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A resubmission does not restart the pay or deny clockSeptember 11, 2021

A.C. Med., P.C. v New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2021 NY Slip Op 50841(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2021)

” Plaintiff claimed, in the papers submitted in support of its amended cross motion, that, in March]2017, it had submitted two bills dated March 29, 2017 to defendant, for services rendered to Mr. Bailey on November 18, 2016, in the total amount of $2,785.16. The sole explanation for the submission of what plaintiff characterized as “amended bills” was a sworn statement by plaintiff’s medical billing supervisor that she “was made aware that the defendant was addressing bills with the incorrect amount and requesting verification for services that were mistakenly added to the bill.”

“Plaintiff has not raised an issue of fact precluding summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that the action is premature. Whereas this action was commenced to recover the principal sum of $3,268.16 (the amount sought in the November bills), plaintiff has now elected not to pursue payment for the $483 electromyography services that were the subject of the outstanding verification requests, but it cannot retroactively create an obligation for defendant to have paid or denied the remaining claims totaling $2,785.16, thereby providing a basis for this action (see Central Suffolk Hosp. v New York Cent. Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 24 AD3d 492, 493 [2005]; Westchester Med. Ctr. v A Cent. Ins. Co., 42 Misc 3d 146[A], 2014 NY Slip Op [*3]50347[U] [App Term, 2d Dept, 9th & 10th Jud Dists 2014]). Under the circumstances presented, the submission of the March 2017 bills did not create a new obligation for defendant to pay or deny plaintiff’s duplicate claims for the remaining services, totaling $2,785.16, within 30 days, nor did it give defendant a new opportunity to request additional verification with respect to those service”

The lesson here – an issue not seen since 2014 – is that the provider does not get a do over and cannot seek any redress from regenerated billings.

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