The Arkansas Supreme Court extended a temporary injunction preventing Baptist Health, Little Rock, Ark., from ending the privileges of six physicians at its Baptist Medical Center. The move was part of the court's request for additional information to help it address Baptist's appeal of the injunction. The physicians sued in Pulaski County Circuit Court to keep Baptist from revoking their privileges based on their part-ownership of a competing heart hospital. It's likely the injunction will remain in place at least until fall, given procedural events that must follow, said Clifford Block, the physicians' attorney. Harold Simpson, an outside attorney for Baptist, said the action appeared to be positive for the system because the state Supreme Court asked the lower court to justify its belief that the physicians would likely prevail at trial. The doctors' initial suit in federal court was dismissed in 2004 because of a lack of jurisdiction. -- by Paul Barr
Ark. court extends injunction in privileges fight
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