Health care accounting and consulting firms Pershing Yoakley & Associates and GatesMoore said Thursday they plan to merge on January 1.

The combined firm will have more than 180 employees in offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Tampa Bay, Fla. GatesMoore will contribute approximately 50 professionals and staff to the combined firm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

“Over our nearly 30 years, we have never seriously considered a merger or acquisition,” said GatesMoore co-founder Greg Gates in a statement. “When PYA approached us about how our two companies might work together to better service physicians, hospitals and the entire health care community, we were anxious to hear them out.”

GatesMoore specializes in physician services and fair market value reporting. The firm was founded in 1982 and serves clients in Georgia and several other southeastern states. PYA was established in 1983 by PYA president Ed Pershing and partner Doug Yoakley and has grown to a staff of 130 in four offices.

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