Letter to the Editor

On “Improving Mental Health Services Through Physician Assistants: Legislation in Several Southern States”

Authors: Keisha L. Pitts, JD, Stephanie Radix, JD


To the Editor: The American Academy of Physician Assistants wishes to express concern regarding the article by Buchbinder and colleagues published in the April 2017 issue of the Southern Medical Journal.1

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1. Buchbinder M, Regan J, Aldea M, et al. Improving mental health services through physician assistants: legislation in several southern states. South Med J 2017;110:239-243.
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