On March 16, 2007, the Appellate Term, 2d Department issued its decision in Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Servs. v State Farm Ins. Co., 16 Misc.3d 42 (App. Term, 2d Dep't, 2007). In sum, the Court held that, where timely claim verification requests are made to a third party, and such verification is never supplied, a provider's suit for reimbursement of such a claim remains premature.
On August 21, 2007, the App. Term denied Doshi Diagnostic's application for leave to appeal to the Appellate Division. See Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Servs. As Assignee of Laticia Vazquez v State Farm Ins. Co., 2007 NYSlipOp 76290(U) (App. Term, 2d Dep't, 2007).
Now, on November 14, 2007, the Appellate Division has likewise denied Doshi Diagnostic's application for leave to appeal. See Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services v State Farm Insurance, 2007 NYSlipOp 83478(U) (App. Div., 2d Dep't, 2007).
In other news, the App. Div., 2d Dep't also recently issued its decision in Westchester Med. Ctr. v Countrywide Ins. Co., 2007 NY Slip Op 09024 (App. Div., 2d Dep't, 2007). The decision reads as a basic cut-and-paste of various other App. Div. no-fault decisions, containing standard holdings regarding the sufficiency of proof of mailing and waiver of defenses related to assignments of benefits. In the typical fashion of no-fault appellate decisions, without the benefit of seeing the record on appeal, the holding is rather worthless in a vacuum.