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.


Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure Steps

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure StepsTummy tuck is a major body contouring plastic surgery procedure involving several key steps. Depending on the type of surgical technique and the extent of surgery involved, the steps may slightly vary. The surgeon will discuss about these steps during the pre-op consultation.

Once the patient is fully aware of what to expect during the tummy tuck procedure, it will help to reduce their pre-surgery anxiety and make them feel more confident. Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced and proven cosmetic surgeon with board certification in plastic surgery providing tummy tuck to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

Placing the Incisions

Following the administering of anesthesia, the surgeon will place incisions in inconspicuous locations in the abdominal area. The extent and shape of incisions will depend on the choice of surgical technique. A partial tummy tuck may only involve a minor incision made beneath the belly button.

On the other hand, a circumferential tummy tuck plastic surgery will usually involve an incision around the entire waist line, including the back.

Repositioning the Belly Button

In many cases, the surgeon may decide to reposition the belly button as part of tummy tuck. This can help to make the tightened and lifted abdomen appear more natural looking. The original navel may be detached and placed in a more appropriate location. In some cases, the old navel may not be reattached, but a new navel may be artificially created. This artificial sculpting should only be performed by a reliable and qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Tightening Underlying Muscles

The underlying abdominal muscles may become weak or separated. The surgeon can tighten these sagging muscles during the tummy tuck surgery. The abdominal skin will be separated from the abdominal walls through the incisions. A more toned look will be created by pulling the muscles closer together and suturing them into a firmer position. The waistline will appear narrowed with abdominal muscle tightening.

Removing Excess Skin

Once the abdominal muscles are tightened, the surgeon will pull the skin downward to make it taut and smooth. Excess skin will then be removed. Liposuction may sometimes be performed at this stage to remove excess fat tissue before the skin is pulled tight. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.

Minimizing Stretch Marks

Although stretch mark removal is not one of the goals in tummy tuck surgery, but it is usually possible reduce the visibility of stretch marks, depending on the incision location. If the stretch marks are located beneath the belly button, they may be removed along with the loose skin. Even other stretch marks may sometimes become less conspicuous following tummy tuck.

Wound Closure

Following the surgery, the incisions will be closed carefully with surgical stitches. The surgeon may place temporary drain tubes under the skin at the incision site to collect excess fluid. This will mitigate the risk of infection. Drain tubes and stitches may be removed around the same time in about one week after the surgery.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure Steps

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