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.

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Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Getting Pectoral Implants

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Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Getting Pectoral ImplantsThe primary concern of a dedicated breast surgeon is to help the patient make an educated and salient decision. You should not hesitate to have your concerns or doubts cleared. A responsible surgeon will make sure that they provide the most accurate answers to you.

You should also feel free to request for patient testimonials and before and after images of past patients to gain more insights about the procedure and your surgeon’s skills. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides pectoral implants to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

What are your professional qualifications?

Asking the plastic surgeon whether they are board certified may seem like an obvious question. However, it is important to determine that the surgeon has the necessary certifications, qualifications in plastic surgery, and other credentials for effectively and safely performing the procedure.

Which surgical technique will you use?

Pectoral implant procedures are highly customizable and variable. It is beneficial to work with a surgeon that is practiced in various treatment and incision techniques. You should ask prospective surgeons regarding their opinions and ability to perform specific techniques (if you have learned of one).

Will you personally perform my procedure?

Plastic surgeons tend to work at different practices with various associates. It is possible that the doctor you speak with may not perform your surgery. This makes it necessary to ask for the surgeon that would perform your procedure.

How is a pec implant surgical plan created?

Plastic surgery is a highly personalized procedure. Patients tend to feel more comfortable when working with surgeons ready to take their concerns into account. Deciding the treatments and surgeries you require needs to be a collaborative process.

What is the typical charge for a pec implant procedure? What is the cost breakup?

Costs for a pectoral implant surgery vary widely. You can make a better decision by attaining an estimated price range. You can budget and plan for the procedure in a better way as well by asking what is included in the cost estimate (prescription, post-operative garments etc.)

What is the estimated recovery period for pectoral implant surgery?

Healing time for each patient is different. You can prepare for the cosmetic surgery better by attaining an approximate idea. This will also help you plan your work better.

What are the complications associated with pec implant surgery?

Trustworthy plastic surgeons should discuss the complications and risks associated with the surgery. They should also tell you ways to minimize the issues.

What type of post-operative care will I receive?

Recovering from a pectoral implant procedure can be a delicate and time-consuming process. It’s fundamental the surgeon and nursing staff are available for questions, follow-up appointments, and all necessary treatments.

What is the average success rate for this surgery?

If this surgery is regularly performed at the plastic surgeon’s office, they should be able to help you with the success rate. Higher success rate is always better even if complications are to be expected. You should also ask the plastic surgeon about how the complications would be handled.

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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