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.


Dr. Gary Motykie: Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Beverly Hills | Los Angeles

Dr. Gary Motykie: Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhinoplasty is derived from the Greek terms ‘rhino’ meaning nose and ‘plasty’ meaning to shape or reform. Also commonly known as a nose job, it is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting or reconstructing nasal features. Rhinoplasty is usually done with the intention of achieving aesthetic improvement in the nose like straightening a crooked nose, proportioning the nose with the other facial features or improving the shape of the nose as well as the nostrils.

If you are planning to get a nose job, make sure you know how rhinoplasty works and what to expect after the cosmetic surgery. The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, and nothing can be worse than a bad nose job.

What happens in a rhinoplasty?

During rhinoplasty, your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions at various points in your nose to operate on the bones and cartilage of your nose. Depending on the result you want, the bone or tissue may be removed or added from another part of your body or with synthetic fillers. Of course, it is important for your surgeon to determine what will suit your face best.

Dr. Gary Motykie, M.D., F.A.C.S. who is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California rightfully believes that the ‘right’ nose needs to be evaluated based on the person’s face so that the final appearance can be worked out accordingly. Once the changes to the bone and tissue are done, your skin is placed over the new structure of your nose. Recovery is usually very fast, but sometimes the procedure may warrant a night stay at the hospital.

Plastic surgery gone bad

Most unsuccessful rhinoplasty surgeries are generally due to the surgeon’s inexperience, or incorrect surgical techniques. The patient will then have to go for what is known as revision rhinoplasty which will correct the nasal defects which resulted from the previous cosmetic surgery.

Sometimes rhinoplasty results in what is known as ‘the over-done’ or a very artificial ‘operated-on’ look. Other cases could be scarring of the tissues, uneven nostril size or functional problems such as runny nose and breathing problems. In these cases a revision rhinoplasty is the only solution. According to Dr Motykie, revision rhinoplasty is extremely challenging to perform since it requires a plastic surgeon with exceptional experience who can work on a nose where the normal anatomy has been distorted.

It is extremely important that while scouting for plastic surgeons, you look for surgeons who possess artistic skills with regards to the scalpel as well as a sense of aesthetics to achieve successful results. Ensure that you review their experience and work through before-and-after photos to evaluate their surgical expertise. It is a good idea to clear your doubts about the procedure during an initial consultation. It will not only help you put yourself at ease but will help you gauge your surgeon’s skill.

To see more services and treatments provided by Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Motykie in Beverly Hills | Los Angeles and his team please visit:

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