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 Time Frame: When Can I Go Back to Work?

Rhinoplasty Time Frame: When Can I Go Back to Work?A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure to reshape the nose. The amount of time it takes to recover from a nose job can vary from person to person, but many people want to know when they can return to work after the surgery. In this blog post, we will discuss the typical time frame for returning to work after a rhinoplasty. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to reshape or resize the nose. It can be done for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance of the nose or for functional reasons to improve breathing difficulties. During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions, adjusts the nasal bone and cartilage, and may add or remove tissue. Rhinoplasty can greatly improve self-confidence and overall facial harmony, making it a popular choice among those seeking facial rejuvenation.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

After undergoing rhinoplasty, it is important to be prepared for the recovery process. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions, but there are a few general things to expect. Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes are common and may last for several weeks. You may also experience discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It is crucial to keep your head elevated and avoid strenuous activities to aid in the healing process. Your plastic surgeon will closely monitor your progress during follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery.

Factors Affecting Return to Work

The time it takes to return to work after rhinoplasty can vary depending on several factors. These include the extent of the procedure, the individual’s overall health, and their job requirements. If the surgery was minor and the individual’s job is not physically demanding, they may be able to return to work within a week. However, if the surgery was more extensive or the individual’s job involves strenuous physical activity, it may take several weeks or even months before they can safely return to work. It is important to follow the advice of your surgeon and give yourself enough time to heal properly before resuming work.

Typical Recovery Timeline

While every patient’s recovery is unique, there is a typical timeline for returning to work after rhinoplasty. For the first week after surgery, patients are advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Bruising and swelling will be at their peak during this time. In the second week, most patients feel well enough to resume light activities and can begin to gradually return to work. By the third week, swelling and bruising should have significantly subsided and patients can resume normal activities, including work. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions for post-operative care and return to work.

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