(1) Prior to accepting patients, a specialty hospital must have in place a signed transfer of care agreement with a hospital capable of providing emergency care services appropriate to the patient's medical needs. A specialty hospital must also have written policies that result in medically appropriate transfers.
(2) Prior to transferring a patient from a specialty hospital, the specialty hospital must:
(a) notify the receiving hospital before the patient is transferred and receive confirmation from the receiving hospital that services necessary to treat the patient are available;
(b) use medically appropriate life support measures to stabilize the patient before the transfer and to sustain the patient during the transfer;
(c) transfer all necessary records for continuing the care for the patient; and
(d) in cases of nonemergent care services ensure that the patient or legally responsible person acting on the patient's behalf are informed of the risk and benefit of transfer.