Judge Lets HHS Proceed With Bidding On Lab Tests

Law360, New York (February 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal court judge has refused to issue a temporary restraining order against the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to halt competitive bidding for clinical laboratory services in Southern California. Three health care service providers had sued to stop the program, claiming it would damage their businesses if they lost.

Plaintiffs Sharp HealthCare, Scripps Health and Internist Laboratory sought to enjoin the government from imposing the allegedly flawed process before the deadline to submit bids, which was Feb. 15.

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