ALSO NOTED: NH hospitals shift $345M to private plans; Cigna pays for "e-visits"; and much more...

> New Hampshire hospitals shifted $345 million onto privately insured patients in 2005, according to a new report. Article

> Cigna HealthCare for Seniors has agreed to reimburse doctors for Web-based "e-visits" and online health services. Article

> Autism diagnoses are on the rise. Now a furious debate is under way: is the disorder occurring more often or are health professionals simply getting better at detecting the condition? Article

> Maryland's Dimensions Healthcare, long on the brink financially, may file for bankruptcy or close for good now that the state has backed out of a plan to pump money into the system. Article

> The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will spend $23 million a year over the next seven years to establish a consortium of six research centers to investigate influenza viruses--including H5N1. Report

> Which medical therapies will be discredited in the near future? Blog

And Finally... A drug researcher is turning to patients to financially support his work. Article