedelman & McGaw [Dawn DeSimone] of counsel), for respondent.

In an action to recover no-fault medical payments, the plaintiffs appeal from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Spinola, J.), dated July 21, 2006, as denied that branch of their motion which was for summary judgment on their first cause of action to recover payments for medical services rendered by the plaintiff Westchester Medical Center, a/a/o Paul Friscia.

 ORDERED that the appeal by the plaintiff The Nyack Hospital, a/a/o Paula Rodrigues, is dismissed, without costs or disbursements, as that plaintiff is not aggrieved by the order appealed from;  and it is further,

ORDERED that the order is reversed insofar as appealed from by the plaintiff Westchester Medical Center, a/a/o Paul Friscia, on the law, with costs, that branch of the motion which was for summary judgment on the first cause of action to recover payments for medical services rendered by the plaintiff Westchester Medical Center, a/a/o Paul Friscia, is granted, and the matter is remitted to the Supreme Court, Nassau County, for further proceedings consistent herewith.

 The Supreme Court erred in denying the motion of the plaintiff Westchester Medical Center, a/a/o Paul Friscia, for summary judgment on its first cause of action.   That plaintiff made a prima facie showing of its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by submitting evidentiary proof that the prescribed statutory billing forms had been mailed and received, and that payment of no-fault benefits was overdue (see Insurance Law § 5106[a];  11 NYCRR 65-3.5[g];  Mount Sinai Hosp. v. Joan Serv. Corp., 22 A.D.3d 649, 650, 803 N.Y.S.2d 102;  Nyack Hosp. v. Metropolitan Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 16 A.D.3d 564, 791 N.Y.S.2d 658;  Mary Immaculate Hosp. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 5 A.D.3d 742, 774 N.Y.S.2d 564).   The defendant's submissions in opposition to the motion were insufficient to raise a triable issue of fact as to whether it timely issued a valid denial of the claim on the basis of the alleged intoxication of that plaintiff's assignor (see Insurance Law § 5103[b][2];  Nyack Hosp. v. Metropolitan Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., supra;  Hospital for Joint Diseases v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 284 A.D.2d 374, 375, 726 N.Y.S.2d 443).

Because entitlement to the no-fault benefits, as well as to statutory interest and an award of an attorney's fee (see Insurance Law § 5106[a];  11 NYCRR 65-4.6) was established, we remit the matter to the Supreme Court, Nassau County, to calculate the amounts of no-fault benefits, statutory interest, and an attorney's fee owed to the plaintiff Westchester Medical Center, a/a/o Paul Friscia (see Mount Sinai Hosp. v. Joan Serv. Corp., supra;  Westchester Med. Ctr. v. American Tr. Ins. Co., 17 A.D.3d 581, 583, 793 N.Y.S.2d 489).

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