|(a) Applicability. This section applies to all programs
and offices within the department which have been designated as health
(b) Other laws. The department may be authorized or
required by certain state and federal laws to collect, use and disclose
PHI. Each statute or rule that authorizes or requires the department
to collect, use, and disclose PHI, makes this information confidential
under certain circumstances. The department shall comply with all
applicable confidentiality provisions and collect, use, and/or disclose
PHI in accordance with applicable state and federal law.
(c) Complaints. An individual who believes the department
has failed to comply with a state or federal confidentiality law may
file a complaint with the program or office within the department
that the person alleges has violated the law or with the DSHS Privacy
Officer using the contact information contained in §1.501(i)(2)(A)
of this title (relating to Privacy of Health Information under the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).