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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Your Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery ConsultationThe first stage in the rhinoplasty plastic surgery procedure will be a detailed consultation with the surgeon. The consultation process will enable the surgeon to create a customized surgical plan, and will help the patient to learn all about the procedure and related aspects of preparation and precautions. Open communication and trust between the patient and surgeon will help to ensure an effective consultation.

Dr. Gary Motykie is a well-established cosmetic surgeon providing rhinoplasty and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. At the time of initial consultation, Dr. Motykie will explain various aspects of the procedure, and enable the patient to make an informed choice. He provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.


Patient’s Feedback

At the very outset of the consultation process, the surgeon would need to know why the patient wants to receive nose plastic surgery, and which aspects of their nose are bothering them. The patient will also be required to provide accurate and updated information about their health records and current medical condition. The surgeon can prepare an appropriate surgical plan once the patient shares all the necessary details.


Patient’s Cosmetic Needs

The surgeon will encourage the patient to be forthcoming about their intrinsic cosmetic desires and aspirations about their nose and face appearance. One the patient’s aesthetic goals are clearly known to the surgeon, they can try to customize the rhinoplasty surgery plan in a way that those are incorporated to create more effective outcomes.


Current Health Condition

The patient will be required to arrange for their medical records to be shared with the rhinoplasty cosmetic surgeon. If the patient is suffering from any existing health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or neurological problems, or if they have any specific known allergies, they should disclose all such information transparently to the surgeon.


Ongoing Medications

Before visiting for the rhinoplasty consultation, the patient can prepare a list of all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins to present before the surgeon. If the patient has a history of smoking or a problem of excessive alcohol use, they should be frank about informing accurately on these issues for their own safety.


Questions to Ask

The consultation will be an opportunity for the patient to ask as many questions as they want, and clear all their doubts and concerns before making a final decision. The surgeon will answer all the questions with accuracy and in proper details in a patient-friendly language. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.



Photos and Testimonials

Many nose surgeons prefer to present before the patients rhinoplasty before and after images at the time of initial consultation. This allows them to ensure that the patient knows about what the procedure can or cannot do for them, and forms reasonable expectations.

At the patient’s request, the surgeon may also provide testimonials of past patients who have received nose surgery and shared their experience. Aspects related costs, insurance and financing should also be discussed with the surgeon during the rhinoplasty consultation.


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