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.


The Risks of Going to Just Any Surgeon for Revision Rhinoplasty

The Risks of Going to Just Any Surgeon for Revision RhinoplastyRevision rhinoplasty is a delicate and complicated procedure that should not be taken lightly. If you are considering revision rhinoplasty, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with going to just any surgeon. To ensure that you get the best possible outcome, you should look for a board-certified rhinoplasty specialist who has experience with performing this type of surgery. This post will explore the potential risks and the importance of finding the right surgeon for your revision rhinoplasty. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie performs revision rhinoplasty surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Understanding Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct or improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty surgery. It is often more complex and challenging than primary rhinoplasty because it involves working with altered nasal structures and scar tissue. 

During a revision rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon carefully evaluates the patient’s specific concerns and goals for the procedure. This may include correcting breathing problems, asymmetry, nasal tip shape, or overall aesthetic appearance. 

The surgeon will also assess the patient’s nasal anatomy and the previous surgical outcomes through a comprehensive examination and analysis of before-and-after photos. This evaluation helps determine the best surgical approach and techniques to achieve the desired results. 

Understanding the intricacies of revision rhinoplasty is crucial for patients to have realistic expectations and make informed decisions. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty is essential to ensure the highest level of expertise and a successful outcome. By carefully evaluating the surgeon’s qualifications and reviewing their before-and-after photos, patients can feel confident in their choice and achieve the desired results from their revision rhinoplasty.

The Risks of Going to an Inexperienced Surgeon

Choosing an inexperienced surgeon for revision rhinoplasty can come with significant risks and complications. Unlike primary rhinoplasty, revision surgery involves working with altered nasal structures and scar tissue, making it a more complex procedure. An inexperienced surgeon may lack the necessary skills and expertise to navigate these challenges successfully.

Without the right knowledge and experience, an inexperienced surgeon may struggle to address the specific concerns and goals of the patient. This could result in unsatisfactory outcomes, further complications, or even the need for additional revision surgeries.

Furthermore, an inexperienced surgeon may not have a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of revision rhinoplasty, leading to unrealistic expectations and disappointing results. By consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty, patients can ensure they are in the hands of an expert who is well-versed in the intricacies of the procedure.

Before making a decision, it is essential to review the surgeon’s before-and-after photos to assess their expertise and the quality of their work. This will provide a better understanding of the surgeon’s skill level and ability to deliver satisfactory results. By selecting an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, patients can minimize the risks associated with revision rhinoplasty and increase the chances of achieving their desired outcome.

How to Choose the Right Surgeon for Revision Rhinoplasty

Choosing the right surgeon for revision rhinoplasty is a critical step towards achieving the desired results. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a surgeon for your procedure.

Firstly, it is essential to ensure that the surgeon is board-certified and has extensive experience in performing revision rhinoplasty. This specialized training and expertise will ensure that they have the skills necessary to address the complexities of the procedure and navigate any potential challenges that may arise.

Additionally, reviewing the surgeon’s before and after photos is crucial. This allows you to assess the quality of their work and determine if their aesthetic sensibilities align with your desired outcome. Look for patients with similar concerns and goals to yours, and evaluate the surgeon’s ability to achieve natural-looking results.

Furthermore, consider scheduling a consultation with potential surgeons to discuss your specific concerns and goals. This will allow you to gauge their level of professionalism, communication skills, and willingness to listen to your needs.

Overall, choosing a surgeon for revision rhinoplasty requires thorough research and consideration. By carefully assessing their qualifications, reviewing their before and after photos, and scheduling consultations, you can ensure that you find the right surgeon to achieve your desired outcome.

What to Look for in Before-and-After Photos

When considering revision rhinoplasty, one of the most crucial steps is reviewing the surgeon’s before-and-after photos. These photos provide valuable insight into the surgeon’s skill level and ability to achieve satisfactory results. 

When evaluating rhinoplasty before and afters, look for patients with similar concerns and goals to yours. Pay attention to the overall aesthetic appearance and natural-looking results. Look for consistency in the surgeon’s work, including the ability to address specific concerns such as asymmetry or nasal tip shape. 

Examine the details in the before-and-after photos, including improvements in breathing problems or overall harmony in the facial features. It is essential to feel confident that the surgeon has the expertise to achieve your desired outcome. By thoroughly evaluating before-and-after photos, you can gain a better understanding of the surgeon’s abilities and increase the chances of a successful revision rhinoplasty.

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