UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana awarded more than $3.4 million in bonus payments to 249 physician practices statewide for improving the quality of care for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid plans.

Physicians earning bonuses met key quality measures during a six-month period in 2015. The measures included conducting preventive health screenings; helping patients become more informed and engaged in health care decisions; and focusing on quality performance measures, such as adolescent well visits, diabetic screenings and eye exams.

UnitedHealthcare operates as a Louisiana Medicaid managed care organization under the state Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bayou Health Medicaid program.