When Medical Provider Bills Under a "By Report" Code, Insurer Must Demand Supporting Documents if it Wants Them: Pavlova a/a/o Cosby Reavis v Allstate Ins. Co.

Author:Rogak, Lawrence
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Edited by Lawrence N. Rogak

In this no-fault suit, plaintiff medical provider billed for services under CPT code 20999, which is a "by report" code. The insurer denied the claim on the grounds that the provider did not supply documentation backing up the need for the services. The Appellate Term held that when a provider bills under a "by report" code, the insurer must use a verification request to demand backup documentation; it cannot simply deny the claim on the ground that the documentation was not submitted with the bill.--LNR

* Appeal from an order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County (Devin P. Cohen, J.). The order denied the plaintiff's motion seeking summary judgment on so much of the complaint as sought to recover for services billed under CPT code 20999 and granted the branch of defendant's cross motion seeking summary judgment dismissing that portion of the complaint. The order is modified by providing that the branch of defendant's cross motion seeking summary judgment is denied; as so modified, the order is affirmed.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, plaintiff appeals from an order of the Civil Court which denied the plaintiff's motion seeking summary judgment to recover for services billed under CPT code 20999 and granted the defendant's cross motion seeking summary judgment dismissing that portion of the complaint.

As plaintiff failed to demonstrate prima facie that its claim for the services at issue had not been timely denied (see Viviane Etienne Med. Care, P.C. v Country-Wide Ins. Co., 25 NY3d 498 [2015]), or that defendant had issued a timely denial of claim that was conclusory, vague or without merit as a matter of law, plaintiff failed to establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law with respect to its claim for these services. Consequently, plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on the portion of the complaint that sought to recover for these services was properly denied.

It is undisputed that defendant denied plaintiff's claim for services billed under CPT code 20999 in its entirety. Because the workers' compensation fee schedule has assigned a "By Report" designation for that CPT code, a provider billing under that CPT code is...

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