WV has confirmed that all of its DMDs will have an appointment by Dec. 16, though some of them may still need to wait.WV Department of Health Director of Operations Mark DeFrancesco told reporters on Monday that all appointments will be confirmed at the state’s DMD office on the state capitol grounds.
The DMD will be located in the state Capitol at 4200 State Street in Newport News, Va., where the state Department of Labor and Industry is located.
DeFranceso said DMD appointment procedures are not finalized, but the office will be open to the public, and staff will be available to answer questions.
He said that while the state has no plans to replace DMD staff with paid positions, the state is working with its partners at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide incentives to fill vacancies.
DeGrancesco said that state agencies are using a process called EMA to confirm appointments, with staff being invited to sign a waiver that allows them to take up to four hours to review the paperwork.
He added that if an appointment is denied, it will be reviewed by the Office of Health and Human Services.
State officials have been warning for weeks that they may need to shut down a number of DMD offices to provide more flexibility for patients and families.
Earlier this month, Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin issued a memo ordering the closure of all DMD’s in the next few weeks.
DeFrancancesco says the state will be in the process of contacting all the DMD facilities that it has opened since the announcement, and will provide updates as they become available.
He did not elaborate on what those facilities will be, saying it’s up to the agency.
The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.