421.205 Termination by the Secretary.§ 421.205 Termination by the Secretary.
(a) Cause for termination. The Secretary may terminate a contract with a carrier at any time if he or she determines that the carrier has failed substantially to carry out any material terms of the contract or has performed its function in a manner inconsistent with the effective and efficient administration of the Medicare Part B program.
(b) Notice and opportunity for hearing. Upon notification of the Secretary's intent to terminate the contract, the carrier may request a hearing within 20 days after the date on the notice of intent to terminate.
(c) Hearing procedures. The hearing procedures will be those specified in § 421.128(c).