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.


Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon before an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)


Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon before an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)Anyone who is considering undergoing tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure, or already has booked an appointment for an initial tummy tuck consultation, should go with some preparation about what questions to ask during the consultation. An experienced surgeon will usually address most queries and doubts from their own side, but preparation and awareness always helps.

Tummy tuck is a major surgery, and a candidate should go for it only when they have full clarity of all their doubts and concerns and when they are willing to choose it for their own sake, and not under the influence of anyone else. Dr. Gary Motykie is a renowned cosmetic surgeon providing tummy tuck and various other procedures of the breast, body and face. Dr. Motykie provides tummy tuck to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.


Checklist of Questions

The following is a typical list of questions that most patients would like to ask their surgeon or perhaps should ask their surgeon. The patient may carry this list with them to the surgeon’s office for the first consultation, or try to memorize the questions that they feel are most important to address their needs.


Surgeon-related Queries

  • Are you a qualified and board certified plastic surgeon?
  • For how long have you practiced as a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon?
  • Have you performed tummy tuck procedure before?
  • What is your success rate with a procedure such as tummy tuck?
  • Would you perform the procedure at a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or a private surgical suite?
  • Is your surgical facility accredited by a federal or state recognized agency?


Procedure-related Queries

  • Would I make a good candidate for a full or partial tummy tuck surgery?
  • What tummy tuck plastic surgery technique would you use in my case?
  • What kind of scarring should I expect, and how visible or obvious would they appear?
  • Will I be required to make any lifestyle changes before and after the surgery?
  • Would you like to speak with my physician in case any alteration of schedule for my regular medications is needed?
  • What is the estimated duration of the tummy tuck surgery procedure?
  • Would you use general or local anesthesia with sedation for this procedure?
  • Will the anesthesia be performed by a qualified anesthesiologist or an anesthetist nurse?
  • Would I experience any pain or discomfort during the surgery?


Recovery-related Queries 

  • How long and how painful the recovery period is likely to be?
  • How many days off should I take from my work?
  • When will I be able to resume my full activities, including exercises and sports?
  • Are there any risks and complications that I should be aware of?
  • What precautions can I take to minimize the risks during the recovery phase?
  • Would any post-operative complications be handled by you and your staff?
  • Do you have a policy with regard to revision surgeries?
  • How can I get in touch with you in case of any emergency during the recovery period?

The patient should also frankly discuss the cost and financing aspects during the initial consultation process to make a well-informed decision.


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Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon before an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)

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