(a) What constitutes change of ownership -
(1) Partnership. In the case of a partnership, the removal, addition, or substitution of a partner, unless the partners expressly agree otherwise, as permitted by applicable State law, constitutes change of ownership.
(2) Unincorporated sole proprietorship. Transfer of title and property to another party constitutes change of ownership.
(3) Corporation. The merger of the provider corporation into another corporation, or the consolidation of two or more corporations, resulting in the creation of a new corporation constitutes change of ownership. Transfer of corporate stock or the merger of another corporation into the provider corporation does not constitute change of ownership.
(4) Leasing. The lease of all or part of a provider facility constitutes change of ownership of the leased portion.
(b) Notice to CMS. A provider who is contemplating or negotiating a change of ownership must notify CMS.
(c) Assignment of agreement. When there is a change of ownership as specified in paragraph (a) of this section, the existing provider agreement will automatically be assigned to the new owner.
(d) Conditions that apply to assigned agreements. An assigned agreement is subject to all applicable statutes and regulations and to the terms and conditions under which it was originally issued including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Any existing plan of correction.
(2) Compliance with applicable health and safety standards.
(3) Compliance with the ownership and financial interest disclosure requirements of part 420, subpart C, of this chapter.
(e) Effect of leasing. The provider agreement will be assigned to the lessee only to the extent of the leased portion of the facility.