Cheryl Phillips, MD, CMDR, is the President and CEO of the special needs Plans Alliance, a national leadership organization focused on Special Needs and Medicare-Medicaid plans for vulnerable adults. Prior to this, she served as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy at LeadingAge. She has extensive public policy experience in long-term care, including nursing homes, home health, hospice and PACE. She is a past president of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and American Geriatrics Society. She is a fellowship-trained geriatrician with years of hands on clinical and medical director experience.