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.


Where To Get a Chemical Peel in Los Angeles

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Chemical peels are a latest cosmetic procedure that can bring a quick improvement to the skin. Through the application of some modern chemicals, a quick glow can be brought to the skin of the patient. In the use of chemical peels, a chemical composition applied to the skin makes the old skin to blister and come off by itself. New skin that grows in the place of the older one that has been removed is generally smoother and has lesser wrinkles than the one that has been removed.

How do they work?

Chemical peels are a kind of sophisticated updates to the conventional general and fruit peels that are used in spas. They give better results as they peel of the old and damaged skin from deep inside the multiple layers of the upper and lower layers of the skin. Chemical feels are not limited just to the face. They can be done on multiple other body parts like hands, neck, and even legs. Chemical peels serve a number of purposes like improving the look of the person who is undergoing through the treatment and give a lasting solution to the skin related problems faced by the patients than the conventional treatments done in med spas.

Some of the better uses of chemical peels are in reducing the fine lines around the mouth and eyes, reduce wrinkles that are caused by sun, augment the appearance of scars, treat acne, control age spots, controlling dark patches formed during pregnancy. Since the upper layers of the skin are peeled off through a chemical peel off, the new skin that is formed beneath is temporarily more sensitive to the sunlight and dust.

Why choose a med spa?

As the process of conducting a chemical peels does not involve any major surgeries, there is no need to conduct them in a surgery room. A well-equipped med spa with all the latest features can serve as a good place for conducting cosmetic treatments like chemical peels. All that is needed for conducting chemical peels are a better trained medical spa staff than those who conduct the conventional cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Gary Motykie’s Med Spas located in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles have all the facilities and procedures that are required for conducting a complex cosmetic procedure like chemical peels. Each of the spas are continuously monitored by a cosmetic surgeon and the junior level staff are well-trained in conducting the procedure. Selecting a medical spa manned by well-trained staff can help in avoiding any possible side effects that may result from the procedure.

The smart procedures that are involved in performing of chemical peels made them as the gold standard of the cosmetic enhancement procedures that are conducted to improve the look of the skin. The unique advantages offered by chemical peels make them the most preferred option by both the young and older women alike. A good med spa with all the latest facilities like Dr. Gary’s medical spa is a good place to get this sophisticated procedure done.

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