We recently got told by our billing people that a patient must sign our Hippa and billing authorization forms even if they are blind or don't speak English. My understanding was that if the patient can't understand what they are signing their signature is invalid. At one place I worked we had the HIPPA form in different languages so the patient could read it and sign. And I also understood that you would have to read the entire document to a blind person before they could sign.
Our billing people say that being blind or having a language barrier is not adequate for being "physically or mentally incapable of signing". I'm pretty sure they are breaking the rules. Anyone have any idea where I can find information that defines being blind or non-english speaking as NOT "physically or mentally incapable", anyone else have similar rules?