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.


Mole / Skin Tag Removal 

Mole and Skin Tag Removal Options

Mole / Skin Tag Removal Moles and skin tags are both conditions where there is an abnormal outgrowth of skin. Skin tags are tiny, balloon-shaped, and soft growths growing out of the skin on a narrow stem. These are benign and harmless and commonly occur in skin areas such as the armpits, groin, neck, and on the eyelids. They are found more in zones where the skin folds such as under the breasts and buttocks. 

Moles are skin growths that develop from clusters of pigment cells, also known as melanocytes. They are more likely to occur on those skin regions that are most exposed to sunlight. Most moles are harmless and do not need any treatment; however, a few may convert into a dangerous type of skin cancer called melanoma. 

You need not worry about a mole that stays unchanged. However, if you find that the size, height, color or texture of your mole begins to change, it is best to see a doctor. If you notice any other changes such as itching of the mole, or drying or scaling of the mole’s skin, or lumpiness in the mole, or bleeding, or some liquid oozing out of the mole, make sure you consult a doctor immediately for further examination. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides mole and skin tag removal to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.  

Treatment for Skin Tags and Moles 

Skin Tags 

Doctors advise leaving skin tags alone unless they are a cosmetic issue or a cause of discomfort. Over time, if you notice any change in the nature of your skin tags, it is best to have a doctor examine them to decide if they need to be removed. 

Removal of skin tags is a simple procedure and can be easily performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Common procedures include cutting or tying or freezing of the skin tag by using liquid nitrogen. 


Regular moles generally don’t require any treatment; true moles will need surgical treatment with the help of a minor procedure such as excision of the lesion. These procedures are simple and easily performed in-office by a trained healthcare professional. Irregular moles that exhibit changes must be excised and sent to the laboratory for pathology which is a special examination of tissue. 

Laser treatments are not advisable for moles although some centers and countries do use them. Use of fading and bleaching creams or chemical peels, or treatment with intense light pulses or liquid nitrogen may work for skin issues such as lentigines or sunspots; however, they are never used to treat melanocytic nevi.  

Plastic surgeons specifically train for removal of skin growths. Most people have no or little discomfort following mole-removal surgery; only a tiny scar will remain following the procedure. Pain medication is generally unnecessary; any mild pain will respond to non-aspirin pain relievers that are easily available over-the-counter 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal. 

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