American News Report is very pleased to announce that Daniel Bennett, MD, DABPM, is joining us as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bennett, who is an interventional spine and pain surgical physician, is a founder and past chairman of the National Pain Foundation. He heads the Integrative Treatment Centers for pain management in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Bennett will help guide editorial coverage of health and wellness stories for American News Report, along with its special section on chronic pain, the National Pain Report. He looks forward to contributing special columns and commentary on pain issues.
“But more than just reporting news, actually investigating topics so that people who suffer from chronic pain have the right resources for treatment. That’s the immediate goal,” says Bennett. “I think the long term goal is to take back medicine through a grassroots effort of education, collecting information and investigating the various problems in the medical arena in the U.S.”
Dr. Bennett, who lectures nationally and internationally on pain medicine, believes the U.S. health care system is broken and in serious need of reform. He blames government regulation, medical malpractice issues and the increasing involvement of hedge funds in the health insurance industry.
“It’s a multifaceted problem. We have hedge funds who govern how U.S. healthcare is paid for and delivered. Therein lays a huge problem. The patient is no longer in control. The physician is no longer in control. And so people are essentially having their medicine determined by what their payers are willing to pay for,” explained Bennett, who believes that fear of malpractice lawsuits is also affecting the quality of patient care.
“Physicians are more and more liable for the care they give. Which means a lot of the care that’s being given is protective care for the physician, not the patient.”
“I will be writing columns from time to time on issues facing the chronic pain patient specifically and the health care system in general,” said Dr. Bennett. “There are many topics that need to be explored and the American News Report and National Pain Report are committed to doing just that. We need to take back medicine.”
Bennett received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami and completed post-doctoral training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He has been active in clinical research for the electrical neuromodulation of spinal and peripheral nerve structures, spinal drug delivery systems and spinal devices for the treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Bennett has also served on the Board of Directors of the North American Neuromodulation Society and is active in the American Academy of Pain Medicine.