(a)  A rated certificate shall be issued to a facility by the Division of Health Service Regulation within 45 days completion of a new rating calculation pursuant to Rule .1604 of this Subchapter.

(b)  If the ownership of the facility changes, the rated certificate in effect at the time of the change of ownership shall remain in effect until the next annual survey or until a new certificate is issued pursuant to Rule .1604(b) of this Subchapter.

(c)  The certificate and any worksheet the Division used to calculate the rated certificate shall be displayed in a location visible to the public.

(d)  The facility may contest the rated certificate by requesting a contested case hearing pursuant to G.S. 150B. The rated certificate and any subsequent certificates remain in effect during any contested case hearing process.