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.


Pectoral Implant Surgery Risks

Pectoral Implants

Pectoral Implant Surgery RisksSome men cannot acquire the chest definition they want even with frequent exercise and specific weight lifting. Pectoral implant cosmetic surgery procedure can help improve their chest contour. The procedure has become popular for men who are unable to achieve sculpted and masculine chests even after visiting the gym.

However, it is important to know the potential risks, side effects and any other downsides of the procedure before you make a decision. Talk to your surgeon about the risks during the initial consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides pectoral implants to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Risks and Limitations

Pectoral implant plastic surgery does not result in risks and complications frequently. Your surgeon will discuss your specific risks for pec implant procedure during the initial consultation. There is a degree of risk in all surgical procedures. These are a few potential complications associated with pectoral implant surgery:

  • Seroma or hematoma
  • Adverse anesthesia reaction
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Changes in sensation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Scarring
  • Damage to underlying structure
  • Unsatisfactory results necessitating additional procedures

Other risks associated with pectoral implants:

  • Asymmetry
  • Implant movement
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness in upper arm or chest

You can minimize these risks by following the instructions and advice of your plastic surgeon regarding pre- and post-operative care.

General Risks Associated with Pectoral Implants

  1. Adverse Anesthesia Reaction

Your cosmetic surgeon would place you under general anesthesia before carrying out the tummy tuck procedure. This comes with marginal risk. Poor reaction may take place in rare circumstances. An experienced anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist is usually present for detecting complications and minimizing the risks.

  1. Blood Clotting

Pectoral implant cosmetic surgery may result in the formation of blood clots. This is rare and can complicate blood flow. You must follow pre- and post-operative care for minimizing the risks. Compression garments and mild exercises are conducive to improve blood flow and reduce the risks associated with blood clots.

  1. Infection Risks

Risk of infection during pectoral implant surgery is high. It’s critical that the surgical room be sterile for reducing these risks. You should follow proper wound care following the surgery, especially while changing or removing bandages. Make sure you avoid contact with the incision site for a few days.

  1. Fluid Accumulation

Fluid accumulation and seroma formation between skin flap and muscle layer may occur after a pectoral implant surgery. This may increase the chances of risk. The surgeon may place temporary drain tubes for minimizing the risk. You should adhere to all surgeon provided instructions for measuring and emptying drains.

  1. Slow or Poor Healing

Bruising and swelling can take anywhere from a few days to weeks to resolve following the procedure. However, if symptoms continue beyond an acceptable stage, it may be a case of poor or slow healing. Irregular healing may result in skin loss. Scarring would also be higher in such cases. You should ensure that you don’t smoke for a few days or weeks prior to and following the pectoral implant surgery. Smoking impacts the body’s natural healing in a negative way.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for pec implants surgery.

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