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.


Important Things to Discuss with Your Plastic Surgeon

Important Things to Discuss with Your Plastic SurgeonIf you’re considering a facelift, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you should discuss your goals, potential risks, recovery time, and any other questions you have. Having a thorough understanding of the procedure and expectations can help ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your facelift. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most important topics to cover with your plastic surgeon before you go under the knife. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie performs facelift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Understanding the Importance of a Facelift Consultation

Before undergoing a facelift, it is crucial to have a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon. This initial meeting is not just a formality, but a vital step in ensuring the success and satisfaction of your facial rejuvenation journey. 

During the consultation, you have the opportunity to openly discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. They will assess your individual case, explain the various options available, and address any concerns you may have. This is also the time to inquire about the potential risks involved and gather all necessary information about the procedure. 

A facelift consultation serves as a foundation for a successful surgery. It establishes clear communication between you and your surgeon, ensuring that your desires and expectations are understood and can be met. Taking the time to thoroughly understand the importance of this consultation sets the stage for a positive experience and helps you achieve the desired outcome in your facial rejuvenation journey.

Gathering Information about Your Surgeon’s Credentials

When considering a facelift, it is crucial to gather information about your surgeon’s credentials. This step is essential in ensuring your safety and the success of your facial rejuvenation journey. Take the time to research your surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and board certification. Find out if they have specialized training in facelift procedures and if they have a track record of successful surgeries. 

During your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions about your surgeon’s credentials. Inquire about their education, training, and any additional certifications they may have obtained. It’s also important to ask about their experience performing facelifts and the number of procedures they have done. 

By gathering information about your surgeon’s credentials, you can have confidence in their expertise and feel more comfortable moving forward with the facelift procedure. Remember, your safety and satisfaction should be the top priority, and selecting a qualified surgeon is an essential step in achieving your desired results.

Communicating Your Desired Results to Your Surgeon

One of the most important aspects of a facelift consultation is effectively communicating your desired results to your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon can only deliver the outcome you want if they fully understand what you are looking for. This is your opportunity to share your goals, expectations, and desired aesthetic changes with your surgeon. 

Be as specific as possible when describing what you hope to achieve with the facelift. Bring photos or examples of the kind of look you are aiming for. It is crucial to have realistic expectations and understand what can be realistically achieved through the procedure. Your surgeon can then assess your desires and provide you with honest feedback on what can be accomplished. By openly discussing your desired results, you and your surgeon can work together to create a personalized treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals and ensure you are satisfied with the outcome of your facelift.

Understanding the Recovery Process and Aftercare

Understanding the recovery process and aftercare is crucial for a successful facelift journey. After the surgery, you will need time to heal and recover, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of what to expect. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to take care of yourself during the recovery period, including any medications you may need to take, how to care for your incisions, and when to schedule follow-up appointments. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. Additionally, your surgeon can provide guidance on when you can resume normal activities, such as exercise or wearing makeup. Understanding the recovery process and aftercare allows you to plan and prepare for your post-surgery experience, ensuring a smooth and successful transition into your rejuvenated appearance.

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