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.


Kybella FDA Approved for Double Chin Reduction

Kybella FDA Approved for Double Chin ReductionThe chin profile may be compromised due to the presence of excess submental fat. This can make the neck and lower face appear older and unsightly. Many people seek the reduction of double chin appearance through plastic surgery.

However, now an innovative non-surgical treatment called Kybella is available, which can help reduce double chin. Dr. Gary Motykie is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing this cutting edge non-surgical technology to his patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

FDA Approval

Kybella or ATX-101 from Kythera is a unique treatment that does not involve plastic surgery to treat double chin, which is caused due to excessive submental fat tissue. The FDA has now approved Kybella treatment. With this approval, Kybella becomes the first and only non-surgical treatment to have an FDA approval for the reduction of double chin.

Keith Leonard, President and CEO of Kythera, says that Kybella is a fantastic and salient solution that can be tailored to meet the unique aesthetic goals of a patient for an enhanced chin profile. Higher rates of patient satisfaction are typically achieved because of the non-invasive nature of Kybella treatment.

Leonard says: “For the first time, people have access to an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for submental fullness, a condition that can negatively impact the overall appearance of the face and can result in a person feeling older and heavier. With Kybella, physicians can offer a clinically-proven treatment that is customized to the patient and their treatment goals for an improved chin profile.”

As a leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Gary Motykie supports the latest, proven and FDA approved cutting edge treatments designed to enhance a person’s appearance. Dr. Motykie provides state of the art surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas.

Successful Tests

Kybella’s success is backed by an international clinical development program that covered more than 20 clinical studies and 2,600 patients worldwide. In the pivtal Phase III studies, more than 68% patients indicated a favorable response to Kybella. They report improvements in the amount of fat in the area underneath the chin. The emotional benefits achieved due to submental fat reduction were also enumerated by the patients.

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Kybella treatment is administered through injections directly into the specific fatty tissue below the chin. The treatment program will be customized according to the unique condition of the patient. One treatment session will typically last for about 20 minutes. Two to four treatments are usually required to achieve visible results. A maximum of six treatments of Kybella may be administered as the patient’s needs.

Dr. Michael C. Edwards, the President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), says that Kybella is an excellent revolution with prolific potential for the aesthetics industry. Dr. Edwards says it is critically important to choose the right surgeon to receive an advanced injectable solution such as Kybella.

The advantage with Kybella is that the procedure avoids all the typical risks and complications that may be associated with a surgery. The downtime is minimal and the patient does not have to undergo a prolonged treatment or recovery process.

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Kybella FDA Approved for Double Chin Reduction

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