(a) Immediate jeopardy. If there is immediate jeopardy to the HHA's patient health or safety -
(1) CMS immediately terminates the HHA provider agreement in accordance with § 489.53 of this chapter.
(2) CMS terminates the HHA provider agreement no later than 23 days from the last day of the survey, if the immediate jeopardy has not been removed by the HHA.
(3) In addition to a termination, CMS may impose one or more alternative sanctions, as appropriate.
(b) 2-day notice. Except for civil money penalties, for all sanctions specified in § 488.820 that are imposed when there is immediate jeopardy, notice must be given at least 2 calendar days before the effective date of the enforcement action.
(c) Transfer of care. An HHA, if its provider agreement terminated, is responsible for providing information, assistance, and arrangements necessary for the proper and safe transfer of patients to another local HHA within 30 days of termination. The State must assist the HHA in the safe and orderly transfer of care and services for the patients to another local HHA.