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.


Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) Cost

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) Cost

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) CostA good rhinoplasty can be quite difficult for you to manage because of its high cost. However, it is always sensible to opt for the best quality available. While a good surgeon may cost you a little more, it is not worth risking your appearances and safety for the sake of small discounts. Instead, you can work your way around the issue by financing your plastic surgery differently.

It could take quite a while before you manage to save up. Instead, you could opt for medical loans. Here are some ways by which you can finance your surgery without having to create a huge hole in your pocket. Before you decide how to pay though, you should ensure that you are getting rhinoplasty done from accredited and certified surgeons.

Credit systems

You can pay for surgery using a normal credit card. You will have to repay the amount in installments, which are manageable of course. However, you must watch out for the interest rate credit card companies charge you. It is not worth paying a lump sum just in interest for cosmetic surgery.

There are special credit systems developed by certain doctors and hospitals. Find out if the place you plan to get the procedure done from has any of these options. Before making a credit card of a certain kind specifically for the procedure, check with your surgeon and find out if they accept the type of card or the particular card company.

Bank loans

If the need for surgery is purely medical, as in the case of injury, then you can get your insurance company to pay for the surgery for you. However, if it is only for aesthetic enhancement, these companies will not be of any help. You could approach a bank though. Banks pay out medical loans for various purposes, including plastic surgery.

Unsecured credit loans

This is not a great option unless you have a low credit score. If this is the case and you find it difficult to get your procedure financed through other sources, you could consider this as an option. Since the lender will capitalize on the fact that you don’t have many choices, he/she will make up for it by providing you with the funding with due speed and confidentiality, ensuring that you get the experience you deserve. Quite often, unsecured credit loans of this sort are given by private lenders who belong to the clinic or hospital.

Once you have decided on your preferred payment method, you will have to take care to choose a good facility and a good cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Gary Motykie, operating in areas of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood & Los Angeles, suggests that you ask for a doctor’s credentials and success or satisfaction rates before you sign up or make your payment. Make up your mind on what exactly you want and communicate with your plastic surgeon as best as you can. You will definitely have a great experience after such precautionary measures.

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