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.


Benefits of Stem Cell IV Therapy Treatment

Benefits of Stem Cell IV Therapy TreatmentResearchers and doctors have mainly used two types of stem cells for decades, taken from humans and animals, particularly when they were still embryos (not yet born). These are known as embryonic stem cells and non-embryonic (“adult” or “somatic”) stem cells.

Intravenous (IV) infusion is a safe and proven approach to stem cell therapy. In this case, the patient received prepared stem cells via an IV drip. The cells go directly into the bloodstream, where they start working to repair compromised blood cells or burrowing into bone marrow and repairing the tissue there. 

The patient undergoes this treatment in a hospital, but the procedure usually takes less than a day, following which they can return home. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides stem cell IV therapy to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.


Pain Relief with Stem Cell IV Therapy

Clinical research on the benefits of stem cell therapy has risen significantly in recent decades. The most promising aspect of stem cell IV therapy is that it offers relief to patients with chronic pain and hard-to-heal injuries, all without drugs or complex reconstructive surgeries. Researchers are also unearthing ways to use stem cell treatments for common chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Stem cell IV treatments are commonly used in the management of pain. Most believe stem cell therapy to be a type of “interventional pain management,” which means that it is a minimally invasive technique. The treatment involves delivering stem cells through IV drip (in addition to other revitalizing elements) around damaged and painful tendons, nerves, muscle tissue, and joints. 

What particular types of conditions can stem cell IV therapy help address? Certain most common ones include tennis elbow, shoulder pain or rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis knee pain, ACL injuries Achilles tendon injuries, and now cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis.


Tissue Regeneration 

Stem cell IV therapy is a form of treatment that makes use of the patient’s own stem cells to help repair injuries and damaged tissues. It is typically undertaken relatively rapidly through injections and in a straightforward in-office or outpatient procedure.  

This treatment has also been proven to be helpful in:

  • Expediting the time it takes for wounds and injuries to heal
  • Reducing pain, even chronic joint pain, with less need for drugs
  • Enhancing range of motion, flexibility, sleep quality, and functionality
  • Decreasing muscle compensations and risk for future injuries
  • Reducing nerve damage
  • Enhancing collagen
  • Helping in the regeneration of new heart and blood vessel tissue
  • Helping in the healing of skin wounds, prevention of scar tissue formation, and reduction in hair loss
  • Returning patients to their routine activities as rapidly as possible

According to the California Stem Cell Agency, there is no limit to the kinds of conditions that stem cell research can help treat. Stem cell therapy has an amazing ability for regrowth, which is now being used (or researched) in regards to the treatment of:

  • Neurodegenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes and other pancreatic dysfunctions
  • Hair loss
  • Vision impairment
  • Cardiovascular conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and congestive heart failure (ranked as the topmost cause of death in the US since 1900!)
  • Brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, and spinal stenosis
  • Wounds and incisions after surgeries
  • Orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal issues

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for stem cell IV therapy. 


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