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Today’s guest is Aaron “AJ” Hegg, MD, physician advisor for utilization management and CDI and critical care physician at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. Today’s show is part of the “Talking CDI” series. In every episode of this series, ACDIS Director of Programming Rebecca Hendren will be joined by a special guest, such as a member of the ACDIS Advisory Board or one of our expert Boot Camp instructors to discuss a topic pertinent to today’s CDI professional. Today’s show is co-hosted by Kim Conner, BSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro, a Simplify Compliance brand, in Middleton, Massachusetts.

Our intro and outro music for the ACDIS Podcast is “medianoche” by Dee Yan-Kay and our ad music is “Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar, both obtained from the Free Music Archive.

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CEU info:

Each ACDIS Podcast episode now offers 0.5 ACDIS CEUs which can be used toward recertifying your CCDS or CCDS-O credential for those who listen to the show in the first two days from the time of publication.

To receive your 0.5 CEUs, go to the show page on, by clicking on the “ACDIS Podcast” link located under the “Resources” tab. To take the evaluation, click the most recent episode from the list on the podcast homepage, view the podcast recording at the bottom of that show page, and click the live link at the very end after the music has ended. Your certificate will be automatically emailed to you upon submitting the brief evaluation.

The cut-off for today’s episode CEU is Friday, February 17, at 11:00 p.m. eastern. After that point, the CEU period will close, and you will not be eligible for the 0.5 CEUs for this week’s episode.

Today’s sponsor:

Today’s show is brought to you by the 2023 ACDIS National Conference, which takes place May 8-11, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. At this year’s event, you’ll find sessions for all experience levels and backgrounds in each of the conference tracks for 2023. This year’s tracks include:

  • Clinical & Coding
  • CDI Master Class
  • Quality & Regulatory
  • Management & Program Development
  • Innovation & Expansion

As well as unparalleled educational content, the ACDIS 2023 conference features inspirational keynotes to recharge your soul and opportunities to network with your peers that will revive your pride in your profession and send you back home with a new spring in your step.

As always, ACDIS provides continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages during breaks, and an opening night reception, all included with registration.

So, join us in 2023—it’s the right environment, the right nutrients, and the right atmosphere to better understand all the ways you can turn your daily work into an opportunity to not just live, but Flourish

Those who register by March 6, 2023, have access to our early bird discount price which gives you $100 off your registration, so make sure to act now!

Learn more and register by clicking here. (

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