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.


Breast Reduction Risks and Safety

Breast Reduction Risks and SafetyBreast reduction plastic surgery is aimed at reducing excess breast tissue to create more proportionate breast appearance and address any physical discomfort arising from oversized breasts.

If the procedure is performed by an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon, it will minimize the risk. However, it is still important for a patient to be aware of the potential risks and complications in breast reduction.

During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of breast reduction, and inform about the possible side effects and risks.

The surgeon’s first concern would be to educate the patient about the risks and benefits of the procedure and help her make a considered decision. Profound and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.


Potential Complications

Poor Reaction to Anesthesia

Breast reduction surgery is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Although the surgeon and the anesthesiologist will pre-determine the patient’s fitness for anesthesia, but in rare cases a patient may still have an adverse reaction. The anesthesiologist will remain present in the operating room to monitor the patient’s response and take early action to mitigate any developing concern.


Blood Clotting

Some patients may have a tendency of clot formation, which puts them at a higher risk. But even in case of other patients, there is potentially a risk of a blood clot occurring inside a blood vessel. This can obstruct the blood flow. In rare cases, the clot may travel to the lungs, heart or brain, which can pose a serious threat to the patient’s safety.



Some degree of infection risk is inherent to any surgical procedure, including breast reduction plastic surgery. To minimize the risk, the surgeon will perform the procedure in a completely sterile surgical environment. Furthermore, the patient should be prepared to follow post-op care instructions diligently in order to reduce the chances of infection during early recovery. Antibiotics may be prescribed for a few days to further cut down the risk.


Slow Healing

It will usually take a few weeks for the tenderness, bruising and swelling to subside completely after a breast reduction procedure. But in some cases, the healing may be slow and the patient may continue to experience pain or discomfort beyond six weeks. The patient will be required to refrain from smoking and taking certain medications for a specified time period to minimize the risk.


Unfavorable Scarring

Some amount of scarring is unavoidable in any surgical procedure, including breast reduction. But it is possible to keep the scar appearance discreet by placing incisions in natural skin creases and breast folds. But in some cases, scars may still be more apparent than in others. Committed and poignant cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other towns and neighborhoods in this part of the southwest for breast reduction.

Breast reduction is one of the major surgical procedures, and is often combined with other surgeries such as a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover. However, its rate of complications is lower than many other cosmetic surgeries.
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Breast Reduction Risks and Safety

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