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Published: February 13, 2018

  • Eye doc accused of sexual harassment Jonathan Christenbury, MD, owner of Christenbury Eye Center in Charlotte, N.C., has surrendered his license amid allegations that he maintained a sexually hostile work environment for years. Lawsuits filed by former employees accuse the physician of hiring women based on their looks and subjecting his hires to unwanted sexual advances, which included offering money for sex and stalking one employee during her vacation with friends.
  • Outpatient shoulder surgery safe for older patients Only 1.01% of 640 patients aged 65-years-old and older who underwent shoulder surgeries performed in ambulatory surgical centers between 2000 and 2015 experienced serious complications, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For the study, researchers took into account complications including infections, wrong-site procedures and post-operative transfer to a hospital.
  • The state with only 1 ASC plans to keep it that wayVermont has only 1 existing surgery center, a single-specialty facility called The Eye Surgery Center. The state's second planned ASC, which would be named the Green Mountain Surgery Center, might not ever get off the ground thanks to a newly proposed law that would regulate and tax surgery centers. The bill would impose additional licensing fees, regulatory expenses and a "provider tax" — 6% of net patient revenue — that could wipe out the projected profit from the facility, says a lead investor.
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