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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Breast Lift With Implants

Breast Lift With Implants Surgery Recovery The rapid strides made in surgical technology and healthcare have vastly improved cosmetic surgery procedures, such as breast lift with implants. The current procedures are very effective and less invasive in nature. How fast you recover from the surgery will primarily depend on how well you follow the surgeon’s guidelines for post-operative care.  

Another important factor that influences recovery time is the expertise of the surgeon you choose for your treatment. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast lift with implants surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities. 

Expected post-surgery downtime 

Adequate rest is pivotal for the first few days after your surgery for breast lift with implants. Staying home for at least a week after the surgery is critical to safe and quick healing. You may begin light physical activity and short walks after the first three days following surgery; these help to improve the blood flow and ensure faster recovery. 

However, it’s crucial not to overdo the physical activity. Don’t lift heavy objects, and avoid all those physical activities that may induce strain on the incisions made during the surgery. About a month after the surgery, you may undertake activities and exercises that are more vigorous. 

Actual recovery time depends on the extent of the surgery you have undergone. Persons who enjoy general good health often get back to work about a week or two after the breast implant lift plastic surgery procedure.  

Post-operative garments 

Plastic surgeons recommend the wearing of a special surgical bra following the surgery. This is especially important if the breast lift was significant, and if the implants have been placed below the chest muscles. You must wear this bra at all times except while bathing, for several weeks. Even after you are allowed to stop wearing this special bra, you must wear a sports bra for the next few months. 

Cosmetic surgeons also suggest the use of wrap-type of bandage that makes it easy for the implants to harmonize with the breast tissue and muscle. This bandage also gives additional support, and helps the breasts to adapt naturally to their new shape.  

Quit smoking  

Avoid smoking and consuming tobacco products before your breast lift with implant surgery as well as during the post-operative period. This is to ensure that your blood vessels do not shrink. Shrunken blood vessels reduce the oxygen flow and the nicotine in tobacco interferes with the function of the RBCs. Both these factors may significantly increase the recovery time and also increase the risk of complications post surgery.  

Pain management during recovery 

Cosmetic surgeons prescribe oral painkillers to help you deal with the pain and bruising following the breast augmentation with lift surgery. The medications also give relief from the mild soreness and swelling post-surgery.  

Make sure you do not drive or perform any activities that require attention when you are on these drugs. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for breast augmentation with lift surgery.  

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