Notice of Data Incident
August 1, 2023

Dear Patients:
We post this Notice pursuant to the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) to inform you about a data incident involving an unauthorized release of patient Protected Health Information (“PHI”), as that is defined by HIPAA, at Gary Motykie, M.D., a Medical Corporation and Gary Motykie, M.D. (“Practice”), a covered entity under HIPAA.

PHI, as defined by HIPAA, is information that is “created, received, maintained, or transmitted by or on behalf of the health care component of the Covered Entity.” § 164.105 (a)(2)(i)(D). Information that is created or received by a Covered Entity and that relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual is considered PHI. PHI is required to be protected when transmitted or maintained in any form by a Covered Entity. Individual identifiers (including but not limited to name, address, telephone number, fax, email address, social security number, medical record number, etc.) maintained in a designated record set along with health information (including but not limited to x-rays, images, scans, physician notes, diagnoses, treatment, eligibility approvals, claims, remittances, etc.) are collectively considered PHI.

Event Description:
On or about June 6, 2023, an initial technical analysis of the Practice’s information technology network determined an unauthorized release of PHI occurred to an unknown third party. The initial analysis determined that the unknown third party accessed the Practice’s network. It was further determined that the unknown third party acquired some of the Practice’s patient’s unencrypted PHI and that party was not authorized to do so and did so in an unlawful manner.

The information that may have been accessed or acquired during this unauthorized access included:

  • First and last name 
  • Social Security Number (if provided)
  • Address
  • Driver’s license or identification card number
  • Financial account or payment card number, in combination with any required CVV code
  • Intake forms, which may include medical information and history
  • Images taken in connection with the services rendered at our office
  • Health insurance information (if provided)
Steps Taken to Address:
Upon discovery, the Practice took the following immediate steps to address the situation:
  • Computers and servers replaced
  • Network passwords changed
  • Endpoint detection, virus, and malware detection tools and software installed on workstations and server
  • Limitations concerning Internet access
  • Access controls put in place for users based on role and responsibility
  • Server policies in place
  • Device locking mechanisms
  • Multi factor authentication enabled
  • Network segregation efforts
  • Encryption of devices
  • Additional workforce training
Risk Assessment:

The Practice conducted a risk assessment to evaluate the potential harm to potentially impacted individuals. Based on that assessment, it is determined that there is a high risk of harm. It is essential for potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant in monitoring their personal accounts and data and promptly report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or their financial institutions.

Assistance and Resources:
Starting on or about June 22, 2023, letters were mailed to patients providing the following resources to assist the potentially impacted individuals, offering at no cost:
  • two (2) years of no cost Triple Bureau Credit Monitoring/Triple Bureau Credit Report/Triple Bureau Credit Score/Cyber Monitoring services.
  • the services also include reviewing whether Information appears on the dark web and alert the individual if such Information is found online.
  • proactive fraud assistance to help with any questions in event a potentially impacted persons becomes a victim of fraud.

Steps to Prevent Future Incidents: We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this Incident may cause. The Practice is taking numerous steps to help prevent similar Incidents in the future. We will continue to review and enhance our security measures, policies, and employee training.

If you failed to receive your letter in the mail, and/or if there is a concern your mailing address has changed since you were a patient at the Practice, please contact 1-800-405-6108 or call our office immediately at 310-246-2355 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific time, Monday through Friday.


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You will need to rest at home for at least a week to 10 days following breast implant surgery. If things at home are well-organized in advance, you will be able to focus exclusively on your recovery without getting distracted or stressed. Place things where they belong, clear the laundry basket, and place daily-need articles in low-height shelves so that you do not have to lift your arms over the head after the surgery.


Create a “Recovery Station” on your Bedside

You will be spending a lot of time in your bed for the first three to five days in order to allow the wounds to heal safely. Set up a post-operative recovery station on your bedside table so you do not have to get up so often for small things. Stock the table with pain meds, bottled water, tissue and wet wipes, and lip balm. The TV remote, mobile device, and alarm clock can also be placed here for easy access.


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The surgeon may advise you to position yourself upright at a 45 degree angle for the first few days after breast implant plastic surgery. You may purchase a ‘wedge’ type pillow and several other pillows for your sides to stay comfortable in this upright position.


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Arnica Montana, popularly called Mountain Daisy, is a time-tested homeopathic medication to reduce bruising and swelling. Discuss with your cosmetic surgeon in advance whether you can use it during the early recovery phase.


Keep a Shea Based Lotion at Home

When the surgeon allows you to take a shower after the surgery, you should use an anti-bacterial soap and soft washcloth. After cleansing the incision areas, you can use a gentle shea or cocoa butter based lotion to treat dry and flaky post-surgical skin.


Hire a Help for Aftercare

Unless you have your mom or another person to support you with daily chores for a few days, consider hiring a professional help for aftercare. You may need it particularly if you have little kids or a pet to look after.


Stock up the Kitchen

Many women will feel fatigued or go through low phases during the recovery when they may not want to cook a meal. For such days, stock up the kitchen with ready-to-use foods. You could even freeze some of your favorite dishes a day or two before the surgery. Keep stock of fruit juices and canned peaches to combat post-op constipation.


Get Used to Wearing a Surgical Bra

Get familiar with wearing a special surgical bra that the surgeon will ask you to use for several weeks following breast implant surgery.


Arrange for Ice Packs

Keep ice packs in your freezer in advance. You will need them post-surgery to mitigate swelling and pain. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for implants.


Buy Loose Fitting Clothes

Purchase front-button, loose fitting clothes to wear after the surgery. Such clothes will not hurt the incision areas and keep your movements comfortable.


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