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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Cost Factors

The cost of breast reduction surgery can differ between two places, and may even vary between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors go into determining the overall cost of the procedure.

Where the Practice is Located

The cost of living index usually varies between regions, which can have an influence on the average cost of most products and services, including cosmetic surgery services. For instance, the cost of breast reduction procedure in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas may not be the same as the cost of the same procedure in Boston, MA.

Fee of the Surgeon

The fee charged by a plastic surgeon may vary, depending on their skills, experience and reputation in the field of breast surgery. As per the guidelines provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients should choose the right surgeon for their needs, and treat surgeon’s fee only as a secondary consideration in such a decision.

Surgical Facility and Anesthesia Costs

The costs of the surgical facility may vary on the basis of the quality of facilities, equipment, technology, experienced staff and personalized service provided at a particular place. The fee charged by the anesthesiologist may also differ according to their qualifications and experience.

Other Expenses

Breast reduction plastic surgery may also involve additional expenses such as medical tests, mammograms, prescription medications, surgical bra, and other costs. These costs should be accounted for when preparing a cost estimate prior to the procedure.

Extent of Surgery Performed

In some cases, the patient may only need a minor breast reduction, while in other cases the procedure may be more extensive. The length and complexity of the procedure can make an impact on the overall costs. Sometimes breast reduction procedure may be combined with other surgeries such as liposuction, or it may be a part of a mommy makeover surgery.

When combined with other treatments, the overall procedure becomes more cost-effective. However, the actual cost in each case will differ, and the patient should be aware of the costs prior to going ahead with the procedure.

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