Draffin & Tucker, LLP is pleased to welcome two new partners to the firm, Jeff Askey, CPA, and Sarah Dekutowski, CPA, effective July 1, 2017.
During his time at Draffin & Tucker, Jeff has been an integral part of the firm’s healthcare practice while focusing his efforts on Medicare and Medicaid healthcare reimbursement matters, cost report preparation and reopenings, provider-enrollment assistance, compliance reporting, and healthcare operational consulting. He has presented to numerous audiences regarding various healthcare reimbursement and compliance topics, authored articles related to modifications to Medicare Disproportionate Share/Uncompensated Care payments, and co-authored a comprehensive guide to understanding Medicare’s informational data collection effort regarding uncompensated and indigent care through the National Rural Health Resource Center.
As the firm continues to enhance its position in the healthcare market, Jeff’s objectives will be to expand the firm’s Reimbursement department, develop expanded service-line offerings, and optimize how the firm’s healthcare staffing and resources are being utilized. Jeff is based in the Albany, Georgia office.
“In today’s competitive market, sometimes the only differentiator for CPA firms is the level of customer service and commitment brought by a firm to its clients,” said Jeff Askey. “As evidenced by more than 65 years as a regional CPA firm, Draffin & Tucker has combined outstanding quality and unsurpassed customer service. As a partner, I wish to continue this tradition to our clients as well as develop the next generation of accountants who share in our core beliefs. I am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me and cannot be more excited for what I believe the future holds for our firm.”
Sarah, based in the Atlanta, Ga., office, has proven to be an effective leader in the firm’s consulting practice. Prior to joining Draffin &Tucker, she spent 20 years in the healthcare industry. Sarah was a manager with an international accounting firm and also served as a CFO for 10 years in the Atlanta area. With her background as a CFO and Chief Compliance Officer of a large home healthcare and hospice organization and as a CFO for a large academic physician practice organization, Sarah has utilized her experience to assist clients in a variety of areas including: finance and accounting operations, revenue cycle evaluations, physician needs assessments, compliance, forensic accounting and litigation support.
Sarah has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s Operational Consulting initiative, Resource Solutions. She has presented to a variety of audiences on multiple subject matters including 340B compliance, forensic accounting, physician and hospital integration, and CFO topics. She also has authored articles regarding physician practices and 340B compliance.
“Draffin & Tucker has significant technical knowledge and expertise to work side-by-side with organizations to address the challenges and opportunities in today’s changing marketplace,” said Sarah Dekutowski. “I sincerely appreciate this opportunity to continue the growth of the firm’s consulting practice and to lead a team of experienced professionals to support our clients. With Draffin & Tucker’s long-standing commitment to the success of its clients, I look forward to working with healthcare organizations and other businesses to help them tackle issues, make improvements, and achieve their goals.”
“We are excited as Jeff and Sarah continue to expand their roles within our firm,” said Jeff Wright, managing partner. “Jeff and Sarah each offer specialized skills that allow us to continue to deliver quality services to the healthcare and business community.”
ABOUT DRAFFIN & TUCKER
Draffin & Tucker, LLP is a regional full-service accounting firm widely recognized as a leader in the healthcare industry, with an additional focus in the construction, manufacturing, real estate and governmental industries. Celebrating more than 65 years of quality client service, the firm provides auditing, income tax and consulting services to clients across multiple states, primarily the Southeast. Draffin & Tucker, LLP is a 75-member team dedicated to meeting client needs, with office locations in Albany, Ga., and Atlanta, Ga. More information is available at www.draffin-tucker.com.
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