Louisiana: Help Medicaid patients get cancer screenings

Last modified: August 12, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana members may have missed some of their preventive care, like cancer screenings, in the past year. When you identify and encourage these patients to get the screenings they need, you’re helping them to be as healthy as possible. Members have coverage for recommended screenings.

Recommended cancer screenings — colorectal and cervical

The U.S. Preventive Task Force recommends these screenings for average-risk individuals:

  • Colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50
  • Cervical cancer screenings, frequency based on age
    • Women, ages 21 to 29, every 3 years with cervical cytology
    • Women, ages 30 to 65, either:
      • Every 3 years with cervical cytology
      • Every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing
      • Every 5 years with hrHPV testing with cytology (cotesting)

Tips, best practices and billing information

Our PATH reference guide, found at, can help you better understand the specifications of preventive care opportunities, including colorectal and cervical cancer screenings. We also include tips and best practices for these care opportunities, along with which billing codes to use.


Please contact your Provider Advocate or UnitedHealthcare representative.