The partners and associates of Washington state-based Michael R. Bell & Company, PLLC, have joined Wipfli LLP, an international CPA firm headquartered in Milwaukee, effective August 1, expanding Wipfli’s health care consulting practice.

Michael R. Bell & Company specializes in providing audit, accounting and consulting services to a variety of health care organizations and will become part of Wipfli’s full-service health care industry practice.

“Wipfli currently offers our health care clients a wide range of audit, tax and consulting services and has a number of clients in the western half of the United States, but joining forces with Michael R. Bell & Company will help us to expand into that area officially and serve a larger portion of it,” said Wipfli managing partner Rick Dreher in a statement.

Bell pointed out that Wipfli will provide his firm with additional resources, “including specialized consulting services that are focused on helping health care organizations address issues facing the industry.”

Wipfli has approximately 800 partners and associates, and 15 offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington State. The firm already services a significant number of health care organizations, including hospitals, medical practices, long-term care facilities, and dental facilities. Wipfli has been serving mid-sized businesses for over 80 years. The firm ranked 27th on Accounting Today’s 2010 list of the Top 100 Firms, with $114.69 million in annual revenue.

Washington state-based Michael R. Bell & Company was established in 1991 and provides audit, accounting and consulting services to health care organizations. The firm has 17 employees, including two partners, and works with hundreds of health care organizations across the western United States.

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