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.


How much does Thigh Lift Surgery cost?

Thigh Lift Surgery 

How much does Thigh Lift Surgery cost?Proportionate and shapely thighs can transform your lower body appearance. A thigh lift is the most effective cosmetic surgery procedure if you are bothered by the appearance of sagging or disproportionately heavy thighs and wish to restore a youthful appearance of the upper legs.

It is important to consider your budget when you are seeking a thigh lift because the procedure is usually considered elective and you will have to pay the cost out of pocket. Be upfront with your surgeon about the estimated costs and make an independent decision after comparing the costs with the potential benefits of a thigh lift.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides thigh lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Factors Impacting the Cost

When you obtain a quote for a thigh lift plastic surgery, you should check whether it covers the surgeon’s fee, operating room charges, anesthesia costs, and post-op visits to the surgeon’s office. The cost will usually vary from one cosmetic surgeon to another, and in some cases, it may also vary between two patients at the same practice. Here are a few key factors that will influence the cost:

  • Geographical Location: Where the practice is located can make a difference to the costs of a thigh lift plastic surgery. Some cities have a significantly higher cost of living than others, which will impact the cost of all types of goods and services, including medical procedures and surgeries.
  • Anesthesia Charges: Whether your thigh lift is performed by an experienced or board certified anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist may make a difference to your costs of anesthesia. You should check whether your surgery will be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation.
  • Operating Room Costs: The financial implications of a hospital may often be higher than that of an accredited surgery center. Some surgeons may prefer to perform the procedure at a private surgical suite. Evaluate the costs vs. benefits of each option to understand your overall cost of a thigh lift.
  • Plastic Surgeon’s Fee: Highly rated surgeons with extensive experience and a board certification in plastic surgery from the ABPS are more in demand. Their time is likely to be more valuable than that of a less trained or less adept surgeon. So, look at the surgeon’s fee in the context of their skills and experience.
  • Additional Expenses: You should also take into consideration seemingly minor expenses, such the costs of pre- and post-operative medical tests, blood work, prescription medications, compression garment, and post-op appointments with your surgeon. These financial factors can total up to be a significant amount.

Extent of Surgery

Whether you are having an inner thigh lift, outer thigh lift or both might make a difference to your costs of surgery. In some cases, a thigh liposuction or another procedure such as buttock lift may be combined with a thigh lift.

This will increase your overall cost. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and nearby areas for thigh lift surgery.

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