By: Kelly Stuart Williams, MA

When was the last time you visited your doctor’s office and actually met with your MD:  not their triage nurse or physician’s assistant?  If Humana is your insurance provider and you live in Pasco County, you have likely seen Healthcare Associates of Pasco County in New Port Richey where Dr. Prakash Machhar, MD has practiced medicine for over 20 years. His is the only practice in Pasco County to receive MULTIPLE 5 STAR RATINGS BY HUMANA IN THE LAST 4 YEARS!

From over 75 reviews on www.Healthgrades.com, a patient recently wrote, “Dr. Machhar always takes the time to explain procedures and answer any questions you might have in full. The office staff is very professional and helpful. Dr. Machhar is very caring and I’m glad to have found a doctor who is willing to take time with his patients.”

In their own words, patients’ testimonials are consistent with third party reviewer, www.health.usnews.com, a research firm that assessed Dr. Machhar with the highest ranking: EXCELLENT. According to US News, “When choosing a provider, it can be helpful to review other patients’ experiences. [We] publish patient experience ratings from Fountain Analytics, which aggregates patient reviews from over a hundred sites to compile information about 10 different patient experience metrics.” Dr. Machhar’s ratings are based on 74 patient reviews in the past 12 months.

His EXCELLENT rating was measured according to the following criteria: Ability to Answer Questions, Clarity of Instructions, Providers’ Follow-Up, Amount of Time with Patient, and Provider’s Attitude.  He received a “Very Positive” rating for Thoroughness of Examination.

Aligned with the US News assessment, a patient wrote, “Dr Machhar.is very caring, takes time to listen to you, he keeps you well informed about your meds, labs, etc., and has very caring and knowledgeable staff. He will answer any of your questions at any time. I am so grateful he is my doctor.”

At Healthcare Associates of Pasco County, Dr. Prakash Machhar, MD and his team are not only recipients of Humana’s 5 Star Award of Excellence, but they are involved members of the Greater Pasco community where they specialize in Internal Medicine, Primary Care, and Geriatric Care.

            Located at 6811 State Road 54 in New Port Richey, Dr. Machhar, a Board Certified Internist, is also affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Medical Center of Trinity and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.  “It really gives one peace-of-mind to know that Dr. Machhar will oversee hospital care if necessary.”

            Dr. Machhar explained that his practice focuses on preventing the need for hospital care whenever possible, so he provides critical care in his New Port Richey office, “What is most important to my patients is that they are able to see me on an emergency basis…I see them right away when necessary.”  A trained team of professionals staff the office and make every effort to schedule patients when they need to be seen by the doctor immediately.

            A focus on going above and beyond with his patients is part of the reason that Humana has recognized Dr. Machhar and Healthcare Associates of Pasco County as the #1 Ranked Physicians’ Practice in Quality Care by Humana in the state of Florida.

            In an article published by Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s top health providers explained the importance of having a relationship with their physician, “A family physician can be the right answer for most healthcare situations.  Medical emergencies are an exception. An emergency is a valid reason to visit the emergency room — but far too many Americans use the ER or urgent care as their primary source of care. It’s one reason among many we spend more as a country on healthcare than anyone else, yet still rank far from the top in health outcomes.”  Dr. Machhar focuses on creating relationships and producing good outcomes with his patients whose needs range from preventative care to urgent care.

If you are covered by a qualified Humana health insurance plan, you have access to state of the art care at Healthcare Associates of Pasco County where Dr. Machhar has been an exclusive Humana Health Care Provider for over 20 years. By partnering with one specific insurance provider, Dr. Machhar is able to spend less time on paperwork and more time with his patients.  As well, Dr. Machhar is very familiar with other Humana physicians to whom he can refer and follow-up with his patients.  

Patients Jim and Diane Rizzo wrote, “My husband and I have been going to Dr. Machhar for approximately seven (7) years, and we couldn’t be happier. He takes the time to get to know you and doesn’t do any service he thinks is unnecessary and will refer to other medical professionals when needed.”

Together with his wife Paresha and a team of caring staff at Healthcare Associates of Pasco County, Dr. Macchar continues to focus on providing quality care with established patients, and he continues to accept new patients.  Both new and existing patients report receiving dependable, reliable care that is hard to find. Dr. Machhar offers same-day appointments and patients like knowing that the doctor on call is the one who knows them personally and will treat them himself.

To inquire about becoming a patient of Dr. Machhar at Healthcare Associates of Pasco County, call 727-815-1550.  For more information on becoming insured by Humana, call 1-800-457-4708, and reference Healthcare Associates of Pasco County #125287. Join Dr. Machhar’s practice to receive the time and care from a physician who will treat you personally and thoroughly.