Believe it or not, but yes a defense lawyer can motion the court to do so!  It is called a "post trial motion" but I believe it to be a motion not based on law.  However, for purposes of my answer, just know it can be done and is being done across California.
First of all, this has been established in California after the insurance industry "brainwashed" the California judges to believe this was okay and proper to do.  It was done a few years ago after a bunch of California judges were invited to Hawaii for some educational training seminars and one part of the seminar talked about doing post trial motions on the medical bills. In my opinion, there is no justification legally for "a post trial motion" asking a judge "post verdict" what the reasonable value of the medicals should be - this should be a jury question and not a post trial motion. This violates the California collateral source rule, and the California privacy act, not to mention other legal principles. Again, this is a defense maneuver to lower the jury's award on a personal injury case.  

Here is some California case law on the subject:

Greer v. Buzgheia, 141 Cal.App.4th 1150 (2006)  A Hanif/Nishihama argument should be made post-trial so that the jury can assess the full measure of damages. Failure of the defense attorney bringing the motion to segregate past medical specials from past lost income in the special verdict form operates as a forfeiture of the right to bring such a motion if it would require the court to speculate as to the amount of medical expenses awarded by the jury.

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