See this blog posting regarding the unfortunate situation regarding board certification for pediatricians and how, at least so far, the monopoly of ABMS is preserved.
If possible the MOC situation regarding peds is even worse that that regarding internists and their board, the ABIM.
One major insurer has refused to recognize certification from anything other than a ABMS recognized board.
Quoting Dr. Med Edison in her blog:
" After months of speculation about insurer acceptance of anything
other than ABMS certification, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is on
record refusing certification through the National Board of Physicians
and Surgeons. To my knowledge, they are the first to do so.
This is actually a big deal for pediatricians in Michigan. For our
internist friends, the ABIM has slowed down implementation of MOC. But
the American Board of Pediatrics refuses to listen to pediatricians, and instead instructs insurers to “check” our certificates yearly."
From the narrative related by Dr. Edison the folks at ABIM seem like avuncular colleagues compared to the even more hard nosed folks at the pediatrics board.
It may be too early to say but it looks like we might see another situation in which the dogs bark and the caravan moves on. If other insurance companies refuse to accept NBPAS certification the viability of that organization is in doubt.