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 Surgery Alternatives

Tummy Tuck Surgery Alternatives

Tummy Tuck Surgery AlternativesWe are bombarded with images of flat abdominals through all possible channels of advertising. It is difficult to not pay attention to the sculpted and gorgeous abdominals that is not only a symbol of vanity but indicates youth and good health too.

What are the different ways of getting washboard abdominals?

Dieting, exercise and a combination of both can help achieve people their desired abdominal muscles. There are plastic surgery options like tummy tuck and body contouring that can help achieve flat abdominals too.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Dr. Gary Motykie, who is a cosmetic surgeon and works out of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Los Angeles, can help you determine the right option for you post a physical check up. Dr. Motykie’s clinic also offers online consultation for patients with really tight schedules.

Can I not just diet and exercise and get my dream abs?

Of course exercise and dieting are the first options that anyone must try to lose overall body fat and stomach flab. It becomes slightly problematic when people get impatient with these methods because they require time and patience. Also, stretch marks, saggy skin and fat pouches are difficult to get rid of just with exercise and diet.

How do I get rid of saggy flab?

Cosmetic surgery options allow body sculpting through abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Abdomen comprises skin, fat and muscle cells. All these components can be distorted and stretched due to sudden weight gain and weight loss. In women pregnancy can also lead to loosening of abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck can help restore abdominal muscles to their original shape by removing excess of fat and skin. Regular weight loss methods may tighten the muscles but they cannot help skin retain its elasticity.

Doesn’t tummy tuck involve going under the knife? I am afraid, do I have alternatives?

Surgical intervention is only needed when you have tried everything else and it hasn’t worked in your favor. Yes abdominoplasty involves going under the knife but it is a safe procedure and over the years it has become highly specialized and the recovery time of the patient has reduced by half. However, if you are looking for alternatives the you can always check out laser liposuction procedure, ultrasound cavitation, lipdissolve, and thermage.

Laser Liposuction: it is a laparoscopic procedure and involves minimal incisions to suck the fat out. It is a safe procedure, the recovery time is less and it can cost less than traditional tummy tuck surgery.

Ultrasound Cavitation: this method uses ultrasound technology to shrink fat in the fat cells without harming the system. It is a noninvasive procedure.

Lipodissolve: as the name suggests, injections containing special enzymes can be injected at the site of fat deposit to melt the fat. This is useful to target based fat loss

Thermage: this treatment enhances collagen production to firm the skin and melt unwanted fat. It is recommended for people with loose skin.

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

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